Dutchwoman Karlijn Swinkels rode to her first world championship title Monday in the junior women’s individual time trial in Doha, Qatar. The 17-year-old beat Italian Lisa Morzenti by seven seconds on the 13.7km course. France’s Juliette Labous was third, 21 seconds behind.
- 1. Karlijn SWINKELS, (NED), in 18:21.77
- 2. Lisa MORZENTI, (ITA), at :7.35
- 3. Juliette LABOUS, (FRA), at :21.35
- 4. Skylar SCHNEIDER, (USA), at :30.03
- 5. Hannah ARENSMAN, (USA), at :34.05
- 6. Franziska BRAUßE, (GER), at :34.26
- 7. Simone EG, (DEN), at :38.41
- 8. Alessia VIGILIA, (ITA), at :42.13
- 9. Madeleine FASNACHT, (AUS), at :43.60
- 10. Elena PIRRONE, (ITA), at :43.67
Swinkels was second in the Netherlands’s junior national time trial championships earlier this summer. She has three other podium finishes in 2016 Nations Cup races.
Two Americans rode to top-five finishes in the individual test: Skylar Schneider was fourth, and Hannah Arensman was fifth.
Schneider rode a fast time late in the order, 18:51.80. The American was only bettered by Swinkels and Morzenti, who had started fourth and second to last. Only Labous remained on course, and Schneider seemed to be set for a bronze medal. But Labous closed fast to finish in 18:43.12, stepping up from her fifth-place in Richmond last year.
Time trial races continue Tuesday in Doha with the junior men’s and the elite women’s events.
Also on Monday, the under-23 men raced the time trial, and Germans went one-two in the 28.9km race.