RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — When a rider clocks the best time in a time trial field up to that point, he or she sits on the hot seat to wait and see if other riders will knock him or her off the throne. This week for the UCI Road World Cycling Championships, the hot seat is a literal thing, station amidst the Fan Zone at the Richmond Convention Center.
American Kristin Armstrong sat there for more than two hours Tuesday after finishing the Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial course in 40:50:45. It wasn’t until the final wave of riders that Linda Villmunsen, a Danish-born cyclist riding for New Zealand, took Armstrong off the hot seat. Three more riders beat Armstrong’s time, pushing her down to a fifth-place finish. No woman was quicker than Villmunsen, who took home the coveted rainbow jersey.
Armstrong is a 42-year-old mother of two from Boise, Ida. who has twice retired and now hopes Richmond 2015 will get her ready for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Tuesday showed Armstrong still has it.
The Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial also took place Tuesday. Two Americans made the podium but neither won the gold. Germany’s Leo Appelt bested everyone on stage. Adrien Costa from the San Francisco Bay Area finished with the silver medal for the second year in a row, and Brandon McNulty of Phoenix won the bronze.