Elite Women’s Road Race 23rd September 2017
The pace was high in the Elite Women’s Road Race at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway today.
The Irish team’s Lydia Boylan, along with over half the peloton were pulled before the finish of the 152.8km race, with the gold medal being won by Chantal Blaak (NED). Katrin Garfoot (AUS) and Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen won the silver and bronze.
“That was a bit of a shock to the system,” said Boylan immediately after the race which was fast paced from the start. “It’s the World Championships, I was expecting it to be hard, it’s the biggest, hardest field of the year.”
After the first lap the Team WNT Procycling racer was chasing with a small group just behind the main peloton, before racing hard and regaining contact – “As soon as we got back in the bunch I knew I needed to be better positioned, and I managed to do that the second and third time up the climb. It was actually on the more technical section on the cobbles that things started to light up a bit, and I got caught out too far back.”
Boylan’s group was pulled from the race, leaving her as a DNF, once the gap grew by a few minutes with three laps to go – “It’s the same old story – you need to be well positioned in these bunches or else gaps just open up. Unfortunately, that was me in a group just off the back, and not able to get back on.
ELITE WOMEN’S ROAD RACE:
Gold Chantal Blaak (NED) 4:06:30
Silver Katrin Garfoot (AUS) +0.28
Bronze Amalie Dideriksen (DEN) +0.28
DNF Lydia Boylan