21 Sep 2011

Two sixths for New Zealand riders in Copenhagen

6:54 am on 21 September 2011

The New Zealand riders Jason Christie and Georgia Williams have made strong starts at the World Road Cycling Championships in Copenhagen with both placing sixth in the time trials.

In the men's under-23 time trial the 20-year-old Christie was 12th through the first time check and worked his way to ninth fastest after the first lap at the 17.6 kilometre mark.

He continued to lift his pace to improve to place sixth in 44:47.61 for the 35.2 km test won by Australian Luke Durbridge, who finished in a stunning 42:47.13.

It was Christie's only ride of the championships and he will now return home after enjoying a strong season in Europe riding for the Chinese-owned Marco Polo Cycling team as well as riding with the BikeNZ Under-23 team and backing Julian Dean at the London Olympic Test event where he was the leading New Zealander.

He will prepare for the Tour of Southland where he will support Hayden Roulston and then build up for next year's road season where he hopes to gain selection to a professional team in Europe.

Williams finished sixth in the 13.9 kilometre junior women's time trial to continue a strong season.

She won a silver medal in the individual pursuit and was fourth in the team pursuit at the recent junior track world championships in Moscow.

The teenager started strongly to be fifth fastest through the 6.7 kilometre time check, 12 seconds off the top ranked rider, but slowed over the second half of the 13.9 kilometre circuit to clock 20:02.58, 34 seconds behind Australian winner Jessica Allen.