Some great results from our team at the individual time trial world championships today in Bergen, Norway. British rider Hannah Barnes stormed around the course despite some rainy conditions to finish ninth.
The new ITT world champion jersey went to Annemiek van Vleuten (NED), who won over her compatriot Anna van der Breggen (NED) +0:12, with Katrina Garfoot (AUS) +0:19 taking bronze.
Hannah Barnes finished in ninth, 1:23 behind the winner. Lisa Brennauer who started in the final wave of riders finished in 12th position, +1:38 behind the winner while Trixi Worrack came in 17th position, +2:03.
Hannah said she planned to start hard. “Looking at the previous races a lot of the riders that were high up at the first split tended to do well overall so I wanted to out pretty hard. The climb I had raced already in the TTT so I knew how to pace it and knew that you could take some recovery on the descent so could afford to go pretty deep up it.”
“I felt strong on the climb and that’s where I felt I was able to gain the most time. I knew that going hard on the climbing sections was the best strategy for me so that’s what I aimed to do,” said Hannah.
Before the ITT Hannah was aiming for top ten. “I’m happy with 9th. I was going for a top 10 but I didn’t really expect to get it. I really liked the course when I had pre ridden it and I knew it was a course I could do well on so I used that as motivation and did the best ride I could.”
All three riders will now recover in time to race the women’s road race on Saturday 23 September.