The Swiss team won the gold medal in the mixed time trial at the World Championships in Wollongong. The hexagram saves 3 seconds over Italy.
After Stefan Kung silver and Marlene Roeser bronze in the individual time trial, the Swiss team also excelled in the fight against the clock. The hexagram with Rosser, Elise Schabe, Nicole Koehler, Kong, Stefan Bisiger and Mauro Schmid crowned the world title in Wollongong (Australia) in a mixed time trial and completed the medal pool.
In the third edition of the competition, Switzerland won the precious metal for the first time. After 28.2 km, the lead over Italy was almost 3 seconds – the country that snatched bronze from Switzerland last year by a few hundred seconds.
Although Rosser, the strongest driver in the Swiss women’s trio, eventually had to give up, Xavi and Koehler were able to maintain the lead. The time was finally run after the two best drivers in the two teams. Küng, Bissegger and Schmid, who were the first to complete the 14.1-kilometre course, passed a 15-second lead over Italy.
Bankruptcies, misfortune and mistakes in the Dutch national team
The Swiss have also taken advantage of the fact that a number of frequently mentioned things go wrong. The Dutch hexagram in particular was unlucky. At first Bauke Mollema had to complain about a technical glitch in the trio of men. After that, the women started 40 seconds behind Switzerland, although the Van Vleuten anime didn’t stray too far. A few meters later she fell after her chain jumped – the team, which decimated twice, was definitely beaten and even lost medals.
The Australian team took the bronze. The local champions were 38 seconds behind Switzerland.
This is how it goes
From the Swiss point of view, the pressure on the upcoming road races is definitely over. The women will fight for the last medals at the end of Saturday, the men on Sunday (live from 6am on SRF Zwei and in the sports app).
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