The USA started its world championships campaign in fine style by winning the gold and bronze medals in the women's time trial. Kristin Armstrong (Boise) became the country's third ever elite women's TT champ by beating two time champion Karen Thürig of Switzerland by 25.57 seconds, while teammate Christine Thorburn won the bronze medal. The other US competitor, Amber Neben, placed 10th in the event.
Armstrong joins 1994 victor Karen Kurreck and 2000 winner Mari Holden as the other American world champions in this discipline, which was introduced to the world's program in 1994.
Going into the event, Armstrong was one of the pre-race favourites after winning the Euregio Tour. She suffered a mishap early on as she dropped her chain on the second of three climbs on the course, which cost her some 10 seconds, but she recovered well.
"When I got to the first climb, I kept a nice rhythm," Armstrong said, "but going up the second climb, I put just a little too much pressure on the pedals when I shifted down into my little chainring and dropped it. It's just a mistake you make sometimes when you're going too hard. I actually went over that scenario in my mind yesterday after training, but for the third hill. On the second hill, I thought there was no way that would happen.
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Two days before the opening of the 2006 UCI Road World Championships in Salzburg a so-called "Jedermann-Charity-Cycling Tour" will take place on the original track of the Road Races. This charity event, which is of benefit for the biggest austrian charity organisation "Licht ins Dunkel", will take place on 17th of September. Actor Peter Simonischek is going to be the godfather this uniqe opening event.
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Dott. Heinz Schaden, Sindaco - Città di Salisburgo
Il ciclismo è molto popolare a Salisburgo. La bicicletta è uno dei mezzi di trasporto preferiti dalla popolazione, la rete di piste ciclabili è d’altra parte una delle più estese dell’Austria. Inoltre anche il ciclismo professionista ha una grande rilevanza. Sono particolarmente soddisfatto che Salisburgo sia riuscita ad aggiudicarsi i Campionati del mondo di ciclismo 2006. I Campionati del mondo sono una delle maggiori manifestazioni sportive a livello mondiale e con cadenza annuale e rappresentano un importante moltiplicatore per il ciclismo e un avvenimento indimenticabile per gli appassionati. Pertanto i preparativi procedono già a pieno ritmo. Penso già all’emozione di vedere le singole gare e gli sprint finali nel cuore della città.