Annemiek Van Vleuten crosses the line after a 60 mile solo – local legend, the late, great Beryl Burton would be proud of this ride on her Yorkshire roads.
The Orange-woman is immediately mobbed by a pack of feral photogs.
But instead of being led away by the UCI podium guys, she effects a tricky clamber over the barriers and into the arms of mum and dad for a huge embrace before a race official moves a barrier and lets her get back to her machine and then the podium.
But not before she’s embraced team mate, Anna Van Der Breggen who’s next across the line, taking silver, last girl standing from a little group which pursued VV in vain.
Aussie girl Amanda Spratt takes the last medal and is congratulated by her team mates just past the line.
In fourth place is freshly crowned ladies time trial champion, Chloe Dygert of the USA; she’s tried to bridge from the Spratt/Ban Der Breggen tandem but her doors had blown off in no uncertain fashion and she was in a state of near collapse.
Former champions Borghini of Italy and yet another Dutch woman, Marianne Vos filled fifth and sixth slots.
Former champion of the world, local lass Lizzie Armitage had been in the group behind Van Vleuten entering the Harrogate finishing circuit but like Dygert was another who lost her doors – 31st was the final verdict.
The rain which had been dropping like a seeded Chinese cloud burst all morning stopped as we parked up with Bradford giving us bright sunshine on it’s interesting mix of Victorian and 21st architecture.
There was the usual warming up on turbos going on but so too time spent on essential “ladies stuff” like braiding ponytails.
Up at the Danish bus former Six Day and road star, Tayeb Braika was keeping an eye on the bikes, is it tempting providence to have little rainbow jerseys on the ropes around the bikes?
‘Yes’ would be the eventual answer to that.
Former world Junior and Senior Ladies Champion, reigning Danish Champion, Amalie Dideriksen meanwhile headed for the sign on – this wouldn’t be her day, unlucky 13th it would be.
On the subject of former champions, Thor Hushovd and Dag Otto Lauritzen went unrecognised at the Norwegian bus – but not by an old saddo like me…
Yorkshire is wool country and a few of the moorland sheep had wandered into town.
At the GB bus the multitudes had gathered, hoping for a glimpse of Queen Lizzie.
And now, in this politically correct world we live in, a question for our readers, we need guidance….