Mieke Kröger (Human Powered Health) won the elite women’s time trial at the German Road Championships on Friday.
“I am very happy. This motivates me on the way to the World Championships, and I think the course in Glasgow could really suit me,” Kröger said.
In what was a close race against the clock, Kröger took the victory by just one second ahead of runner-up Katharina Fox (Maxx-Solar Rose Women Racing) and 18 seconds ahead of third-placed Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis Women Team).
The elite and the under-23 women competed across a 32km course in Bad Dürrheim. Kröger won the elite women’s title with a winning time of 45:13.
“I was like 13th at the first intermediate time,” Kröger said. “The time was made up in the end, though, and I had to really push myself over the uphill parts, then take a breath and refocus on the downhills. My preparation was good, so I just went as fast as I could.”
In the under-23 category, however, Antonia Niedermaier (Canyon-SRAM Racing ) covered the 32km distance with a faster time of 44:39 to secure the under-23 title.
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