| Event type

Individual Time Trial, Women

Date28 July 2021 — 11:30
LocationFuji Speedway, Oyama, Suntō District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Participants25 from 20 countries
DetailsDistance: 22.1 km
Intermediate 1: 9.7 km
Intermediate 2: 15.0 km

The time trial was held over one circuit of an undulating 22.1 km in and around the Fuji Speedway, with the backdrop of Mount Fuji. The race started and finished in the Speedway. Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands won the 2020 World Time Trial Championship at Imola, and was runner-up in both 2018 and 2019. Compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten was world champion in 2018 and the bronze medallist the following year. It was hard to imagine any outcome of the time trial in Tokyo other than complete Dutch domination, although Chloé Dygert of the USA was the most likely non-European for a medal. Dygert was coached by Kristin Armstrong, who won three consecutive Olympic time trial gold medals. The newly crowned road race champion Anna Kiesenhofer was disappointed at not qualifying for the time trial.

Three days before the time trial, 38-year-old van Vleuten crossed the line in the road race with arms aloft, thinking she had won, when Austria’s Kiesenhofer had actually crossed the line 75 seconds earlier. Now, she wanted to add an elusive Olympic gold medal to go with her many national, European and world titles. Van Vleuten laid down the marker at the first split at 9.7 km with a time of 14:24.58, six seconds ahead of Australia’s Grace Brown, with van der Breggen more than 12 seconds behind Brown in third place.

At the 15 km split, van Vleuten still led and was now 28 seconds up on Brown, with van der Breggen still in the bronze medal position. At the end of the race, it was still the two Netherlands riders in first and third but Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser, who had finished second to van der Breggen at the 2020 World Championships, clawed herself back from fourth and fifth at the first two splits respectively, to clinch the silver medal. Van Vleuten won by 56.47 secs, and for the woman who came close to death after an horrific accident in Rio, she now had her hands on an Olympic gold medal at last.

PosNrCyclistNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
1Annemiek van VleutenNED30:13.4914:24.58 (1)20:06.11 (1)Gold
2Marlen ReusserSUI31:09.9614:52.57 (4)20:48.56 (5)Silver
3Anna van der BreggenNED31:15.1214:43.53 (3)20:35.43 (3)Bronze
4Grace BrownAUS31:22.2214:30.87 (2)20:34.12 (2)
5Amber NebenUSA31:26.1314:52.85 (5)20:46.44 (4)
6Lisa BrennauerGER32:10.7115:15.21 (7)21:15.27 (6)
7Chloé DygertUSA32:29.8915:16.40 (8)21:16.00 (7)
8Ashleigh Moolman-PasioRSA32:37.6015:13.50 (6)21:35.67 (8)
9Juliette LabousFRA32:42.1415:28.81 (9)21:38.87 (9)
10Elisa Longo BorghiniITA33:00.8915:32.50 (12)21:41.87 (10)
11Sarah GiganteAUS33:01.6015:43.10 (15)21:51.07 (13)
12Leah KirchmannCAN33:01.6415:32.12 (10)21:45.16 (11)
13Lisa KleinGER33:01.9716:11.35 (18)22:02.37 (14)
14Karol-Ann CanuelCAN33:07.9715:32.14 (11)21:46.01 (12)
15Omer ShapiraISR33:15.8415:34.94 (13)22:03.06 (15)
16Alena AmialiusikBLR33:21.4115:42.29 (14)22:05.10 (16)
17Emma NorsgaardDEN33:50.1816:18.51 (21)22:13.64 (17)
18Anna ShackleyGBR34:13.6015:55.28 (16)22:21.65 (18)
19Julie Van de VeldeBEL34:23.4916:21.06 (22)22:37.62 (21)
20Katrine AalerudNOR34:33.3816:10.81 (17)22:36.52 (20)
21Christine MajerusLUX34:34.1316:13.96 (19)22:35.45 (19)
22Eri YonamineJPN34:34.9716:22.78 (23)22:55.72 (24)
23Margarita GarcíaESP34:39.9616:16.19 (20)22:43.82 (22)
24Anna PlichtaPOL34:56.9516:25.92 (24)22:55.58 (23)
25Masomah Ali ZadaEOR44:04.3121:10.40 (25)29:06.05 (25)