/Defending champion Chloe Dygert endures horror crash as Anna van der Breggen wins world time trial title in Imola

Defending champion Chloe Dygert endures horror crash as Anna van der Breggen wins world time trial title in Imola


Defending champion Chloe Dygert suffered a terrifying crash at the 2020 world time trialchampionships in Imola on Thursday as Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen took gold.

Dygert, who was leading on the time splits at the time of her crash, lost control while navigating a right-hand bend and was unable to recover, slamming into a metal guardrail. 

Television cameras caught sight of the American flipping over the barrier and down an embankment. Her condition is unclear although USA Cycling said she was “conscious and talking”.

“Dygert was on track to win her second ITT [individual time trial] world championship [title], but has abandoned the race after her crash over the guard rail,” the governing body tweeted. “All we know is that she is conscious and talking. “We are in contact with our coaches and Chloe’s team on the ground in Italy. We will post a report on her condition as soon as we have absolute clear confirmation as to her condition.”

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Chloe Dygert — Defending champion Chloe Dygert endures horrific crash in Imola as Anna van der Breggen wins world time trial title – GETTY IMAGES

Van der Breggen eventually took the victory on the 31.7-kilometre course, which started and ended on Imola’s famous motor racing circuit. The reigning Olympic road race champion clocked 40min 20.14sec with Marlen Reusser of Switzerland second, some 15secs slower, and Ellen van Dijk, also of Holland, third at 31secs.

Britain’s representatives Lizzy Banks and Alice Barnes finished 15th and 19th respectively. Banks, who took a brilliant stage win at the recent Giro Rosa, said she had “nothing left” in her legs and had “died” towards the end.

“It was hard but isn’t a time trial supposed to be hard?” said the 29-year-old laughing. “It was a pretty flat course, but with quite a strong headwind so it was important to pace the first half really well, which I felt I did. But then in the second half I had nothing left in my legs. 

“I guess that’s just a consequence of Giro fatigue and not quite knowing how you’re going to come out of it.

“I was just trying to push on the way back and going over the rises, where I would normally be whacking out 400 watts, I could barely push what I would usually be trying to hold. So yeah, it was a challenge but a good learning experience. I was really dying at the end.”

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