Van Dijk wins gold at cycling worlds

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Ellen Van Dijk of the Netherlands competes in the Elite Women's Time Trial of the UCI Road World Championships in Tuscany, on September 24, 2013 in Florence.

FLORENCE, Italy - Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands dominated the women&39;s time trial to win her second gold medal at this year&39;s road cycling world championships on Tuesday.

The time trial specialist, who was the pre-race favorite, posted a time of 27 minutes, 48.18 seconds, beating Linda Villumsen of New Zealand by 24.10 seconds. Carmen Small of the United States was third, 28.74 seconds behind Van Dijk.

The powerful Van Dijk, who picked up gold in the team time trial on the opening day on Sunday, was one of the last to start. The 26-year-old led from start to finish along the 21.8 kilometre (13.5-mile) course.

Earlier, Igor Decraene of Belgium won the junior time trial, beating favorite Mathias Krigbaum of Denmark.