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  A very strong field will challenge for the women's time trial title headlined by defending champion Lisa Brennauer and two other former winners Ellen Van Dijk and Kristin Armstrong. Not to mention a long list of challengers including Mieke Kroeger, Karol-Ann Canuel, Anna Van der Breggen, Ann-Sofie Duyck, Tara Whitten and former medallists Carmen Small, Evelyn Stevens, Solovey and Linda Villumsen.

Past Winners

2014 Lisa Brennauer (GER)
2013 Ellen van Dijk (NED)
2012 Judith Arndt (GER)
2011 Judith Arndt (GER)
2010 Emma Pooley (GBR)
2009 Kristin Armstrong (USA)
2008 Amber Neben (USA)
2007 Hanka Kupfernagel (GER)
2006 Kristin Armstrong (USA)
2005 Karin Thürig (SUI)
2004 Karin Thürig (SUI)
2003 Joane Somarriba (ESP)
2002 Zulfiya Zabirova (RUS)
2001 Jeannie Longo (FRA)
2000 Mari Holden (USA)
1999 Leontien van Moorsel (NED)
1998 Leontien van Moorsel (NED)
1997 Jeannie Longo (FRA)
1996 Jeannie Longo (FRA)
1995 Jeannie Longo (FRA)
1994 Karen Kurreck (USA)

2014 Results

2 Anna SOLOVEY +18.68
3 Evelyn STEVENS +21.25
4 Mieke KROEGER +38.29
5 Ann-Sofie DUYCK +45.31
6 Karol-Ann CANUEL +51.26
7 Eleonora VAN DIJK +1:11.64
8 Alison POWERS +1:14.17
9 Linda VILLUMSEN +1:14.28
10 Trixi WORRACK +1:15.25

The Route

The Contenders

Start list and start order available here

Lisa Brennauer

The World Championships got off to a good start for Brennauer as she defended her TTT title with Velocio-SRAM. Last year nearly completed the TTT, ITT and road race triple and the defence of her time trial title will put her a step closer again this year.

2015 has been the season of her life not just against the clock but she has been sprinting with the best, collecting wins in time trials, bunch sprints and overall classifications. Brennauer might head in as the favourite but the competition is stronger than ever.

Anna Van der Breggen

Van der Breggen has had an excellent season from winning the first European race of the season Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Generally considered strongest as a climber but has shown her strength against the clock this year winning the Dutch time trial title as well as winning the penultimate stage time trial at the Giro. The latter came towards the end of a very hot and hard race and wasn't as flat but Van der Breggen did win by over one minute. Would prefer a hillier course for the time trial but don't discount her because of that.

Evelyn Stevens

Stevens is one of three Americans and is racing not just for rainbows but a spot for the US at the Rio Olympics. After finishing with silver in 2012 and bronze in 2014 Stevens will be as determined as ever to take gold on home soil.

Won the Tour of California time trial in May but only managed fifth at the US Championships. A rider who usually performs well at major events so expect a strong ride. Repeating last years performance looks to be a challenge and she would probably prefer a hillier route,

Mieke Kroeger

The 22 year old German could well continue her stand out year and add the world title to her name. Hasn't raced as much as the other big name contenders and this could leave her a little fresher. Caused a surprise upset beating Lisa Brennauer to win the German Championship by 29 seconds, before adding the European Under 23 title later in the year.

Had a month and a half away from racing since the start of August before putting in massive turns in the TTT helping Velocio-SRAM to finish their life as a team with another world title. Still young but after finishing fourth last year don't be surprised to see her on the podium in 2015.

Ellen Van Dijk

The 2013 World Champion lost her title last year finishing down in seventh. The past four years have established her as one of the very best against the clock finishing 6th, 5th, 1st and then 7th. After the disappointment of last year expect Van Dijk to be as motivated as ever to regain the title.

It will not be an easy ask however as the level has increased greatly over the past few seasons and Van Dijk doesn't seem to have improved as much as others. Won the European Games time trial in July but could only manage silver at the Dutch National Championships; 29 seconds behind winner Anna Van der Breggen. Van Dijk is an earlier starter than a number of the big favourites starting an hour and a half before defending champion Lisa Brennauer.

Carmen Small

Small was the bronze medallist in 2013 and has returned fully focused on the road after illness forced her to abandon her Rio 2016 track ambitions. There is more than racing on home roads up for grabs with Rio selection at the front of the three US participants minds. Won the Pan American Championships back in May, before finishing a narrow second to Kristin Armstrong at the US nationals and then won Chrono Gatineau two weeks later.

Moved to Bigla at the end of June but her lack of racing at the highest level especially against the clock this year could hurt her chances. Small has proven to be one of the strongest against the clock in the past and with a spot on the team for the Rio Olympics expect a very strong ride.

Ann-Sofie Duyck

The Belgium Champion is a very underrated rider but mostly races smaller events. After finishing fifth last year Duyck will be looking for a spot on the podium in 2015. Comes in with good form having taken the win at Chrono Champenois earlier this month on top of prologue wins at Auensteiner-Radsporttage and Trophee d'Or Feminin this year.

Karol-Ann Canuel

The Canadian Champion is a name definitely worth keeping a close eye on to challenge for one of the podium spots. Finished sixth last year and her strength against the clock looks only to have improved in the past twelve months. Finished third in the time trials at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt and sixth at the Giro Rosa in a sign she can be competitive with the best during a hard stage race.

Comes in with good form having helped Velocio-SRAM take a fourth TTT title in a row on Sunday, and her second.

Linda Villumsen

The Commonwealth Champion made the move to UnitedHealthcare over the off-season and has only raced in New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States this year. Villumsen is a rider who always performs at the World Championships having finished on the podium every year between 2009 and 2013 with three bronze medals and two silver. Finished ninth last year but had the Commonwealth Games as a big target so expect to see Villumsen back at her best at the World Championships this year.

Katrin Garfoot

In her first World Championships last year Garfoot finished 11th, just over 30 seconds from a top five finish. Still relatively new to the sport and continues to make progress every time she races. Hasn't raced much against the clock this year but when she has she has impressed. Won the Oceania title back in February but without any real competition. Her most important result this year was a fourth place finish in the final time trial at the Giro Rosa. Probably won't challenge for the podium but could improve on last year and finish inside the top 10.

Kristin Armstrong

The dual Olympic and World Champion made a return to racing this season after retiring following gold at the London 2012 Olympics. As the second rider to start we could see Armstrong in the hot seat for quite a while as she starts two and a half hours before the final stater. How long she holds the best time is unknown but she is likely to be there for quite a while.

For Armstrong and her US teammates Carmen Small and Evelyn Stevens there is more than racing for a rainbow jersey, and competing on US soil as selection for the 2016 Olympic Games is on the line. Due to confusion over selection criteria missed competing at the Pan American Championships but claimed the US title in May after finishing third at the Tour of California. With three years away from racing it will be Armstrong's first real test competing against a world class field.

Hayley Simmonds

Took a convincing win at the British National Champions and earned herself selection for the World Championships. Is largely untested against the sort of international field so it will be interesting to see how she performs.

Comes in to the race off third at Chrono Champenois, while the field wasn't strong it should have given her a confidence boost. In July finished ninth at the Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt time trial, just over one minute behind pre race favourite Lisa Brennauer.

Tara Whitten

It will be interesting to see what Whitten, a former cross country skier and three time world champion on the track will be able to do on the road with limited racing. During her time on the track was one of the best endurance riders in the world. Has finished in the top 10 three times in the past. Just missed the podium in fourth in 2010 after finishing seventh in 2010 and eighth in 2009.

Has been producing some strong results against the clock in North and South America this year. Finished second just 15 seconds behind Carmen Small at the Pan American Championships back in May. Sixth at the Tour of California and eighth at Chrono Gatineau.


Arguably the most controversial rider in women's cycling because of her past suspension and limited racing but regardless of ones opinion she is here. Has been MIA for much of the season and had a somewhat disputed move from Astana earlier in the year but that is unlikely to mean she wont challenge.

Finished eighth in 2013 before taking silver last year in just her third UCI race for the season. Again has raced little this year but as previous years have shown that doesn't seem to hurt her. Won the Ukraine TT Championship, second at European Games and fourth at Chrono Gatineau all back in June.

Tatiana Antoshina

The Russian Champion has finished inside the top 10 three times with her best result fourth back in 2008. Won the Ljubljana ITT and the time trial on route to the overall at the Tour de Feminin. Finished fourth at the European Games but was over a minute behind Ellen Van Dijk. Could produce a top 10 result but it is hard to see her challenging the big names.

Martina Sablikova

Not a name that might immediately stand out and unlikely to challenge for the podium but Sablikova could put in a top 10 performance. Finished 12th last year but was just 10 seconds off the top 10 and around 30 seconds before pushing towards the top five. Other than the Czech Nationals has only raced the Ljubljana TT at UCI level, where she finished fourth.

Other names to watch: Trixi Worrack, Emma Johansson and Alena Amialiusik.
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