“It’s so good, I didn’t expect it,” Klamer said. “I’ve had some pretty bad races recently so I was quite nervous. But I love racing here, I’ve won three times before and I thought if I won today it would be fantastic.”
While Robisch fought to close the gap, with the large front field working together to take turns pulling at the helm, the German couldn’t bridge up over the six bike laps. Ahead of her, veterans like Jessica Harrison (FRA) and Anja Knapp (GER) pushed the pace, methodically adding precious seconds to their lead with each lap.
Determined to avenge her missed podium from last year, Harrison jutted out to the front of the competition early in the four-lap 10km run, with Frintova answering the challenging pace. But Harrison couldn’t maintain the rhythm and was overtaken by Klamer, Holland, Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA), Oleksandra Stepanenko (UKR) by the midway mark. Mazzetti shined on the third lap, moving to the front of the five-deep pack. But her move was ill timed as the eventual-medallists sat back to wait for the bell lap where Klamer and Holland perfectly timed a last-minute break.
“I didn’t think at all that I was going to win as I’ve had two months out from injury and have only just started back running,” said Taylor-Brown. “But I didn’t put any pressure on myself, just told myself to do what I do and it worked out.
“We got a break on the last bike lap, a couple of girls went down, and after that it was just a case of head down and go for it and luckily, I felt alright on the run.”