Dutch powerhouse Ellen van Dijk put in a determined effort to take a top-5 finish at the World Championships Time-Trial in Bergen, Norway. She crossed the line just 52 seconds slower than the eventual winner.
Ellen, a pre-race favourite, took to the start ramp second to last and was looking to add another world time-trial champion title to her palmares. Standing in her way was some inclement weather and some very fast times around the picturesque 21.1 kilometre circuit. The course featured a decisive 1.5 kilometre climb which tested the riders with its extreme 16% ramps in parts. Ellen rode well throughout the testing course and put in a huge effort in the closing kilometres of the time-trial to hold onto a well-fought fifth place.
Meanwhile, team-mate Juliette Labous rode strongly to finish in 15th, 2’02” down on the winner. At just 18 years old, Juliette impressed with her performance in the Elite Women’s race, asserting that she has a good pedigree against the clock.