Sunweb dominate Madrid Challenge team time trial

Team Sunweb won the stage 1 team time trial at the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. The World TTT champions lived up to their pedigree and covered the 12.6 km course in 17:40 minutes, winning ahead of Wiggle High5 and Mitchelton-Scott. Leah Kirchmann is the race leader ahead of Sunday's 100.3 km criterium in Madrid.

The Madrid suburb of Boadilla del Monte that hosted the team time trial is home to the Spanish headquarters of race sponsor WNT. Starting and finishing at the 18th-century Palacio del Infante Don Luis, the 12.6-kilometre course was relatively technical with nine roundabouts that were all passed two or even three times.

WNT-Rotor started third and were the first team to finish in under twenty minutes, stopping the clock at 19:23 minutes. One after another, Doltcini-Van Eyck, Parkhotel Valkenburg, and FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope took further seconds off the best time, and Cogeas-Mettler were the first to go below nineteen minutes in 18:50 minutes.

Despite starting short-handed with only five riders, BTC City Ljubljana could beat this time, finishing in 18:32 minutes. Wiggle High5 went even better, breaking the 18-minute barrier in 17:58 minutes and taking the lead. Only Team Sunweb could beat this, finishing in 17:40 minutes to take first place. Mitchelton-Scott were the last team on the course, their 18:26 minutes were good for third place.

Leah Kirchmann led the Sunweb squad over the finish line and will wear the purple jersey of the race leader on stage 2. “Honestly, it was not our best team time trial. We made quite a few mistakes, and we were down to four riders quite early. But we still held it together and rode quite a fast race in the end.”

The Madrid Challenge ends with a 17-lap criterium on a 5.9-kilometre circuit on the Paseo boulevards on Sunday 16 September.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sunweb0:17:40
2Wiggle High50:00:18
3Mitchelton Scott0:00:46
4BTC City Ljubljana0:00:52
5Cogeas - Mettler Pro Cycling Team0:01:10
6Valcar PBM0:01:14
7Movistar Team WomenRow 6 - Cell 2
8FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:22
9Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:24
10Ale CipolliniRow 9 - Cell 2
11Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:27
12Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport Uci Women Cycling0:01:39
13WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:01:43
14Hitec Products - Birk Sport0:01:47
15Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:54
16Bizkaia Durango - Euskadi Murias0:02:22
17Sopela Women's Team0:02:34
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:17:40
2Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb WomenRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 2 - Cell 2
4Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb WomenRow 3 - Cell 2
5Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High50:00:18
6Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5Row 5 - Cell 2
7Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5Row 6 - Cell 2
8Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5Row 7 - Cell 2
9Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High5Row 8 - Cell 2
10Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:00:46
11Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 10 - Cell 2
12Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 12 - Cell 2
14Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High50:00:52
15Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City LjubljanaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City LjubljanaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City LjubljanaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Cogeas0:01:10
21Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) CogeasRow 20 - Cell 2
22Antri Christoforou (Cyp) CogeasRow 21 - Cell 2
23Gulnaz Badykova (Rus) CogeasRow 22 - Cell 2
24Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM0:01:14
25Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 25 - Cell 2
27Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 26 - Cell 2
28Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 27 - Cell 2
29Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team WomenRow 28 - Cell 2
30Gloria Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 29 - Cell 2
31Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 30 - Cell 2
32Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:22
33Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:24
37Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 37 - Cell 2
39Meike Uiterwijk Winkel (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 38 - Cell 2
40Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 39 - Cell 2
41Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 40 - Cell 2
42Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 41 - Cell 2
43Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 42 - Cell 2
44Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:26
45Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 44 - Cell 2
46Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:27
47Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:01:39
51Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 50 - Cell 2
52Daniela Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 51 - Cell 2
53Kelly Markus (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 52 - Cell 2
54Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:01:41
55Winanda Spoor (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:01:43
56Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Anna Badegruber (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:44
60Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:01:47
61Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 60 - Cell 2
62Julie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 61 - Cell 2
63Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 62 - Cell 2
64Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:54
65Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 64 - Cell 2
66Marjolein van 'T Geloof (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 66 - Cell 2
68Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton Scott Women0:02:02
69Danielle Christmas (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias0:02:22
70Lucia Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi MuriasRow 69 - Cell 2
71Henrietta Colborne (GBr) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi MuriasRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sandra Alonso (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi MuriasRow 71 - Cell 2
73Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:02:32
74Sara Martin (Spa) Sopela Women's Team0:02:34
75Isabel Ferreres Navarro (Spa) Sopela Women's TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Iurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Sopela Women's TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sofia Rodriguez (Spa) Sopela Women's TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Ariadna Trias (Spa) Sopela Women's TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa) Spain0:02:43
80Eukene Larrarte Artega (Spa) SpainRow 79 - Cell 2
81Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) SpainRow 80 - Cell 2
82Paula Sanmartin (Spa) Servetto-Stradalli Cycle-AlurecyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:02:52
84Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar PBM0:02:54
85Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women0:02:58
86Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink0:02:59
87Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePinkRow 86 - Cell 2
88Lisa Morzenti (Ita) BePinkRow 87 - Cell 2
89Eyerusalem Kelil (Eth) BePinkRow 88 - Cell 2
90Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:03:00
91Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women0:03:22
92Ainara Elbusto Arteaga (Spa) Bizkaia DurangoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Isabel Martin Martin (Spa) Spain0:03:25
94Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBM0:03:29
95Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:03:30
96Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:03:42
97Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:03:46
98Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:04:05
99Alba Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:04:11
100Miriam Gardachal (Spa) Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi Murias0:04:13
101Maria Martins (Por) Sopela Women's Team0:04:30
102Evgenia Augustinas (Rus) Cogeas0:05:19
103Elizaveta Oshurkova (Rus) CogeasRow 102 - Cell 2
104Irene Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) Spain0:05:51

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