Britain Cycling Worlds United States’ Chloe Dygert competes in the Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial on day eight of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Stirling, Scotland, Thursday Aug. 10, 2023. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP) (Jane Barlow/AP) The plan was for Chloe Dygert to win the world championship in the time trial, then carry that momentum toward the Summer Olympics, where the American road cycling star would be the favorite to win the gold medal.
That was three years, a career-threatening crash and immeasurable heartache ago.
Perhaps Dygert’s plan will come to fruition this time.
Despite dealing with an illness that might have kept her off the start line a day earlier, Dygert roared over the 36.2-kilometer course to Stirling Castle in a time of 46 minutes, 59.80 seconds Thursday. That was enough to hold off Australia’s Grace Brown, the silver medalist a year ago, by just 5.67 seconds and give Dygert the rainbow jersey she first won in 2019 in England.
“This is really special,” said Dygert, who was leading the 2020 time trial in Italy before crashing into a barrier, sliding down an embankment and so severely injuring her left leg that it took multiple procedures and several months to get back on the bike.
“It’s not just special for me, it’s special for everyone behind me,” added Dygert, who is now the favorite to win at next year’s Paris Olympics. “This means a lot for us. You know, it’s just trusting the process and God’s plan and I’m really thankful […]