老澳门六合彩

Olympic triathlete Taylor Knibb wins US cycling time trial to earn spot in Paris in a second sport

FILE - Taylor Knibb, of the United States, rides in the women's elite category of the ITU 老澳门六合彩 Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, July 27, 2018. Knibb, an Olympic triathlete, won the women's time trial at the U.S. road cycling championships Wednesday, May 15, 2024, securing her spot on the American team and presenting her with a chance to compete in two different sports at the Paris Games. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

FILE - Taylor Knibb, of the United States, rides in the women鈥檚 elite category of the ITU 老澳门六合彩 Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, July 27, 2018. Knibb, an Olympic triathlete, won the women鈥檚 time trial at the U.S. road cycling championships Wednesday, May 15, 2024, securing her spot on the American team and presenting her with a chance to compete in two different sports at the Paris Games. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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Olympic triathlete Taylor Knibb stunned even herself by winning the women鈥檚 time trial at the U.S. road cycling championships.

Now, she will have the opportunity to compete in two different sports at this year鈥檚 Paris Games.

Knibb ripped over the flat, out-and-back course around Charleston, West Virginia, in 45 minutes, 54 seconds Wednesday, beating pre-race favorite Kristen Faulkner by 11 seconds. Three-time Olympian Amber Neben was 49 seconds back in third place.

That means that Knibb will contest the time trial and road race in Paris alongside Chloe Dygert, who will be heavily favored to win the gold medal in the race against the clock. Dygert is not competing at nationals because she already had qualified for the Olympics by winning the time trial at last year鈥檚 world championships.

Knibb also had previously qualified for Paris, albeit in the triathlon, when the 26-year-old from Washington, D.C., finished fifth at a test event held over the Olympic course at the historic Pont Alexandre III bridge last August.

鈥淚鈥檓 in shock. I鈥檒l be perfectly honest,鈥 Knibb said at the finish line Wednesday. 鈥淭here are so many incredible riders out here 鈥 it was such an incredible day riding with them. I鈥檓 like, 鈥榃ow, this is so cool. They ride on the 老澳门六合彩 Tour. That鈥檚 amazing!鈥欌

In the men鈥檚 time trial, defending champion Brandon McNulty finished the 20.9-mile (33.7-kilometer) course in 37:42, beating runner-up Tyler Stites by 58 seconds. Neilson Powless finished another four seconds adrift in third place.

The U.S. qualified two women鈥檚 entries for Paris 鈥 Knibb and Dygert now have secured them 鈥 and three spots for its men鈥檚 team. McNulty locked up one Wednesday while the other two will be announced at a later date and are dependent on several factors, including which American riders will be competing for their pro teams in the Tour de France.

Three years ago, Knibb became the youngest woman ever on the U.S. triathlon team for the Olympics. She finished 16th in the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics but helped the Americans win the silver medal in the mixed team relay.

The two-time IRONMAN 70.3 world champion, who has been spending more time on the bike the past couple of years, covered the first half of the time trial course in 20:59, putting Knibb in a dead heat with Faulkner, who rode into West Virginia on a wave having already won Omloop van het Hageland and a stage at La Vuelta Feminina this year.

Knibb pulled away over the second half of the ride, though, securing her spot on the U.S. road cycling team for Paris.

鈥淭here were four turns and that鈥檚 it,鈥 Knibb said. 鈥淟ast year, there were so many turns and my coach said, 鈥榊ou鈥檙e really good at holding race pace. Your weakness is getting to race pace.鈥 So, only four times I had to get to race pace. And that was a relief for me. If it did get a little bit more surgey, it would have probably favored some other women a lot better.鈥

The Olympic schedule should work in Knibb鈥檚 favor. The women鈥檚 time trial has moved up to July 27, giving her a cushion before the women鈥檚 triathlon on July 31. The road race is Aug. 4 and the triathlon mixed relay is the following day.

McNulty, who won a stage at the Giro d鈥橧talia last year and was third overall at Paris-Nice this season, was the final rider off in the men鈥檚 time trial Wednesday. By the intermediate time check, the UAE Team Emirates rider already was more than 30 seconds ahead of Stites and Powless, who had started just ahead of him, and he never slowed down from there.

The U.S. road cycling championships continue through the weekend in Charleston, the new host city for the event. The men鈥檚 and women鈥檚 road races wrap up competition Sunday, though there are no automatic Olympic berths on the line.

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