TT’s Teniel Campbell had a tough start to her 2020 International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships campaign as she placed 36th in the Women’s Individual Time Trial when day-one action pedalled off in Imola, Italy, on Thursday.
Campbell completed the 31.7km distance in 45 minutes and 53 seconds against a total of 50 international road cyclists.
Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen powered to victory in 40 minutes and 20 seconds while Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser (40:35) and compatriot Ellen van Dijk (40.51) rounded off the top-three finishers.
Campbell, who turned 23 on Wednesday, was a bit upset with her performance on the opening day.
After the time trial result, the national cyclist posted her reaction to social media and questioned her tactics. Campbell stated that she was still unable to “wrap this result around my head”.
She posted, “An extremely hard pill to swallow and definitely a hard knock mentally. The biggest question being, where did I go wrong and what did I do wrong today? How is it even possible to go slower than when you did the circuit recon.
“What really just happened and why did the legs not go? So many questions...You did the preparation, you had the legs, you were ready???... well at least I thought... we all thought... then nothing clicks...Niente (nothing)...What just happened? I am still in utter disbelief.”
The Italian-based pro rider is expected to suit up in national colours once more, on Saturday, for the Women’s Elite Road Race.