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Dalton flies SA flag in women’s TT at World’s
- Updated: September 24, 2014
Commonwealth Games team member Heidi Dalton was the sole South African in action in the women’s time trial at UCI Road World Championships in Spain on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
After Louis Meintjies had raced to an excellent eighth spot in the Under-23 men’s time trial the previous day it was up to Dalton to fly the flag for SA as fellow Commonwealth representative An-Li Kachelhoffer failed to start the 29.5-kilometre route.
Neither Kachelhoffer nor leading rider Ashleigh Pasio were down to start the time trial, preferring to focus on the elite women’s road race but the UCI had failed to remove Kachelhoffer’s name from the start list which resulted in the DNS (Did Not Start) behind her name.
The TT was the longest at World Championships in the 20 years since its inauguration 20 years ago and around 7km longer than the last Road World Champs in Italy.
Gold went to Germany’s Lisa Brennauer who had a strong last quarter to clock 38min 48.16sec.
Dalton was down in 43rd spot, 5min 43.86sec off the pace as 47 riders finished the event. The 22-year-old KwaZulu-Natal based cyclist was also lucky to escape the torrential downpour that enveloped the final two riders of the day.
Wednesday sees a 64-strong line-up for the elite men’s individual time trial but the start list features no South African representation.
Friday has the road races starting with African Youth Games representative Cathy Colyn going off in the junior women’s event along with Michelle Benson, who will hope to have recovered from her Monday crash in the individual time trial.