Cycling Road: Belarus and New Zealand Win Time Trial at Road World Championships

Belarus and New Zealand were the winners in the time trial events at the 2015 Road Cycling World Championships. The 10 highest ranked nations from each gender will be given quotas to compete in the Olympics. The Road Cycling World Championships were held in Richmond, United States from September 19th to September 27th 2015.

The women’s time trial had a 30km distance. The first competitor was 2014 world champion Lisa Brennauer who placed an impressive time of 40:35.13; however she was quickly passed by Netherlands’ Anna van der Breggen whom finished 2.72 seconds faster. She was able to hold onto the lead until the ninth rider as New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen finished with a time of 40:29.87. Villumsen would go to hold onto the lead and win the gold medal. van der Breggen and Brennauer also went on to win silver and bronze respectively.

The top 10 nations that were given an Olympic quota were New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, United States, Belarus, Belgium, Russia, Czech Republic and Canada.

The men’s time trial had a 53.5km distance. Being the third one out Belarus’ Vasil Kiryienka set a fast time of 1:02:29.45 which ended up being good enough to win gold. In fact his performance was so good that only silver medalist Adriano Malori of Italy finished within 10 seconds of his time. Jerome Coppel of France won the bronze medal as he finished 26.62 seconds off Kiryienka’s time.

The top 10 nations that were given an Olympic quota were Belarus, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and United States.

Despite being given quotas to compete in the time trial the nations technically have not qualified any athletes. That is because the time trial is made up of athletes whom qualified in the road race. Should one of these nations fail to qualify in the road race and do not receive a reallocation spot then the quota for the time trial will be given to the next eligible nation whom has qualified athletes to the road race.

Quotas by Nation

  • Australia – 2
  • Belarus – 2
  • Czech Republic – 2
  • Germany – 2
  • Netherlands – 2
  • United States – 2
  • Belgium – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • France – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Poland – 1
  • Russia – 1
  • Spain – 1

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