Baku, June 18, AZERTAC
In hot and windy conditions, Dutch cyclist Ellen Van Dijk won gold in the women's individual time trial at Bilgah Beach on Thursday, finishing first in a time of 32:26.87 ahead of Ukraine's Ganna Solovei and fellow Dutchwoman Annemiek Van Vleuten.
"It was very tough today, especially with the wind," said the freshly crowned European Games champion, "but then again it's the same circumstances for everyone. I was able to get into a rhythm quickly and I could keep up the pace."
"This is what I can do, but it didn't feel particularly great on this course. It's hard to concentrate when it's only one straight road ahead. There's not much to do while riding. You just have to push and push."
The men's race begins at 16:30, with favourite Luis Leon Sanchez Gil going out 12th.