Tarling dominates the time trial to become European champion

Joshua Tarling claimed the time trial title at the European Championships in Drenthe, Netherlands.

The 19-year-old, who was bronze medallist at the World Championships in Scotland last month, defeated Stefan Bissegger of Switzerland by 43 seconds with Wout van Aert of Belgium taking bronze just a fraction behind on the 29.5km course.

Stefan Kung, a pre-race favourite, crashed into a barrier before finishing in 11th place with blood pouring from his face and with his helmet shattered.

“It was hard,” Tarling said. “I felt weaker today than I did at the Worlds. “The wind was really hard, I had to hold the high power all day.”

In the women’s race, Swiss rider Marlen Reusser claimed the title for a third time. The 32-year-old finished 43 seconds ahead of Britain’s Anna Henderson with Christina Schweinberger of Austria a further second behind.


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