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Boels Dolmans win third consecutive Team Time Trial in Vargarda

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The Boels-Dolmans team celebrate their win

The Boels-Dolmans team celebrate their win (Image credit: Getty Images)
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 Anna van der Breggen leads the line for Boels-Dolmans

Anna van der Breggen leads the line for Boels-Dolmans (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The podium (l-r): Team Sunweb, winners Boels-Dolmans and Cervelo Bigla

The podium (l-r): Team Sunweb, winners Boels-Dolmans and Cervelo Bigla (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Boels-Dolmans team hit the finish

The Boels-Dolmans team hit the finish (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Canyon SRAM in action

Canyon SRAM in action (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Mitchelton-Scott teams was soon down to five riders

The Mitchelton-Scott teams was soon down to five riders (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Boels-Dolmans show how to ride a TTT

Boels-Dolmans show how to ride a TTT (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Mitchelton-Scott in the Swedish countryside

The Mitchelton-Scott in the Swedish countryside (Image credit: Getty Images)
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There was a lot of spray on the road

There was a lot of spray on the road (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ale Cipollini stand out in the rain

Ale Cipollini stand out in the rain (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Dani Rowe leads the WaowDeals Pro Cycling team

Dani Rowe leads the WaowDeals Pro Cycling team (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Cervelo Bigla fight to finish third

Cervelo Bigla fight to finish third (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team Sunweb took a central line down the road

Team Sunweb took a central line down the road (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team Tibco-SVB

Team Tibco-SVB (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Movistar team try to stay together

The Movistar team try to stay together (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Wiggle-High5 team try to drive on in the rain

The Wiggle-High5 team try to drive on in the rain (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Astana got a soaking in the rain

Astana got a soaking in the rain (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope at speed

The FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope at speed (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The eam Virtu Cycling Women riders try to find the best slipstream

The eam Virtu Cycling Women riders try to find the best slipstream (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The teams raced on an out and back course

The teams raced on an out and back course (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The red Cogeas - Mettler Pro Cycling Team colours stood out in the rain

The red Cogeas - Mettler Pro Cycling Team colours stood out in the rain (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The women's Movistar team hold the wheels

The women's Movistar team hold the wheels (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Wiggle High5 finished fifth

Wiggle High5 finished fifth (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ale Cipollini out in the countryside

Ale Cipollini out in the countryside (Image credit: Getty Images)
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 BTC City Ljubljana

BTC City Ljubljana (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Experience was vital for Cervelo Bigla

Experience was vital for Cervelo Bigla (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The WaowDeals Pro Cycling team caught a rare dry spell

The WaowDeals Pro Cycling team caught a rare dry spell (Image credit: Getty Images)
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FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Women's world TTT champions Team Sunweb

Women's world TTT champions Team Sunweb (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Mitchelton-Scott team fight against the extreme conditions

The Mitchelton-Scott team fight against the extreme conditions (Image credit: Getty Images)

Boels Dolmans continued their run of success in the PostNord Vårgårda West Sweden team time trial, winning the highly prestigious test for the third year in a row.

After 42.5 kilometres on rolling roads in the wind and rain, the Dutch team stopped the clock with a time of 53:07, some 16 seconds faster than world team time trial champion’s Team Sunweb who finished in second place. Cervélo-Bigla finished third in 53:54.

The Boels-Dolmans team included Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak, Amy Pieters, Amalie Dideriksen, Karol-Anne Canuel and Christine Majerus.

The TTT course consisted of an out-and-back section and much of the eleven-kilometre circuit that will also be used in the road race on Monday. The first split time came at the turning point in Herrljunga after 16.4 kilometres, the second split time was in Vårgårda at kilometre 31.9 when passing close to the finish. After this, the teams had to do another 10.6 kilometres on the short circuit near Vårgårda before finishing on Kungsgatan.

The Swedish summer has been exceptionally dry, leading to a number of forest fires, but today the riders were met by wind and rain.

Rain started to fall just as the first team - Cogeas-Mettler - headed out on the course, and the rain never stopped for the rest of the race. The wind also played a part as there was tailwind on the section towards Herrljunga and headwind back to Vårgårda. On the final lap, the wind obviously changed direction as the riders completed the circuit.

Team Virtu Cycling were the second team to start and the Danish squad set a stellar first split time of 18:35 minutes that stood for the rest of the race. But disaster struck on the way back when Mieke Kröger punctured. The team lost valuable time waiting for the German powerhouse, relinquishing all chances of a top result, but still set a best time at the second split in 40:50 minutes.

The first team to beat this was Wiggle-High5 who passed the time check after exactly forty minutes. Cervélo-Bigla cut another 37 seconds off that but their time of 39:23 minutes was beaten by Team Sunweb right behind them, who needed only 38:58 minutes for the first 31.9 kilometres. The only team to come close to this was Boels Dolmans who passed through after 39:04 minutes.

Wiggle-High5 were also the first to beat Team Virtu Cycling's time at the finish when they stopped the clock after 54:49 minutes.

This was again beaten by Cervélo-Bigla in 53:54 minutes and Team Sunweb 53:23 minutes. However, Boels Dolmans would make up ground on the team time trial world champions on the final 10.6 kilometres and the orange-clad team crossed the finish line after 53:07, turning their six-second deficit into a 16-second advantage and defending their Vårgårda TTT title.

As part of the winning team, Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) defends her lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour ranking ahead of the Postnord Vårgårda West Sweden Road Race event on Monday.

The road race route is the same as last year's but includes several final short circuits in Vargarda. The riders first race four short laps followed by a longer loop of about 55km that contains four shorter gravel road portions, before ending with four laps of the 11km circuit, for a total of 141km.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:53:08
2Team Sunweb Women0:00:16
3Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:47
4Canyon-SRAM Racing0:01:25
5Wiggle High50:01:42
6Waowdeals Pro Cycing Team0:01:54
7Mitchelton-Scott Women0:02:29
8Team Virtu Cycling0:02:55
9Movistar Team Women0:03:06
10BTC City Ljubljana0:03:14
11Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:03:22
12Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team0:04:11
13Ale Cipollini0:04:12
14Valcar PBM0:04:19
15FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:04:32
16Hitec Prodcuts0:04:40
17Astana Womens Team0:06:10

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