21 Sep 2011

NZ team picks up silvers at road world champs

7:55 am on 21 September 2011

The New Zealand road cycling team is celebrating two rare world championship medals.

In Copenhagen overnight Linda Villumsen won silver in the women's time trial and James Oram also won a time trial silver in the junior men's event.

Danish-born Villumsen finished a distant 22 seconds behind the German veteran Judith Arndt over 27.8 kilometres, held in wet conditions that hindered the pre-race favourites - but Villumsen didn't hold back.

She says she always just goes as fast as she can and doesn't worry about tactics.

Villumsen changed her nationality two years ago in a bid to make sure she qualifies for the London Olympics.