Words: Jessica Strange and Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
Kristin Armstrong was the fastest rider at the 2016 Women’s Olympic Time Trial event, taking the third Gold medal of her career in testing conditions.
Wet roads made an already technical course even more so, and Armstrong had plenty of time to anticipate what was coming: taking up the mantel of last rider off, having won the event in London in 2012.
The 42-year-old (who turns 43 tomorrow!) USA rider claimed a convincing Gold, finishing 5 seconds ahead of Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya who took the second step, and 11 seconds faster than Olympic Road Race Gold Medalist Anna Van der Breggen with Bronze.
In total, twenty five of the World’s best females took to the course, which was hotly anticipated after Anna van der Breggen’s (NL) gold medal win on Sunday in the women’s road race.
Athletes set off at 90 second intervals, with Britain’s own Emma Pooley taking on the challenge – having been tempted out of pro-cycling retirement by the hilly nature of the Rio course.