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Taylor Knibb ‘still a little shocked’ by US ITT title but ready to make Olympic history

In her second appearance at the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships, Taylor Knibb racked up quite a collection of awards for setting the fastest time in the elite women’s individual time trial (ITT) – the stars and stripes jersey, a medal gold and a hat with “MADE IT” sewn under the bill. This special embroidery signified her qualification to represent Team USA in the women’s time trial at the Paris Olympics in July.

“I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m just in shock,” was Knibb’s reaction shortly after the last rider among the elite women, Lauren Stephens (Cynisca Cycling), crossed the finish line and stopped the clock well over a minute and a half shy of his time of 41:54. Knibb was the only rider to spend less than 42 minutes on the flat 33.6 km round-trip course, and in doing so she won her first national road cycling championship.