Biking – Worlds: Switzerland wins gold within the combined relay! – rts.ch

Biking – Worlds: Switzerland wins gold within the combined relay! – rts.ch

Switzerland grew to become world champion within the combined time trial relay on the World Biking Championships in a race marked by the setbacks of the Netherlands and the spectacular fall of Annemiek van Vleuten.

Composed of Nicole Koller, Marlen Reusser, Elise Chabbey, Stefan Bissegger, Stefan Küng and Mauro Schmid, the Swiss workforce gained forward of Italy and Australia to succeed Germany.

On this system for the third time on the Worlds, the occasion, which brings collectively 3 males and three ladies per workforce, was marked by the unbelievable fall of Annemiek van Vleuten, the star of girls’s biking who gained the three Grand Excursions this 12 months.

The Olympic time trial champion went to the bottom only a few meters after the beginning, apparently attributable to a mechanical drawback on her bike, hitting the pavement arduous. Surprised, her knee scraped, she solely acquired up with problem, helped by a member of her workforce.

A blow for the overwhelming Dutch workforce and particularly for Van Vleuten who is likely one of the huge favorites within the street race on Saturday however will first must heal his wounds.

Pursued by dangerous luck, the Dutch workforce had already been penalized by Bauke Mollema’s chain bounce within the first lap of the circuit, which is accomplished by the boys’s trio earlier than the handover to the ladies.

Unable to place the chain again in place, he needed to change bikes and depart his two companions, Daan Hoole and Mathieu van der Poel, to complete the job alone.

The Netherlands completed fifth.

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