LINDA Villumsen has claimed third spot at the individual time trial at the world road cycling championships, the fourth consecutive time she has reached the podium.
Villumsen, born in Denmark but now racing for New Zealand, was denied a medal at the London Olympics by less than a second, but had no such trouble on the 24.1km course near Limburg in the Netherlands.
She won silver in Copenhagen last year, and bronze twice before that.
Germany’s Judith Arndt defended her title.
She clocked 32 minutes 26.46 seconds, 40 seconds ahead of Villumsen.
American Evelyn Stevens was second.
The New Zealander was on track to top Stevens until she faded on the famous Cauberg hill climb near the finish.
“Naturally to get on the podium at a world championship is great,” Villumsen told Fairfax NZ
“But I would like to swap it for the top spot on the podium.”
She is the only Kiwi rider to ever win an elite world champs medal.
“It is a matter of hitting the form,” she said.
“After the Olympics it was it was hard for me because I did not know if I could find the form back after London. I have had nearly two months of work and it was hard not knowing where I stood compared to the others.
“We did some team time trials where I was suffering a lot and it was only the last week that I found my legs again.”
The men’s time trial, featuring Olympic medallists Jesse Sergent and Sam Bewley, is today.
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