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WNT-Rotor out of Vargarda TTT after incident with car causes team to crash


WNT-Rotor (Image credit: Getty Images)

WNT-Rotor were forced to pull their five-rider team out of Saturday's Women's WorldTour round at the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden TTT after crashing heavily during their recon of the course on Friday. The riders were training on the 36km course when a vehicle took their right of way causing the team to crash. 

"Unfortunately during our team time trial training this morning ahead of tomorrow's @UCI_WWT, a car took our right of way and consequently our riders crashed heavily. Currently, all riders seem ok and will undergo further medical checks throughout today," the team reported on their official social media channels.

WNT-Rotor's team included former world champion Lisa Brennauer, Franziska Braube, Claudia Koster, Clara Koppenburg and Sarah Rijkes. The riders underwent medical checks and there were no serious injuries, however, their time trial equipment was so damaged due to the incident that they were left unusable and the riders were not able to compete in the next day's event.

"With the damage sustained to our bikes in the crash we regret to say we are unable to start tomorrow‘s race. We will keep you updated," the team wrote.

The Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden TTT course is 36km that starts and finishes in Vargarda with a turn-around point in Herrljunga. The course is undulating and the last kilometre is uphill to the finish line in Vargarda. The route is six kilometres shorter than last year and so many teams were out previewing the race route using their time trial equipment on Friday, a day ahead of the team time trial.

WNT-Rotor reassured that their riders were medically cleared to compete and will be on the start line for Sunday's Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race.


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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.