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Shara Gillow 12th as Ellen Van Dijk wins Elite Women ITT

Ben Godkin, Florence, Italy, Monday, 23 September 2013

Shara Gillow 12th as Ellen Van Dijk wins Elite Women’s ITT


They will be celebrating in the Netherlands tonight after Ellen Van Dijk took out a convincing win in the Elite Women’s Individual Time Trial around the streets of Florence at the UCI Road World Championships this afternoon.


The Dutch powerhouse was never headed as she scorched around the 22.05km course in 27:48.18 to claim the rainbow jersey ahead of Linda Villumsen from New Zealand in 28:12.28. Carmen Small rounded out the podium for the USA in a time of 29.08.57.


Australian hope Shara Gillow endured a trying day in the saddle and was classified 12th out of the 84 starters after posting a time of 29.08.57.


“I always knew it was going to be tough.” said Queenslander Gillow. “Some days are good days and some days are bad days and unfortunately today was just a bad day for me, but congrats to Ellen, she really deserved the win.”


Coach Martin “Marv” Barras said no one would be more disappointed with today’s result than Shara.


“We were hoping for 5th or 6th on this course with the form that Shara took in today.” said Barras. “She rode her heart out as she always does, but there was just a bit of an edge lacking out there pretty much from the start of the race today.”


However, the Orica-AIS coach said he expects Gillow to bounce back strongly when she lines up with her Australian teammates in the Elite Women’s Road race this Saturday.


“She’s going to wake up tomorrow wanting to make a point after today.” said Barras, before adding. “We definitely expect her to go quite deep in the Road Race and regain that edge that was lacking today.”


Racing continues tomorrow with the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial, where Aussies Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis will be taking on the world’s best over the 57.9km course from Montecatini Terme to Florence as the 2014 UCI Road World Championships continue in Italy.


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