Felicity Wilson-Haffenden won the junior women’s time trial title at the UCI Road World Championships in Stirling on Thursday.
The Australian completed the 13.5km course in 19:31 to beat British rider Izzy Sharp by 16 seconds at the line. Federica Venturelli of Italy rounded out the podium at 29 seconds back to take the bronze medal.
“As more crossed the line I just gained belief,” Wilson-Haffenden said after the time trial.
“It’s always a surprise, particularly coming from Australia. I haven’t raced these girls all year – I raced them once last year – so you never know how you’re going to stand up. After crashing out of the road race, I also didn’t get my chance to see how I could go against them but yeah, I’m so happy.
“I’ve been cycling two and a half years now so I can’t say it’s a dream I’ve had for my whole childhood, but ever since I found out what Worlds was two years ago, it’s something I’ve really wanted.
“I really want a WorldTour ride one day and I want to be winning there, so we’ll see how it goes.”