Houvenaghel 'surprised' by GB call-up

Published Tuesday, 18 September 2012
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Northern Ireland cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel has been representing Great Britain at the UCI World Championships in Holland, just over a month on from her Olympics disappointment.

Houvenaghel 'surprised' by GB call-up
Wendy Houvenaghel is set to compete for GB in Holland. (© Getty)

The 37-year-old missed out on a gold medal as she wasn't selected to compete in the women's team pursuit competition, branding the decision "vindictive".

But she's since moved on, picking up wins in the British Championships road time-trial and in the Chrono Champenois event in France.

Houvenaghel had to settle for 14th on Tuesday though, finishing in 34:43.97.

The time-trial title was retained by defending champion Judith Arndt of Germany, who completed the 24.3km route in 32:26.46 and is now set to retire.

"I was pleasantly surprised to get the call to represent Great Britain in the time-trial at these World Championships," Houvenaghel told Press Association Sport, ahead of the event.

"I've spent most of the year training for a three-minute team pursuit effort and over the last four weeks I've just applied myself to time-trialling.

"I've just thrown myself into my training the last few weeks and here I am in Valkenburg."

She added: "The time has passed quite quickly since the Games and I've been busy focusing on various races. I haven't been in touch with any of the members of staff.

"I'm just focusing on my own race and that's my priority while I'm out here."

After the World Championships, Houvenaghel plans to spend some time with her family and will assess whether the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 are an option.

It's understood that the women's team pursuit may become an event over 4km with four riders.

"I'm keeping my options open at the moment," she said.

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paul in falls rd wrote (865 days ago):
prob looking another medal in this event for not winning just like the olympics
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