UCI Road World Championships 2017

September 17-24, 2017, Ravnanger (Askøy), Bergen, Road - CDM

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Live coverage of the men's TTT at the World Championships in Bergen. 

 

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  1. 15:11:49 CEST

    Hello there and welcome to our live coverage of the elite men's TTT at the World Championships.

     

    Sunweb just won the women's event - could they do the double? The big hitters are out today - Quick-Step, BMC, Sky, and Orica-Scott are expected to be among the medals on what is a really testing 42.5km course. The women's race was great entertainment - buckle up for more of the same. 

  2. 15:13:41 CEST

    Local Norwegian team Fixit.no will be the first team down the ramp at 15:40 local time (around 20 minutes from now). The teams will set off in three minute intervals all the way down to last year's champions, Quick-Step. 

     

    1 Team Fixit.no 15:40:00
    2 Team Sparebanken Sør 15:43:00
    3 Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team 15:46:00
    4 Sangemini - MG. K Vis 15:49:00
    5 Joker Icopal 15:52:00
    6 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 15:55:00
    7 Astana Pro Team 15:58:00
    8 Team LottoNL-Jumbo 16:01:00
    9 Katusha-Alpecin 16:04:00
    10 Bora-Hansgrohe 16:07:00
    11 Movistar Team 16:10:00
    12 Trek-Segafredo 16:13:00
    13 Team Sunweb 16:16:00
    14 Team Sky 16:19:00
    15 Orica-Scott 16:22:00
    16 BMC Racing Team 16:25:00
    17 Quick-Step Floors 16:28:00

     

  3. 15:23:37 CEST

    As far as TT courses go, it's a stunner. This is Boels Dolmans in the women's race earlier. 

     

     

  4. 15:27:46 CEST

    The course for the men's race is the same as the women's, and we saw there that the Birkelundsbakken after 30km is pivotal. There are gradients well into the double digits, and the teams will have a hard time staying together. 

     

  5. 15:37:56 CEST

    Since the Worlds TTT became a trade team event in 2012, it has been dominated by Quick-Step and BMC, with three wins for the former and two for the latter. They will both surely be in the mix again, having been one-two at the recent Vuelta TTT, but everyone's talking about Sky. 

     

    The British team won bronze in 2013 but this time they have what is, on paper, up there with the strongest squads, especially for a hilly course such as this. 

     

    The BMC coach on Sky: "Their line-up is monstrous." Full story here

     

  6. 15:38:43 CEST

    Right, here we go. Team Fixit.no are on the ramp.

     

  7. 15:40:15 CEST

    And they're away! Here's how they line up

     

    Marius Blalid (Nor) 
    Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) 
    Asmund Romstad Lovik (Nor)
    Kristoffer Madsen (Nor)
    Bjornar Vevatne Overland (Nor)
    Elias Spikseth (Nor)

     

  8. 15:43:33 CEST

    Another Norwegian team on the ramp, with a full line-up of Norwegians. It's Team Sparenbanken Sor. 

     

    Kristian Aasvold (Nor)
    Herman Dahl (Nor)
    Fridtjof Roinas (Nor) 
    Mathias Skjold (Nor)
    Trond Hakon Trondsen (Nor)
    Andreas Vangstad (Nor)

     

  9. 15:46:42 CEST

    Both teams have settled into a nice pattern, but this course is going to stretch these teams - all the teams - to breaking point.

     

  10. 15:48:47 CEST

    Next off the ramp is the Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team. 

     

    Audun Brekke Flotten (Nor)
    Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Nor)
    Hans Kristian Haadem Rudland (Nor) 
    Torjus Sleen (Nor) 
    Torstein Traeen (Nor)
    Syver Westgaard Waersted (Nor)

     

  11. 15:50:15 CEST

    An Italian Continental team now. It's Sangemini - Mg. K Vis


    Simone Bernardini (Ita) 
    Nicola Gaffurini (Ita)
    Michele Gazzara (Ita) 
    Niccolo Salvietti (Ita) 
    Michele Scartezzini (Ita)
    Paolo Toto (Ita)

     

  12. 15:51:40 CEST

    Fixit are barrelling down one of the gentle downhill sections on this rolling course and they're on their way to the first checkpoint, which comes after 10.5km. 

     

  13. 15:54:30 CEST

    Now for the Joker team, who developed Edvald Boasson Hagen. Kristoffer Halvorsen, the U23 road race champion who's on his way to Team Sky, in their line-up. 

     

    Ole Forfang (Nor) 
    Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) 
    Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) 
    Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) 
    Bjorn Tore Hoem (Nor) 
    Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) 

     

  14. 15:55:01 CEST

    Fixit hit the first checkpoint with a time of 13:11.

     

  15. 15:56:55 CEST

    Now we step up a rank, with CCC Sprandi Polkowice, the only Pro Continental team here. Their powerhouse is Marcin Bialoblocki. 

     

    Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) 
    Jonas Koch (Ger)
    Lukasz Owsian (Pol)    
    Maciej Paterski (Pol) 
    Mateusz Taciak (Pol)
    Jan Tratnik (Slo)

     

  16. 16:00:56 CEST

    Now for the WorldTour teams. First up are Astana. 

     

    Dario Cataldo (Ita)
    Sergei Chernetski (Rus) 
    Oscar Gatto (Ita) 
    Andrey Grivko (Ukr) 
    Truls Korsaeth (Nor) 
    Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) 

     

  17. 16:01:49 CEST

    Uno-X are fastest so far at the first checkpoint, five seconds quicker than Sparenbanken and 25 seconds quicker than that time set by Fixit.

     

  18. 16:03:40 CEST

    LottoNL-Jumbo roll down the ramp with a really strong team. Boom,  Campenaerts, and Roglic all finished in the top five at the recent Tour of Britain time trial, while Jos Van Emden won the final-day TT at the Giro in May. 

     

    Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo

     

  19. 16:04:33 CEST

    Katusha now, and they have the individual time trial world champion Tony Martin as their leading light. 

     

    Reto Hollenstein (Swi)
    Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
    Tiago Machado (Por)
    Tony Martin (Ger)     
    Michael Morkov (Den)    
    Nils Politt (Ger) 

     

  20. 16:05:34 CEST

    Terrible start for Katusha as Machado has some sort of mechanical problem. Not sure exactly what it is, but he's back on the end of the train. 

     

  21. 16:06:07 CEST

    Joker take 14 seconds out of Uno-X at the first checkpoint.

     

  22. 16:08:29 CEST

    No Sagan, but Bora-Hansgrohe get their ride underway. 

     

    Jan Bárta (Cze)
    Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
    Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
    Patrick Konrad (Aut) 
    Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut)
    Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat)

     

  23. 16:09:03 CEST

    CCC take 26 seconds out of Joker. That's a fast first split. 

     

  24. 16:12:27 CEST

    Movistar are off. Castroviejo and Dowsett are two powerhouses for them. Dowsett can't climb well so it'll be interesting to see if he works early on and is left behind for the climb. 

     

    Andrey Amador (CRc)
    Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa)
    Alex Dowsett (GBr) 
    Imanol Erviti (Spa) 
    Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) 
    Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) 

     

  25. 16:15:11 CEST

    Here's Trek-Segafredo, the next down the ramp.


    Matthias Brändle (Aut)     
    Marco Coledan (Ita) 
    Koen De Kort (Ned)
    Markel Irizar (Spa) 
    Jarlinson Pantano (Col) 
    Edward Theuns (Bel)

     

  26. 16:15:56 CEST

    LottoNL knock 11:52 out of CCC at the first checkpoint. Astana are also through but they're already 22 seconds down. 

     

  27. 16:18:02 CEST

    Sunweb are off now. Will they be inspired by their women's team to a famous double? It's certainly a strong team.

     

    Tom Dumoulin (Ned) 
    Lennard Kämna (Ger) 
    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) 
    Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) 
    Michael Matthews (Aus) 
    Sam Oomen (Ned)

     

  28. 16:20:15 CEST

    Team Sky, many's favourites for the title, are on the ramp. Here's their 'monstruous' line-up. 

     

    Owain Doull (GBr) 
    Christopher Froome (GBr) 
    Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)     
    Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) 
    Gianni Moscon (Ita) 
    Geraint Thomas (GBr)

     

  29. 16:21:36 CEST

    Katusha and Bora are through the first checkpoint but aren't troubling LottNL - both around 15 seconds down.

     

  30. 16:22:32 CEST

    Fixit hit the climb and the double-digit gradients see them drop down to five riders. All five are together, though, as they come over the top, clocking 40:41 at the second checkpoint. 

     

  31. 16:23:29 CEST

    Orica-Scott aren't really a TTT team anymore but they've still got strong riders for this event along with medal experience. 

     

    Luke Durbridge (Aus) 
    Alexander Edmondson (Aus)
    Michael Hepburn (Aus) 
    Damien Howson (Aus)     
    Daryl Impey (RSA)
    Svein Tuft (Can) 

     

  32. 16:24:54 CEST

    And now for BMC, two-time world champions. Manuel Quinziato was meant to be in their line-up but admitted he's not in good enough shape and handed his place to Tejay Van Garderen. 

     

    Rohan Dennis (Aus)
    Silvan Dillier (Swi) 
    Stefan Küng (Swi) 
    Daniel Oss (Ita) 
    Miles Scotson (Aus)     
    Tejay Van Garderen (USA)

     

  33. 16:25:59 CEST

    Movistar look good early on, four seconds down on LottNL at the first split. Trek not so much - 20 seconds down.

     

  34. 16:27:20 CEST

    And now for our final team on the ramp. It's the 2016 champions, three-time champions, Quick-Step Floors. A strong team, as always.

     

    Jack Bauer (NZl) 
    Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
    Bob Jungels (Lux)
    Yves Lampaert (Bel)
    Niki Terpstra (Ned) 
    Julien Vermote (Bel) 

     

  35. 16:28:56 CEST

    Sunweb quickest at the first check! 5 seconds quicker than LottoNL.

     

  36. 16:29:25 CEST

    And, after a panicked last-minute bike adjustment for Bauer, Quick-Step are off, meaning that all the riders are out on the course. 

     

  37. 16:30:26 CEST

    On the climb it's Sangemini who have made up some ground and gone quicker than Uno-X, Fixit and Sprebanken. 40:09 the benchmark. 

     

  38. 16:31:18 CEST

    Wow, what a start from Team Sky. 

     

    They're fastest so far at the first checkpoint, putting 10 seconds into Sunweb and 16 into LottoNL. 

     

  39. 16:32:57 CEST

    Joker are fastest now at the top of the climb, more than a minute faster than Sangemini.

     

  40. 16:33:50 CEST

    But here come CCC, and they've knocked a further 1:20 out of Joker's time. The Polish team is down to the bare minimum of four riders. 

     

  41. 16:34:13 CEST

    Fixit come to the finish and stop the clock on 53:11.91.

     

  42. 16:35:46 CEST

    Orica-Scott hit the first checkpoint 13 seconds down on Sky. Third fastest so far but we await BMC and Quick-Step for a full picture. 

     

  43. 16:36:39 CEST

    Sparenbanken finish on 53:20.89.

     

  44. 16:37:31 CEST

    Astana aren't going too well as they struggle on the climb. They're 25 seconds down on CCC at the top.

     

  45. 16:37:54 CEST

    BMC hit the first checkpoint and they're provisionally in second place, 9 seconds down on Sky. 

     

  46. 16:39:21 CEST

    LottoNL have dropped a rider as they hit the top of the climb with a clean five. They clock 37:23.77 at the checkpoint, going 8 seconds quicker than CCC.

     

  47. 16:40:00 CEST

    Uno-X finish their ride with the quickest time so far - 53:00.

     

  48. 16:40:54 CEST

    Quick-Step looking good!

     

    They're through the first checkpoint just 1.34 seconds down on Sky, so second quickest so far. 

     

  49. 16:43:00 CEST

    Top 10 at first checkpoint

     

    Sky

    Quick-Step +1 second

    BMC +9

    Sunweb +10

    Orica-Scott +13

    LottoNL-Jumbo +16

    Movistar +20

    Katusha +29

    CCC Sprandi Polkowice +30

    Bora-Hansgrohe +33

     

  50. 16:46:32 CEST

    Astana, Bora, and Katusha all can't match CCC at the checkpoint at the top of the climb (31km). LottoNL still with the fastest time there. 

     

  51. 16:47:08 CEST

    And CCC cross the finish line, stopping the clock on 49:34.47 - that's 1:24 quicker than Joker.

     

  52. 16:48:46 CEST

    Movistar are down to five but those five are together on the climb. Dowsett is indeed the dropped rider. And they're 3 seconds quicker than LottoNL at the checkpoint!

     

  53. 16:49:15 CEST

    Astana cross the line with four riders, stopping the clock on 50:06.21 - 31 seconds down on CCC.

     

  54. 16:49:58 CEST

    Katusha are on the approach to the line with a full complement of six riders. You won't see that from many teams today. 

     

  55. 16:51:04 CEST

    LottoNL-Jumbo take the hotseat. They finish their TTT with five riders and a time of 49:10.00 - 24 seconds up on CCC. 

     

  56. 16:52:24 CEST

    Trek have five riders and look quite good on the climb, but they're more than a minute down on Movistar's benchmark. 

     

  57. 16:53:59 CEST

    Sunweb looking strong.

     

    All six are still there as they power up the climb, led by Tom Dumoulin. They're a huge 55 seconds up on Movistar at the checkpoint. 

  58. 16:54:49 CEST

    All six were there not long ago but now Katusha are splitting up and they cross the line in a fragmented four. 49:36.00 for them. Third as it stands. 

     

  59. 16:55:43 CEST

    Sky down to four

     

    Thomas and Doull have been dropped on the climb. Thomas is trying to claw is way back on but he's yo-yo-ing. 

     

  60. 16:56:09 CEST

    Froome is looking round. He wants to wait for Thomas. But Thomas can't match the pace, and they must forge on without him. 

     

  61. 16:56:30 CEST

    Sky are now five seconds down on Sunweb!

     

  62. 16:57:28 CEST

    Bora head to the finish with four riders. They clock 49:45.52. Fourth place for now but not for long.

     

  63. 16:58:36 CEST

    Sky were hesitant on the climb as to whether to wait for Thomas. Will that prove costly?

     

  64. 16:59:24 CEST

    Orica are 32 seconds down on Sunweb as they hit the checkpoint at the top of the climb. 

     

  65. 17:00:11 CEST

    Movistar are heading towards the finish and they're going to set the fastest time. Only just though! 49:09.65 - 0.35 seconds quicker than LottoNL.

     

  66. 17:01:04 CEST

    Sunweb are quickest at the third checkpoint (38km) as well - more than a minute up on Movistar. 

     

  67. 17:02:23 CEST

    BMC into the lead!

     

    The two-time champions are down to five but those five all look super strong on the climb and they're 3 seconds up as they hit the checkpoint. 

     

  68. 17:03:04 CEST

    Sky are losing time. They're 9 seconds down on Sunweb at the third checkpoint, with just 4km to go. 

     

  69. 17:03:55 CEST

    Sunweb still have six riders. This could be key. 

     

  70. 17:04:15 CEST

    50:40.03 for Trek-Segafredo. Well out of the picture.

     

  71. 17:04:57 CEST

    Sunweb come into the finish now, sprinting with a bare four in the final few hundred metres. 47:50.42 - quickest by over a minute. 

     

  72. 17:05:56 CEST

    Quick-Step are on the climb and down to four early on. It's a big ask for them, too, as they're 16 seconds down on BMC's quickest time at that checkpoint. 

     

  73. 17:06:49 CEST

    Orica have faded here. They're 43 seconds down at the third checkpoint. Just a few km to go but they won't be on the podium.

     

  74. 17:07:27 CEST

    Sky are on the approach now, but they're not going to win this. 

     

  75. 17:08:27 CEST

    Kwiatkowski leads them through the final bends and they drive for the line. 

     

    47:50.42 for Team Sky. Second place at the moment, 22 seconds down on Sunweb.

     

  76. 17:09:25 CEST

    BMC could be on their way to glory!

     

    At the third checkpoint they're four seconds up on Sunweb. They still have five for these final few kilometres. 

     

  77. 17:10:32 CEST

    The Sunweb riders are on tenterhooks in the hoteseats, watching the screen. Michael Matthews is so nervous. 

  78. 17:10:43 CEST

    Live timings suggest BMC are fading!

     

  79. 17:10:58 CEST

    BMC have lost those four seconds, it seems. Can they hang on?

     

  80. 17:11:23 CEST

    Orica hit the line with 48:53.63 - third at the moment.

     

  81. 17:12:02 CEST

    Quick-Step are out of gold medal contention, it seems. 25 seconds down on BMC's time at the third checkpoint. 

     

  82. 17:12:34 CEST

    This is between BMC and Sunweb. 

     

  83. 17:12:59 CEST

    It could be going to Sunweb as BMC struggle to stay together, one rider dangling off the back. 

  84. 17:13:20 CEST

    BMC round the final bends, but it's not going to be enough, I don't think.

     

  85. 17:13:55 CEST

    They can't manage it! 47:58.71. That's 8 seconds down on Sunweb. 

     

  86. 17:14:20 CEST

    Quick-Step are still out there but it's going to be Sunweb's title.

     

  87. 17:15:42 CEST

    Just like in the women's race, it's the final third of the course that does it for Sunweb. Perfectly paced. BMC were quicker at both the second and third checkpoints but in the final few kilometres the race was turned on its head. 

     

  88. 17:16:55 CEST

    As with BMC there are gaps between the Quick-Step wheels on the run to the line. They're going to be off the podium for the first ever time.

  89. 17:17:24 CEST

    48:25.62 for Quick-Step. Fourth place for them. 

     

  90. 17:19:56 CEST

    It's official: Team Sunweb win elite men's World Championships team time trial

     

  91. 17:27:39 CEST

    Here's Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin

     

    "It's crazy. First the women, and now us. It's crazy. The team was so homogenous. It was absolutely amazing. Normally people would say I'm the best time triallist on paper but with this team...it was so smooth, it was crazy.

     

    "We had a very good pace and kept it all the way to the line. We tried to keep together especially on the long climb, and that just about worked out - barely. But we made it over, and we were all flying. I don't have words, it's really unexpected but it's really very nice. It's the team event of the year, and we pulled it off."

  92. 17:33:53 CEST

    The final standings

     

    1. Team Sunweb - 47:50.42

    2. BMC Racing Team - 47:58.71

    3. Team Sky - 48:12.77

    4. Quick-Step Floors - 48:25.62

    5. Orica-Scott - 48:53.63

    6. Movistar Team - 49:09.65

    7. Team LottoNL-Jumbo - 49:10.00

    8. CCC Sprandi Polkowice - 49:34.47

    9. Katusha-Alpecin - 49:36.00

    10. Bora-Hansgrohe - 49:45.52

    11. Astana Pro Team - 50:06.21

    12. Trek-Segafredo - 50:40.03

    13. Joker Icopal - 50:58.51

    14. Sangemini - MG. K Vis - 52:52.48

    15. Uno - X Hydrogen Development - 53:00.16

    16. Team Fixit.no - 53:11.91

    17. Team Sparebanken Sør - 53:20.89

     

  93. 17:46:09 CEST

    The silver medallists, BMC.

     

     

  94. 17:48:14 CEST

    For more photos, along with full results and a write-up, here's our race report. 

     

    World Championships: Team Sunweb win men's team time trial

     

  95. 18:11:30 CEST

    Here's Team Sky, who started out strong but lost their way on the climb. 

     

  96. 18:13:40 CEST

    Here's Stephen Farrand's story on the reaction to Sunweb's victory in the women's race. We'll have more from the men's squad on the site shortly - they're about to do their winner's press conference. 

     

    Team Sunweb savour women's TTT world title

     

     

     

  97. 18:30:01 CEST

    That's it from our live coverage today. What a start to the 2017 Worlds - time trials get a bad rep but that was dramatic racing in stunning scenery. And what a day for Sunweb - that'll be some party tonight. 

     

    We'll back next week for live coverage of the individual time trial events. In the meantime we'll have all the fall-out from Sky, Quick-Step, BMC and others shortly on CN. Thanks for joining us today. Bye!

     

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