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

Sunweb double up to win women's and men's events in Bergen

Team Sunweb scored a Worlds TTT double on Sunday, following up a victory in the women's event with the victory in the men's. Tom Dumoulin, Lennard Kämna, Wilco Kelderman, Soren Kragh Andersen, Michael Matthews and Sam Oomen comprised the winning team in Bergen, Norway, setting a time of 47:50.42 on the rolling 42.5km course.

BMC Racing settled for runner-up honours for the second straight season, while a Chris Froome-led Team Sky rounded out the podium in third.

"It's crazy. First the women, and now us. It's crazy," Dumoulin said after the gold-medal ride. "The team was so homogenous. It was absolutely amazing. Normally you would say, 'Maybe you're the best time triallist on paper,' but with this team ... it was so smooth, it was crazy."

The 13th of 17 teams to set out on the course, Sunweb took control of the hot seat from Movistar and then withstood the challenges of pre-race favourites Sky as well as the 2016 podium trio of Quick-Step, BMC and Orica-Scott.

Midway through their run, BMC looked to be on their way to victory, but they faded in the closing kilometres and landed silver instead, leaving Sunweb to win their first ever gold medal in the men's event just hours after the women claimed theirs.

"We had a very good pace and kept it all the way to the line," Dumoulin said. "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."

How it unfolded

The men's team time trial kicked off under clear skies in Bergen with Norway-based Team the first squad to hit the road, followed by fellow Norwegian Continental outfit Team Sparebanken Sør.'s initial mark was topped by Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team, the third team out on the course, who then gave way to Joker-Icopal, whose time was handily bested by CCC Sprandi Polkowice, the lone Pro Continental outfit in attendance.

The orange Poland-based squad survived Astana's challenge but their time fell to LottoNL-Jumbo, who were the first team to spend even a few minutes in the provisional lead. Katusha-Alpecin and Bora-Hansgrohe fell short of toppling LottoNL-Jumbo, but then Movistar narrowly outdid the Dutch squad to take control of the hot seat by one second.

It was clear they wouldn't spend long atop the provisional standings, however, as Sunweb had set better marks at all three checkpoints and was hot on their tail, powering up and over the day's main climb with apparent ease. Sunweb crossed the line a full 1:19 faster than Movistar to take a commanding lead, but their victory was anything but certain with four heavy hitters yet to come at that point.

Setting off three minutes after Sunweb, Sky had topped their time at the first checkpoint but began to struggle on the climb, dropping both Geraint Thomas and Owain Doull. From there they began losing significant ground. With Quick-Step also down to four earlier than hoped and shipping time after a strong start, it became clear that BMC Racing would be the biggest challenger to Sunweb.

Setting the third best mark at the first checkpoint, the American-based outfit kicked into gear for the climb, setting the best time there – but they began to fade over the closing kilometres.

From the hot seat, Sunweb watched Sky come home 22 seconds down on their time and then waited for BMC to deliver the final verdict.

The 2016 runners-up came home eight seconds slower than Sunweb, and with Quick-Step Floors finishing a further 27 seconds back, Sunweb's world title was secured.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sunweb0:47:50 
 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb  
 Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb  
 Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb  
 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
2BMC Racing Team0:00:08 
 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
3Team Sky0:00:22 
 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky  
 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
4Quick-Step Floors0:00:35 
 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors  
 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors  
 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors  
 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott  
 Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-Scott  
 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott  
 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott  
 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott  
 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott  
6Movistar Team0:01:19 
 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
7Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:20 
 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  
8CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:44 
 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
 Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
 Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
 Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin  
 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
 Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
 Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe  
 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
 Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
11Astana Pro Team0:02:16 
 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
 Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
 Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
 Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo  
 Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
13Joker Icopal0:03:08 
 Ole Forfang (Nor) Joker Icopal  
 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal  
 Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Joker Icopal  
 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Joker Icopal  
 Bjorn Tore Hoem (Nor) Joker Icopal  
 Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Joker Icopal  
14Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:05:02 
 Simone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
 Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
 Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
 Niccolo Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
 Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
 Paolo Toto (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
15Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team0:05:10 
 Audun Brekke Flotten (Nor) Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team  
 Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Nor) Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team  
 Hans Kristian Haadem Rudland (Nor) Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team  
 Torjus Sleen (Nor) Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team  
 Torstein Traeen (Nor) Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team  
 Syver Westgaard Waersted (Nor) Uno - X Hydrogen Development Team  
16Team Fixit.No0:05:21 
 Marius Blalid (Nor) Team Fixit.No  
 Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Team Fixit.No  
 Asmund Romstad Lovik (Nor) Team Fixit.No  
 Kristoffer Madsen (Nor) Team Fixit.No  
 Bjornar Vevatne Overland (Nor) Team Fixit.No  
 Elias Spikseth (Nor) Team Fixit.No  
17Team Sparebanken Sør0:05:30 
 Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
 Herman Dahl (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
 Fridtjof Roinas (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
 Mathias Skjold (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
 Trond Hakon Trondsen (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  
 Andreas Vangstad (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør  

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