Chloe Dygert will defend her title of world time trial champion this afternoon at Imola, on a course as long as that of the men on Friday (37.1 km). The American, 23, will have to be wary as usual of the Dutch, even if Annemiek van Vleuten (broken wrist) is forfeited.
The first start is scheduled at 2:40 p.m., the last to set off will start at 4:45 p.m.
On the Belgian side, they are two. Ann-Sophie Duyck, 33, European vice-champion in Denmark in 2017, signed her best result in a World Cup in 2014 in Ponferrada (5th) in Spain. Five-time Belgian champion (from 2014 to 2018), she has had to put her foot down a bit in the past two years due to injuries.
Sara Van de Vel, 26, originally a triathlete, will make her debut, she who was beaten at the Belgian championship in Koksijde last month by Lotte Kopecky and who was 22nd out of 26 at the championships of Europe in Plouay a few days later.
On the side of the favorites Chloe Dygert has not yet competed in official races this season, but, with few kilometers left last year too, that did not prevent her from winning her first world title in the Yorkshire (on a course of 30.3 km), well advised by Kristin Armstrong, triple Olympic champion of the chrono (2008, 2012 and 2016).
If Annemiek van Vleuten, 3rd last year, who suffers from a broken wrist following her fall at the Giro last week, is forfeited, the Dutch have enough to put pressure on the American. Anna van der Breggen, 2nd last year at 1:32, won the Giro and is European champion in the specialty. Olympic champion online, the Dutch, 30, is still awaiting a first world title, she who has been a silver medalist four times (over the last five years).
To replace Van Vleuten, the Netherlands have recalled Ellen van Dijk, 33, quadruple European champion against the clock and vice-champion of Europe this year. She was world champion in this exercise in 2013 in Florence, also winning bronze in 2018 and silver in 2016.
As outsiders, the Americans Leah Thomas and Amber Neben, 45, the Germans Lisa Brennauer and Lisa Klein as well as the Swiss Marlen Reusser are most often cited.