Chloé Dygert crowned 2021 U.S. national time trial champion

Olympic teammates Amber Neben and Leah Thomas rounded out the podium in the race against the clock.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

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Chloé Dygert (Canyon-SRAM) rode into the stars and stripes jersey as the winner of the 2021 national time trial championships.

Covering the 32-kilometer route alongside Lake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Dygert was 27.52 seconds faster than Amber Neben (Cogeas–Mettler–Look) and 50.38 seconds faster than Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) who finished third.

“It’s a great step forward to win in my new Canyon/SRAM team colors,” Dygert said. “I’m so honored to have raced here in Knoxville and so proud to wear this national championship jersey.”

Dygert said her focus is now to prepare for the 2021 Olympics and the road season.

In her first race after recovering from what initially looked to be a career-ending crash at the 2020 UCI world championships time trial, Dygert was the fastest through the intermediate time check at 15:01. Neben and Thomas were 16 seconds and 19 seconds slower, respectively, while Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo Women) was half a minute in arrears.

On the return trip, the gaps expanded with Dygert putting more time into Thomas on the second half of the test against the clock.

Dygert was selected for the Tokyo Olympics and will compete in the road race, the individual time trial, and the women’s team pursuit on the track. She will be joined by Neben in the time trial, and both Neben and Thomas in the road race.

2021 USA Cycling Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial National Championships Results

    1. Chloé Dygert (Canyon-SRAM Racing), 30:11.46
    2. Amber Neben (Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team), at 00:27
    3. Leah Thomas (Movistar Team), at 00:50
    4. Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo Women), at 00:59
    5. Michelle Howe, at 1:49
    6. Emily Newsom (Team TIBCO-SVB), at 2:17
    7. Lauren De Crescenzo, at 2:26
    8. Veronica Ewers, at 2:31
    9. Lily Williams (Rally Cycling Women), at 2:44
    10. Julie Emmerman, at 2:48

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