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    20 September 2023

    Josh Tarling secures victory in the time trial at European Road Cycling Championships, while Anna Henderson takes home the silver medal

    Exciting Victories at European Road Cycling Championships

    In a thrilling display of skill and determination, Great Britain’s Josh Tarling emerged victorious in the individual time trial event at the prestigious European Road Cycling Championships held in Drenthe. The young talent stunned spectators with his exceptional performance on the challenging course.

    Tarling’s incredible ride left no room for doubt as he finished a staggering 42.92 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Stefan Bissegger, earning himself the coveted gold medal. Not far behind was Belgium’s Wout van Aert, who secured third place.

    A Series of Impressive Wins

    This victory adds to Tarling’s already remarkable year in professional cycling. Earlier this season, he triumphed at the British Championships and claimed a well-deserved bronze medal at the World Championships held in Glasgow last August.

    The absence of renowned cyclists Remco Evenepoel from Belgium and Italy’s Filippo Ganna did not diminish Tarling’s achievement. He capitalized on their absence by seizing control of the course from start to finish.

    Riding for Ineos Grenadiers in his first professional season has proven fruitful for Tarling as he continues to make waves in the competitive world of cycling.

    An Intense Battle Among Women Competitors

    The women’s race also showcased intense competition as Anna Henderson clinched an impressive silver medal after finishing just 43.36 seconds behind Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser.

    Despite an early lead by Henderson, Reusser’s valiant effort allowed her to secure the European title for the third consecutive year. Austria’s Christina Schweinberger completed the podium.

    Elinor Barker, another talented British cyclist, achieved a respectable ninth place in the women’s race.

    Youth Power Prevails

    The Under-23 women’s race brought further triumph for Great Britain as Zoe Backstedt claimed a well-deserved gold medal. Backstedt showcased her time-trial expertise and left competitors trailing behind by an impressive 57.51 seconds.

    A podium finish was also secured by Germany’s Antonia Niedermaier who took home the silver medal, with Finland’s Anniina Ahtosalo securing third place.

    Promising Prospects in Elite Races

    Looking ahead, both Henderson and Barker are set to compete in Saturday’s elite women’s race alongside teammates Alice Barnes, Pfeiffer Georgi, Claire Steels, and Beckie Storrie – forming a formidable British team striving for success on this challenging road course.

    In Sunday’s elite men’s road race event, Ethan Vernon will lead Great Britain as they battle against tough competition. Tarling will join forces with Luke Rowe, Lewis Aksey, Mark Stewart, Connor Swift, Ben Turner, and Sam Watson to represent their country on this demanding course.

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