Van Moorsel ready for time trial

Leontien Van Moorsel is determined her last top level appearance won't be Sunday's disastrous road r

Leontien Van Moorsel is determined her last top level appearance won't be Sunday's disastrous road r
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Outgoing women's road champion and triple Sydney gold medallist Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel is not out of the Olympic Games - and she will rise again, according to Dutch sources. Despite being almost knocked out in yesterday's women's road race after a heavy stack-up in the start/finish straight, the Dutch legend is determined to compete in Wednesday's women's time trial along the coastline at Vouliagmeni. Van Moorsel, riding her last Olympics, left the race route in the back of an ambulance but recovered sufficiently to return to the Olympic village for the night. Despite complaining of a bad headache, she had no concussion, but her husband - also her coach - woke every two hours through the night to check on her condition. The Dutchwoman, who gave thanks to her helmet after her heavy fall, is suffering with a hamstring injury and some pain in her lower back, but she intends to train on the time trial course tomorrow (Tuesday) and is now expected to defend her Olympic time trial title. But Van Moorsel - headache or no headache - had some harsh words for silver medallist Judith Arndt, after images of the German gesturing obscenely towards race winner Sara Carrigan, of Australia, were beamed around the world. "I don't understand what she was doing," said Van Moorsel. "She was here to represent her country but she didn't even try to win," said Van Moorsel. "She was the best in the race yesterday, but she rode in front for most of the last lap when she didn't need to. It was her fault she lost. Making a gesture like that was a stupid thing to do." While Arndt's middle finger was making the news in Germany, it was a sore toe that was preoccupying the French. After her own fall during the earlier stages of the women's road race, French rider Edwige Pitel is nursing a fractured big toe. The double world triathlon champion tumbled into a stone wall early on in Sunday's race, but rode on to finish 32nd. Despite her injury, clearly a handicap to her time trialling power, Pitel intends to train on the time trial course at Vouliagmeni, south-west of Athens, prior to Wednesday's Olympic 'race of truth.' Pitel won the French time trial championship in June this year.
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