The women’s TT will be the first event to hit the Hampton Court course this Wednesday, August 1, with the first of the 25 riders off at 12:30pm.

90 second intervals will separate the remaining competitors as they tackle the 29km course. Although not totally flat, the course has little in the way of challenging climbs and should favour the time-trial specialists.

The women who will be competing in tomorrow’s race are busy making their final preparations to their equipment and are riding test runs on the course today, so what better time to take a look at who will be in the running for a medal.

Judith Arndt, 36, Germany



The defending world champion has only won one time-trial in 2012: the German national championships. Yet in the seven other individual events she has raced this year, she has finished no lower than fifth and made the podium six times. 

She’ll go into the race as one of the hot favourites and will be suited to the course. But could her lack of winning performances this year put her off?



Last three time trial performances:

Thuringhen Rundfahrt, stage four – 2nd. 16 seconds behind Trixi Worrack (July)

Thuringen Rundfarht, prologue – 3rd. Three seconds behind Hanka Kupfernagel (July)

Giro d’Italia Femminile, stage two – 3rd. 12 seconds behind Marianne Vos (June)

Kristin Armstrong, 38, USA



She took time away from cycling after winning gold in the TT in Beijing to start a family, but the American (who is unrelated to Lance) is back in business and ready for London. 

Her calendar this year has a distinctly American feel to it but she has made up for the lack of racing against the European competition with wins throughout the year. Definitely one to watch.

Last three time trial performances:

Cascade Classic, stage two – 1st. 1-17 ahead of Alison Powers (July)

Cascade Classic, prologue – 1st. Eight seconds ahead of Alison Powers (July)

Exergy Tour, prologue – 13th. Eight seconds behind Tara Whitten (May)

Emma Johansson, 28, Sweden



The Swede is at the age where she should be at her peak physical fitness and her sixth place in the road race on Sunday showed she her form is hitting top notch at just the right time too.

Last three time trial performances:

Thuringhen Rundfahrt, stage four – 3rd. 16 seconds behind Trixi Worrack (July)

Thuringhen Rundfahrt, prologue – 6th. Eight seconds behind Hanka Kupfernagel (July)

Giro d’Italia Femminile, stage two – 10th. 24 seconds behind Marianne Vos (June)

Emma Pooley, 29, Great Britain



Pooley is GB’s best hope for a medal and the 2010 world champion has a proven pedigree when it comes to the big events, taking bronze at the 2011 worlds and a silver in Beijing.

She is on form too, being one of the most attacking riders during the road race. If anything is going to get in the way of the diminutive Pooley, who perhaps lacks the outright power of some of her rivals, it will be the lack of hills on the course.

Last three time trial performances:

Giro d’Italia Femminile, stage two – 9th. 22 seconds behind Marianne Vos (June)

Giro del Trentino, stage 2b – 5th. 14 seconds behind Linda Villumsen (June)

Emakumeen Euskal Bira, stage three – 4th. 10 seconds behind Linda Villumsen (June)

Clara Hughes, 39, Canada



Cyclist turned speed-skater turned cyclist, Hughes is the only person ever to have won multiple medals in both the summer and winter Olympics. 

She counts a bronze in the TT in the 1996 Games as one of those medals, but the closest she came to the event in 2008 was in the commentary box. A fifth in the world championships last year means Hughes can never be counted out.

Last three time trial performances:

Thuringhen Rundfahrt, prologue – 2nd. Two seconds behind Hanka Kupfernagel (July)

Giro d’Italia Femminile, stage two – 2nd. Five seconds behind Marianne Vos (June)

Canadian National Championships – 1st. 1-40 ahead of Rhae-Christie Shaw (June)

Marianne Vos, 25, The Netherlands



Is there anyting Vos can’t do? Despite a broken collarbone sustained in May she has rebounded in the best possible way and was simply unbeatable at the road race on Sunday. Even if she isn’t a favourite for gold, a podium place is well within her grasp.

Last three time trial performances:

Tour Feminin en Limousin, stage two – 2nd. 11 seconds behind Anna Van Der Breggen (July)

Giro d’Italia Femminile, stage two – 1st. 5 seconds ahead of Clara Hughes (June)

Festival Luxembourgeois, prologue – 4th. Two seconds behind Annemiek Van Vleuten (April)

Linda Villumsen, 27, New Zealand



Born in Denmark, Villumsen became a Kiwi in late 2009. She has developed a rivalry with Arndt in recent months, finishing second to the German at the world championships in 2011.

In 2012 the tables have turned in favour of Villumsen, who has beaten Arndt on two occasions. She’ll want to make it three on Wednesday.

Last three time trial performances:

Giro d’Italia Femminile, stage two – 6th. 18 seconds behind Marianne Vos (June)

Giro del Trentino, stage 2b – 1st. Four seconds ahead of Judith Arndt (June)

Emakumeen Euskal Bira, stage three – 1st. Three seconds ahead of Judth Arndt (June)

Ellen Van Dijk, 25, The Netherlands



Like Hughes, Van Dijk has a history in the ice rink. The Dutch champion was on the offensive in the road race for her team-mate Vos and missed the time cut as a result. She can focus on her own ambitions in the TT.

Last three time trial performances:

Tour Feminin en Limousin, stage two – 11th. 1-28 behind Anna Van Der Breggen (July)

Dutch National Championships – 1st. 14 seconds ahead of Annemiek Van Vleuten

Emakumeen Euskal Bira, stage three – 3rd. Six seconds behind Linda Villumsen (June)

London 2012 – Related links



Women’s time trial start list



London 2012 Olympic Games: Coverage index

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