Ellen van Dijk is disappointed after her bronze medal in the time trial at the World Cycling Championships.

The Woerdense had to settle for third place in Imola, Italy, behind world champion Anna van der Breggen and Swiss Marlen Reusser.

"At first I have an unsatisfactory feeling about my race", Van Dijk told the

NOS

.

"After the finish I immediately thought: this is not enough and I really started too slowly.

Van Dijk was a minute slower at the first intermediate point than defending champion Chloé Dygert, who shortly afterwards crashed hard, and gave in to Van der Breggen for less than half a minute.

After 31.7 kilometers she had to put up with her compatriot for 31 seconds.

For Van Dijk it is her fourth World Championship medal in the time trial.

In 2013 she became world champion, three years later she took the silver and two years ago she had to be content with the bronze.

"In the end I got another medal, while I was not even allowed to start last week", the 33-year-old Dutchman realizes.

"As my trainer would say, I have to value every result. But I was afraid to start too hard."

Ellen van Dijk was joined on stage by Anna van der Breggen and Marlen Reusser.

(Photo: Pro Shots)

'This was a fantastic opportunity'

Van Dijk initially would not be at the start of the time trial, but she was appointed as a replacement for Annemiek van Vleuten last weekend.

Van Vleuten broke her wrist during the Giro Rosa and had to miss the race against time.

That is another reason why Van Dijk has a disappointing feeling about the bronze.

"I was really looking forward to it, because this was an opportunity that was thrown to me. This was a fantastic opportunity and I am a bit disappointed, but Anna was super strong and is the deserved winner", she concludes.