Australian bicycle owner Grace Brown has finished fourth in the ladies folk’s Olympic time trial as Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten finally banished the ghosts of Rio.
In her Olympic debut, Brown turned into as soon as aiming for a medal on Wednesday and she had an spectacular shuffle of 31 minutes 22.22 seconds over the 22.1km direction.
That gave her the 2d-quickest time behind van Vleuten’s storming 30: 13: 49, with four a quantity of riders starting after Brown.
First Marlen Reusser posted 31: 09: 96 for the silver after which van Vleuten’s compatriot Anna van der Breggen, the reigning world time trial champion, took bronze with 31: 15: 12.
Younger Australian Sarah Gigante again confirmed she is a rising star along with her 11th-placed time of 33: 01: 60.
The Dutch winner has sincere Australian connections, having ridden for 5 years with skilled crew Mitchelton-Scott sooner than switching this season to Movistar.
The gold medal comes 5 years after van Vleuten had an horrific shatter on the closing descent while on the manner to winning the Rio Video games boulevard walk.
The Dutch rider suffered three spinal fractures and excessive concussion.
She turned into as soon as attend competing only weeks later and turned into as soon as certainly one of many discontinue riders coming into Tokyo’s boulevard occasions, winning the 2017 and ’18 world time trial championships and the 2019 world boulevard walk title.
There turned into as soon as yet some other Olympic setback on Sunday in the ladies folk’s boulevard walk, when van Vleuten crossed the line in triumph, thinking she had gained.
But van Vleuten and a lot of a quantity of prime riders did no longer realise that Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer had gained the gold medal 1: 15 earlier.
This time, there turned into as soon as no mistake as van Vleuten scorched across the undulating direction.