Favourites for the elite women's individual time trial, UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds

Annemiek van Vleuten
Annemiek van Vleuten, by Theo Stikkelman, Licence CC BY 2.0

The elite women's individual time trial at the UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds is 30km from Ripon to Harrogate.

The first part is on the wide, gently rolling A61 as far as Ripley, and will favour pure power. The second part takes in the Nidderdale villages of Birstwith and Hampsthwaite, and involves descents to the river Nidd, with climbs the other side. The final part to Harrogate is on the A59 then A61, and is straight and fairly flat except for the hill on the way into town.

The Dutch team took first, second, and third place at the 2018 Worlds, and they are likely to be the strongest contenders for the 2019 World title. Lisa Klein of Germany and British champion Alice Barnes will be hoping to upset the Dutch dominance.

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