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Team Specialized - Lululemon wins opening title at Worlds 2012

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Specialized-lululemon en route to victory in the team time trial.

Specialized-lululemon en route to victory in the team time trial.
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) en route to victory

Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) en route to victory
(Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)

The favourites delivered in the women’s team time trial at the World Championships with Team Specialized - Lululemon taking gold ahead of Orica-AIS and AA Drink - Leontien.NL Cycling.

“We came out in April to preview the course and it’s been huge focal point of the season. We knew the course inside and out. It was a technical course, you had to go fast on the flats, fast on the climbs but not too fast. A lot of the time Ina and Ellen were powering along on the flats and Charlotte, Trixi, Amber and myself were setting a tempo on the climbs. We practiced it a bunch this week. It’s exciting to target something and then get the win,” she said.

“The goal was to win,” Stevens added.

“Ina did an incredible turn leading into the Cauberg and that was the plan to give us all a bit of a breather. We finished with five today but the goal was just to have the fastest time.”

At the recent Ladies Tour in Holland Orica had pushed Specialized-lulemon all the way, finishing within 19 seconds over a similar course.

“We knew that it would be a tight race and for sure,” Teutenberg said.

“After 10 km were weren’t expecting a 30 second lead. That would have been wishful thinking. We knew we had to put the pressure on and then keep it up. We knew it would come down to three or four teams and that it could be really tight.”