Hayley Simmonds out of luck at UCI Road World Championships

PUBLISHED: 11:14 12 October 2016

Cycling

Cycling

MicheleMorrone

No luck for Simmonds

Hayley Simmonds was left disappointed after failing to make an impression on the frontrunners in the elite women’s time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Qatar.

The Bar Hill rider had gone into the event in Doha in good form, having won the national time trial title for the second year in a row.

But her time of 40min 24.22sec left her down the field in 25th, as British team-mate Hannah Barnes took 14th place in 39.00.37.

The winner was the USA’s Amber Neben in 36.37.04.

“I truly believe I am capable of being up there in this event,” Simmonds told British Cycling.

“I really do and I’m really upset that I’m currently not showing that.

“I felt really good in training the last few days and then today, three minutes in, the wind was hot and I just couldn’t do the numbers.”

American rider Neben held off the challenge of Dutch rider Ellen Van Dijk to claim the gold by six seconds – the 41-year-old winning her second time trial world title, eight years after claiming her first.

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