Van Dijk wins hat-trick of European time trial titles
After their individual battles against the clock over 32.3 kilometers of undulating, damp terrain around the Glasgow streets, only two seconds could separate the triple champion Van Dijk from her teammate.
The Dutch pair, making amends for their team's failure to win the road race title at the weekend, was in a different class to their opponents, with German bronze medallist Trixi Worrack (42:48) well over a minute behind.
Van Dijk, the world time trial champion two years ago and formerly a global champion on the track as well as the road, had looked in control as she led by 17 seconds at the halfway stage as the race had already become a two-rider duel.
"But it was challenging with wet roads and a slippery course rolling up and down and at the end, it was very tricky," said Van Dijk, whose lead was eaten into on the ride back towards the city center.
For the 28-year-old "Queen of the Ardennes" Van der Breggen, who has enjoyed a superb year, it was, frustratingly, the second successive year that she had finished behind Van Dijk in this race, claiming bronze in the 2017 edition.
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