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Noemi Rüegg has won the Swiss time trial championship in the U23 category. The 21-year-old rider of Team Jumbo-Visma stayed ahead of Linda Zanetti and Jasmin Liechti.
This year's Swiss time-trial championships took place in Steinmaur, where the riders had to cover a 19-kilometre course in the scorching sun. Ruëgg, who has been riding for Team Jumbo-Visma since this season, set a time of 27 minutes and 38 seconds on the hilly course. It resulted in the third victory of the season for the Dutch women's team.
Rüegg was seven seconds faster than Zanetti, who crossed the line shortly after Rüegg. "I'm thrilled with this victory. The national time trial championships were a goal for me this season. Of course you still need to make it happen, but luckily the difference was big enough today. It's great I actually managed to win."
For Rüegg, the title was extra special because the time trial course was about a five-minute drive from her home. "I know all the roads and many people here, so that made it extra nice. The goal for today was not to start too fast so I would have something left at the end. That plan worked out well because I was able to speed up a bit in the second part."