Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen wins the women's elite individual time trial at the World Championships in Imola, Italy.
A pared-down version of the 2020 Road World Championships will be held in Italy from 24-27 September.
The annual championships were originally due to be held in Switzerland, but had to be switched because of coronavirus restrictions.
Cycling's governing body, the UCI, has chosen to run just the elite road and time trial races for both men and women - there will be no junior or under-23 events and no team time trial mixed relay.
The start and finish of each event will take place on the Imola motor racing circuit, but each route will break out onto the roads of the Emilia Romagna region.
The men's road race will be held on a punishing 260km route that features nearly 5,000m of climbing, while the women's event will be held over 144km, ascending over 2,750m. The time-trial circuit will be 32km for both men and women.
The four-day championships will see a host of top cycling talent with recent Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar and runner up Primoz Roglic set to compete in the men's road race on Sunday.Copyright: Getty Images
Defending champion Chloe Dygert of the United States underwent what was described as “successful” surgery in a Bologna hospital after crashing out of the women’s time trial when leading the provisional timings on Thursday. Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen claimed her first gold in the event.
Dygert, the favourite, had the best split time midway through the 32km race but lost traction on a corner and fell over a barrier into a ditch. She was airlifted to hospital from the scene.
European champion Van der Breggen improved in the second half of the race-against-the-clock in Emilia-Romagna to add the world title to her win in the Giro Rosa at the end of last week.
"I just wanted to go as fast as possible to the finish. It was only when I crossed the line that I knew I had won," she said afterwards.
- Anna van der Breggen (Ned) 40min 20sec (ave: 29.4 mph)
- Marlen Reusser (Swi) @ 0:15sec
- Ellen van Dijk (Ned) @ 0:31
- Lisa Brennauer (Ger) @ 0:45,
- Grace Brown (Aus) @ 1:01
- Amber Neben (US) @ 2:38
- Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen (Den) @ 1:22
- Mieke Kroger (Ger) @ 1:31
- Lauren Stephens (US) @ 1:43
- Vittoria Bussi (Ita) @1:46
Others: 15. Lizzy Banks (GB) @ 2:24, 19. Alice Barnes (GB) @ 2:33
Great Britain have named six male and female riders for the road race and two riders for the individual time trials.
Among them is 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas who will compete in the individual time trial on Friday.
Lizzie Deignan, who won the 2015 women's road race, will again be competing in that race.
Matt Holmes has withdrawn from the men’s road race due to a non-COVID related illness, with Ethan Hayter taking his place.
Women’s Road Race: Lizzy Banks, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Lizzie Deignan, Anna Henderson and Anna Shackley.
Women’s Time Trial: Lizzy Banks and Alice Barnes.
Men’s Road Race: Hugh Carthy, Ethan Hayter, James Knox, Tom Pidcock, Luke Rowe and James Shaw.
Men’s Time Trial: Alex Dowsett and Geraint Thomas.Copyright: SWpix.com
Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won the women's time trial after American favourite Chloe Dygert crashed out at the Road World Championships in Italy.
Dygert looked set to defend her title on the 31.7km circuit at Imola but lost control on a corner and hit a barrier.
USA Cycling later confirmed that Dygert had undergone surgery in a Bologna hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.
Van der Breggen won in 40 minutes, 20.14 seconds, with Switzerland's Marie Reusser 15 seconds adrift in second and Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk in third.
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Nairo Quintana, the former winner of the Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia, has denied any wrongdoing after a search of his room by French police during the Tour de France and the opening of an investigation by the prosecutor’s office in Marseille.
The Colombian rider, who competed for the Arkea-Samsic team in the Tour, said no illegal substances were found in the search after the 17th stage of the Tour in Meribel, and that he had voluntarily been questioned but not accused or wrongdoing.
Substances seized by police in the search were “vitamin supplements that were perfectly legal, although perhaps unfamiliar to the French authorities,” said Quintana in a statement.
Marseille prosecutor Dominique Laurens later told Reuters that two people were taken into custody, both of whom were later released.
Laurens said officers had found “many health products, including drugs and especially a method that can be qualified as doping", which a Reuters source later said included "saline solution" and "injection material".
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Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has suggested that Ineos’ strategy for this year’s event was an error after their challenge ended with their defending champion Egan Bernal being withdrawn after breaking down on the 15th stage with back and knee problems.
“They backed Bernal because he's their youngest asset and there's a longevity there,” said Wiggins, who won the Tour when Ineos was still Team Sky and went on to win gold at the London 2012 Olympics. “Clearly his back isn't well, they knew that before the Dauphine so it shows you just how invested in his future they are there."
Wiggins’ fellow-Brits Chris Froome, 35, and 2018 champion Geraint Thomas, 34, were both left off the Ineos squad by team principal Sir Dave Brailsford. “Age isn't on their side and it just shows how cut-throat it is if you can get rid of a four-times winner of the Tour and a British born and bred product of that system in Geraint,” added Wiggins.
“It's hard to stay on top every year and this year they've just not got it right,” Wiggins told Eurosport. “Had it been football, Dave would be out, I don't know what's happened there.”
You can watch live coverage of all four days of the Road World Championship on the BBC Sport website & app and BBC iPlayer.
Each race will also be available on catch-up afterwards.
Friday, 25 September
13:15-16:00 - Men's individual time trial, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer & BBC Sport website & app
Saturday, 26 September
11:25-16:20 - Women's road race, BBC iPlayer & BBC Sport website & app
Sunday, 27 September
08:35-16:30 - Men's road race (uninterrupted), BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer & BBC Sport website & app
12:00-16:20 - Men's road race, BBC Two
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