Daydream Gareeva Russia’s time trial queen
The second day of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships got underway with aplomb as 50 riders from 31 nations took on the Women Junior Individual Time Trial; with Russia's Aigul Gareeva taking the rainbow jersey.
In stark contrast to the previous day’s racing, there was nothing but blue skies as the riders rode off the start ramp, and blue was a colour that would be seen for a while as France’s Lea Curinier set a fantastic early time of 22.51 across the 13.7km course and with that, a place on the hot seat.
Megan Jastrab of the USA not only managed to beat a fellow rider to the line but also took the lead, however this was short-lived as Sofia Collinelli of Italy put in a very strong performance to come in nine seconds down on the American.
The Netherlands’ Leonie Bos and Sweden’s Wilma Olausson took the lead time respectively, before another Dutch rider helped to further cement the Netherlands, after yesterday’s stunning win, as time trial specialists in the form of Shirin van Anrooij who sped over the line to set a time of 22.19.
Van Anrooij was sat on the very edge of the hot seat awaiting the fates of rivals Aigul Gareeva of Russia, Sofia Collinelli of Italy and home favourite Elynor Backstedt.
Despite an earlier slip, Gareeva was motoring but her efforts almost ended in disaster as the 18-year-old Russian took a wrong turn just before the ascent finish on Parliament Street costing her around 10 seconds. Despite this her stellar effort was rewarded with the fastest time, having still managed to beat the leader van Anrooij by 3.61 seconds.
Italy’s Camilla Alessio sat in the bronze medal position to complete the live podium ahead of the last rider on the track Backstedt’s finish, but would not hold on as the British rider who finished third last year in the same event at the World Championships took third once more and with it, the bronze medal.