Elite TT Title For Henderson

Anna Henderson blitzed to an elite time-trial win on the first day of the 2024 Lloyds Bank National Road Championships in North Yorkshire. Riders took on two laps of the testing 15km course in Catterick, scaling 500m of climbing in the race of truth. Henderson (Team Visma – Lease a Bike) clocked a time of 46:07.02 in the 30km time-trial to get her first win of the year.

With defending champion Lizzie Holden withdrawing from competition, the field was wide open for the 23 riders to compete for the coveted red, white and blue jersey. Former champion Henderson was quickest at the half-way mark in a time of 22:45.90, as she set her sights on regaining the jersey she won in Lincolnshire in 2021. A formidable group were out to stop her however, with Claire Steels (Movistar), Elinor Barker (Uno-X Mobility), Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL) and Anna Morris (WardPerformanceUK.com) all finishing the first lap within a minute of the leader’s time.

Henderson continued to set a blistering pace and extend her lead on the second lap, taking her second elite national time-trial title by a margin of almost 33 seconds, with an average pace of 39.03km/h. Behind her, an impressive ride saw Steels seal second place in 46:39.92, while Barker took home third place for the second consecutive year with a time of 47:08.71.

Henderson said after her win,  “I’m over the moon! It was a really, really tough course out there today so I’m really happy that everything came together, and I can pull on the stripey jersey. It’s been a really rough few years – last year with the crash, and the year before with sickness – so this year everything came together and was perfect. It’s great to get a white jersey and I’m really excited to wear it at the Tour [de France Femmes]!”

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