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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Friday, September 25, 2020

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New women's time trial champion Anna van der Breggen's Boels-Dolmans team posted this short note:

Anna van der Breggen is the new World Champion Individual Time Trial 2020.

Anna van der Breggen

Anna van der Breggen gets the Rainbow Jersey. Sirotti photo

In Imola Anna was faster than the Swiss rider Marlen Reusser and Ellen van Dijk. This was the first world title ITT for Anna after having finished multiple times on the podium before. "I really can't believe it yet. I had no idea, I asked Danny Stam, please don't tell me any split times. I just wanted to go as fast as possible towards the finish line. I am really happy."

American Chloe Dygert crashed out of the race, will make full recovery

USA Cycling posted this on Facebook a few hours after the crash:

As a result of Chloe Dygert’s crash in today’s World Championship Time Trial, she has sustained a laceration to her left leg. She is out of surgery, resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. Thank you everyone for the well-wishes and we ask that you please respect the privacy of Chloe and her family at this time.

Here's VeloNews' report soon after her crash:

American Chloe Dygert abandoned Thursday’s UCI time trial world championships after crashing during the 31.7-kilometer race.

Dygert, the defending champion in the event, crashed while navigating a sharp right-hand turn on the twisting course around Imola, Italy, and struck a metal guardrail. TV cameras caught sight of the American flipping over the metal barrier and off of her bicycle.

Chloe Dygert

Emergency personnel attend to Chloe Dygert after her crash. Sirotti photo

According to a television update, Dygert was conscious and communicating with officials after the crash. No further details of Dygert’s condition were immediately available.

Photographs taken immediately after the accident showed Dygert being loaded into an ambulance by emergency personnel. Dygert struck a metal section of guardrail that was not covered by protective padding.

At the time of her crash Dygert owned a sizable lead on her competition. After the race’s first time check — which came after 14.9 kilometers — Dygert was 26.54 seconds up on Marlen Reusser of Switzerland, with Anna van der Breggen of The Netherlands in third place at 36.25 seconds.

Van der Breggen eventually took the victory, finishing the course in 40:20.14 with Reusser in second.

You can read the entire story here.

Nans Peters extends with Ag2r until 2023

The team sent me this update:

Nans Peters:
"I am happy to extend my contract with the AG2R LA MONDIALE team until 2023. This is where I learned my craft, and this is the team where I want to continue to improve. Building on the momentum of my victory in the Tour de France, I want to continue to add my contribution to an organization that will be even more solid in the coming years.

"I am proud of the confidence Vincent Lavenu and the staff have shown in me."

Nana Peters

Nans Peters wins 2020 Tour de France stage 8. Sirotti photo

Vincent Lavenu:
"Nans Peters is a pure product of our training program. We have seen him grow, evolve, progress. During the Tour de France, he gave us immense pleasure with this stage victory which validates all his qualities.

It was an easy decision to continue this adventure with him until 2023. He is one of the important riders in our squad thanks to his spirit, his values, and his winning qualities."

The number: 1

Nans Peters was already under contract until 2022. He has extended his contract for an additional year.

He turned professional in 2017 after having been part of Chambéry Cyclisme Formation for four seasons.1

The news
First Elite World Championships: Nans Peters is one of eight riders selected for the French team to compete in the UCI Road World Championships on Sunday in Imola. This is his first elite selection. He competed in the U23 World Championships in 2016.

Ben Gastauer and Oliver Naesen have also been selected, for Luxembourg and Belgium, respectively.

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