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Villumsen & Vink Victorious on the Velo
11 Jan, 2013

World championship medallist Linda Villumsen set an allcomers' record to claim her first New Zealand title at the Calder Stewart road cycling championships near Christchurch today.

Villumsen blitzed the field to win the elite women's time trial over 25kms at Lincoln, taking more than a minute off the course record in the process.
 
It proved a record-setting day with outstanding 21-year-old Cantabrian Michael Vink retaining his under-23 honours over 40kms in a time that would have comfortably won the elite mens title.
 
That went to Wellington rider Joseph Cooper, who celebrated the first national title for his new Australian-based UCI Continental team, Genesys Wealth Advisors.
 
Villumsen, who has won medals at the world championships for the past four years, was in a class of her own today. On a flat and open course not suited to the Olympian, she clocked 33m38s. This was 1m 15s inside the previous best time for the course set by Sonia Waddell as well as 27 seconds under the New Zealand best time set by Kirsty Robb in 1998.
 
"I didn't expect it so it was a good little bonus. I tried not to put too much pressure on myself coming into this because at this time of the year I can have a very good day or a very bad day," Villumsen said.
 
"My goal was just to feel comfortable on the bike and at halfway I counted where the others were and saw I had picked up time and thought I have to keep it going.
 
"It is really pleasing. As you know I am taking a different approach this year so this is a pleasing start to the year."
 
Villumsen (Auckland) says she has no expectations on the road race tomorrow given her current training load.
 
"Getting my first New Zealand title is special and something I will treasure. It does take some pressure off expectations tomorrow."
 
Fellow Olympian Jaime Nielsen (Waikato-Bay of Plenty) was second in 34:57 with Aucklands Georgia Williams (Kiwi Velo) third in 35:30.
 
Vink, who won the overall road race honours last year as well as his third time trial win in the under-23 category, was in outstanding form today.
 
Riding off last in hot conditions with a light southerly, Vink (Scotty Browns) stormed through the turn point at 20kms in 26:18, nearly 1m30s ahead of the next fastest rider.
 
He cleared out to win in 49:17, which was 31 seconds under the previous best time he set in winning last year and 25 seconds under the previous best time set by Jason Christie two years ago.
 
World junior time trial medallist James Oram (Auckland) was second in 50:15 with Taylor Gunman (Kiwi Velo) third in 51:48.
 
"That's a pleasing start to the weekend," said Vink. "I have worked really hard to prepare for this and it felt really good today.
 
"Now I need to rest up and get ready for the road race on Sunday which I am looking forward to."
 
Wellington's Cooper surprised some with victory in elite mens race. Second off, the Wellington rider posted a slick time of 26m36s to the turn in the 40km time trial, bettered only by defending champion Paul Odlin (Canterbury).
 
Cooper powered home in 49:37 and waited while the rest of the field tried to match him. Odlin slowed on the homeward journey to post 49:52 which meant Cooper had won his first national title, while Olympian Westley Gough (East Coast North Island) was third.
 
Tomorrow is the womens road race starting at 4pm with the mens road race on Sunday set to start at 10am.
 
Results:
 
Elite mens time trial, 40km: Joseph Cooper (Wellington, Genesys Wealth advisors) 49:37, 1; Paul Odlin (Canterbury) 49:52, 2; Westley Gough (East Coast North Island) 50:40, 3.
 
Elite womens time trial, 25km: Linda Villumsen (Auckland) 33:38, 1 (record); Jaime Nielsen (Waikato BOP) 34:57, 2; Georgia Williams (Auckland, Kiwi Velo) 35:30, 3.
 
Men Under-23, 40km: Michael Vink (Christchurch, Scotty Browns) 49:17, 1; James Oram (Auckland) 50:15, 2; Taylor Gunman (Auckland, Kiwi Velo) 51:48, 3.

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Top TTer Michael Vink en route to victory... again Credit Bruce Wilson

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