Aigul Gareeva bounced back from a dramatic setbacks to claim a sensational victories in the Women’s Junior Individual Time Trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Russian starlet Gareeva had to make a hasty U-turn after missing the tight right-hand bend onto the finishing straight. She showed huge resolve however, wrapping up her win with a 3.61sec advantage over Shirin van Anrooij (Netherlands). Great Britain meanwhile, claimed their second bronze medal in as many days with Elynor Backstedt taking third place.
Aigul Gareeva said: “I was on my absolute limit as I approached that last corner and was following the white stripes on the road instead of looking up at where I was going. It was an error on my part and I was so relieved when I was still able to win. It was a very emotional moment for me and am so proud to have my rainbow jersey.”
Great Britain rider Elynor Backstedt said: “It was a hilly and technical circuit but I enjoyed every minute of it. I had a little wobble half-way around which lost me some seconds but thankfully I stayed on my bike. The crowds were absolutely incredible. I was the last rider down the start ramp and I could hear the fans cheering my name before I’d even started. That cheering didn’t stop then for my full ride and it certainly pushed me along. I am really happy with my bronze medal and it was an unbelievable experience.