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World Championships: BMC win men's TTT

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Tinkoff-Saxo was fifth on the TTT

Tinkoff-Saxo was fifth on the TTT (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lampre-Merida during the TTT

Lampre-Merida during the TTT (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Garmin Sharp rode to tenth place

Garmin Sharp rode to tenth place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ramūnas Navardauskas on the front for Garmin-Sharp

Ramūnas Navardauskas on the front for Garmin-Sharp (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ramūnas Navardauskas leading the Garmin-Sharp team

Ramūnas Navardauskas leading the Garmin-Sharp team (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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FDJ,fr finished in 11th place

FDJ,fr finished in 11th place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale was ninth on the TTT course

Cannondale was ninth on the TTT course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alessandro De Marchi working hard for Cannondale

Alessandro De Marchi working hard for Cannondale (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale put in a solid effort to finish ninth

Cannondale put in a solid effort to finish ninth (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Twelfth on the day was Astana

Twelfth on the day was Astana (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giant-Shimano was eigth

Giant-Shimano was eigth (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giant-Shimano during the TTT

Giant-Shimano during the TTT (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giant-Shimano on their way to placing eighth

Giant-Shimano on their way to placing eighth (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giant-Shimano was 1:27 minutes down on the winning team of BMC

Giant-Shimano was 1:27 minutes down on the winning team of BMC (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giant-Shimano in action

Giant-Shimano in action (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giant-Shimano out on the course

Giant-Shimano out on the course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC with team manager Jim Ochowicz

BMC with team manager Jim Ochowicz (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jim Ochowicz on the podium with the winners prize

Jim Ochowicz on the podium with the winners prize (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Orica-GreenEdge had to settle Silver again

Orica-GreenEdge had to settle Silver again (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Orica-GreenEdge riders manage a consolatory wave on the podium

Orica-GreenEdge riders manage a consolatory wave on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Here come the medals

Here come the medals (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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CCC Polsat Polkowice rode to 18th place today

CCC Polsat Polkowice rode to 18th place today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rabobank Development team on the course

Rabobank Development team on the course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team MG Kvis -Wilier

Team MG Kvis -Wilier (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Ecuador had impressive looking read disc wheels

Team Ecuador had impressive looking read disc wheels (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bradley Wiggins couldn't put Team Sky on the podium

Bradley Wiggins couldn't put Team Sky on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky during the TTT

Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky during the TTT (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bradley Wiggins powers Team Sky to fourth

Bradley Wiggins powers Team Sky to fourth (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Movistar ended the day in sixth place

Movistar ended the day in sixth place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC with team manager Jim Ochowicz on the top step of the podium

BMC with team manager Jim Ochowicz on the top step of the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC riders kiss their gold medals

BMC riders kiss their gold medals (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Bronze medal went to Omega Pharma-QuickStep

The Bronze medal went to Omega Pharma-QuickStep (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC raise their arms in celebration

BMC raise their arms in celebration (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Orica-GreenEdge, BMC and Omega Pharma-QuickStep on the podium as the top three teams

Orica-GreenEdge, BMC and Omega Pharma-QuickStep on the podium as the top three teams (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Boonen walks onto the podium

Tom Boonen walks onto the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep on the podium

Omega Pharma-QuickStep on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin looks down at the bronze medal. It's not a colour he's used to seeing these days

Tony Martin looks down at the bronze medal. It's not a colour he's used to seeing these days (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin and Tom Boonen were disappointed to miss out on the gold medal

Tony Martin and Tom Boonen were disappointed to miss out on the gold medal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (middle) on the podium

Tony Martin (middle) on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep raise their bouquets

Omega Pharma-QuickStep raise their bouquets (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep tryin to make sense of the bronze medal

Omega Pharma-QuickStep tryin to make sense of the bronze medal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Boonen looking disappointed on the podium

Tom Boonen looking disappointed on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep were going for three straight fold medals

Omega Pharma-QuickStep were going for three straight fold medals (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep powers on but would have to settle for third place

Omega Pharma-QuickStep powers on but would have to settle for third place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin couldn't do enough to win the race for Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Tony Martin couldn't do enough to win the race for Omega Pharma-QuickStep (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep was third today

Omega Pharma-QuickStep was third today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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There was no third straight gold medal for Omega Pharma-QuickStep

There was no third straight gold medal for Omega Pharma-QuickStep (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lotto-Belisol were disappointed to finish 22nd

Lotto-Belisol were disappointed to finish 22nd (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A Team Europcar rider swings off the front

A Team Europcar rider swings off the front (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Europcar during the TTT

Team Europcar during the TTT (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Europcar

Team Europcar (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Europcar on their way to 19th

Team Europcar on their way to 19th (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Katusha

Team Katusha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katusha on course for 13th

Katusha on course for 13th (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katusha was 13th

Katusha was 13th (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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KOLSS Cycling Team

KOLSS Cycling Team (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Adria Mobil

Team Adria Mobil (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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 Caja Rural Seguros RGA

Caja Rural Seguros RGA (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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RusVelo

RusVelo (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wanty Groupe Gobert

Wanty Groupe Gobert (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise

Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The teams on the podium reflect as the national flags are hoisted

The teams on the podium reflect as the national flags are hoisted (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Belkin

Team Belkin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Belkin out on course

Belkin out on course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Belkin was 14th on the course

Belkin was 14th on the course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC rode to perfection in the dry conditions

BMC rode to perfection in the dry conditions (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Daniel Oss sitting in second wheel during BMC's ride

Daniel Oss sitting in second wheel during BMC's ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trek Factory Racing

Trek Factory Racing (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabian Cancellara swinging off after a turn on the front

Fabian Cancellara swinging off after a turn on the front (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trek Factory Racing was seventh at the end of the day

Trek Factory Racing was seventh at the end of the day (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Svein Tuft drives the Orica-GreenEdge train

Svein Tuft drives the Orica-GreenEdge train (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Orica-GreenEdge dug deep but couldn't do enough to claim the gold medal

Orica-GreenEdge dug deep but couldn't do enough to claim the gold medal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Orica-GreenEdge on their way to the silver medal

Orica-GreenEdge on their way to the silver medal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Manuele Boaro with Tinkoff-Saxo during the TTT

Manuele Boaro with Tinkoff-Saxo during the TTT (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Manuele Boaro drives the Tinkoff-Saxo train

Manuele Boaro drives the Tinkoff-Saxo train (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The podium hostesses with the medals

The podium hostesses with the medals (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale featured Peter Sagan

Cannondale featured Peter Sagan (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Movistar were out of the medals at Worlds

Team Movistar were out of the medals at Worlds (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BMC Racing

BMC Racing (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Jim Ochowicz and Brian Cookson

Jim Ochowicz and Brian Cookson (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BMC Racing as world time trial champions

BMC Racing as world time trial champions (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Omega Pharma QuickStep

Omega Pharma QuickStep (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The top three places on the podium in the men's Worlds team time trial

The top three places on the podium in the men's Worlds team time trial (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BMC Racing team on the podium

BMC Racing team on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Jim Ochowicz

Jim Ochowicz (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Orica GreenEdge ride to silver in the Worlds TTT

Orica GreenEdge ride to silver in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Omega Pharma QuickStep at the Worlds in 2014

Omega Pharma QuickStep at the Worlds in 2014 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tinkoff - Saxo

Tinkoff - Saxo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Movistar in action at the Worlds

Movistar in action at the Worlds (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lampre Merida in team time trial mode

Lampre Merida in team time trial mode (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky

Team Sky (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BMC Racing stormed to the win in the Worlds TTT

BMC Racing stormed to the win in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Sirotti)
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BMC Racing head towards the win in the Worlds TTT

BMC Racing head towards the win in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Sirotti)
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BMC Racing head towards the win in the Worlds TTT

BMC Racing head towards the win in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Orica GreenEdge ride to silver in the Worlds TTT

Orica GreenEdge ride to silver in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Orica GreenEdge ride to silver in the Worlds TTT

Orica GreenEdge ride to silver in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Omega Pharma QuickStep at the Worlds in 2014

Omega Pharma QuickStep at the Worlds in 2014 (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Omega Pharma QuickStep

Omega Pharma QuickStep (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The final podium in the Worlds team time trial

The final podium in the Worlds team time trial (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The final podium in the Worlds team time trial

The final podium in the Worlds team time trial (Image credit: Sirotti)
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BMC show off their medals after winning the men's TTT at Worlds

BMC show off their medals after winning the men's TTT at Worlds (Image credit: AFP)
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 BMC Racing team compete in the men's team time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships

BMC Racing team compete in the men's team time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships (Image credit: AFP)
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BMC Racing team compete in the men's team time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships

BMC Racing team compete in the men's team time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships (Image credit: AFP)
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Team Astana

Team Astana (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky rode to fourth in the Worlds TTT

Team Sky rode to fourth in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

BMC Racing rode to victory in the men’s team time trial at the World Championships in Spain on Sunday. The American team beat Orica-GreenEdge into second place by 31 seconds with the two-time defending champions Omega Pharma-QuickStep in third at 35 seconds behind.

Team Sky started strongly but faded in the second half of the race and were forced to settle for fourth place.

The six teams running from second to seventh all finished within 30 seconds of each other - indicating just how decisively BMC’s 31-second margin placed the American squad head and shoulders above the rest of the 28 teams taking part. 

This gap was all the more remarkable given that the last two years, the World’s team time trial’s gold and silver have been decided by only a handful of seconds - three seconds in 2012, when BMC finished with silver behind Omega Pharma-QuickStep, and less than one second in 2013, between the Belgian outfit and Orica-GreenEdege.

“It feels incredible. The team was confident but nervous coming into this,” BMC's Tejay van Garderen said afterwards.

“A couple of years ago we were a few seconds off the win and we had that in the back of our minds. We knew we had a strong team and that everything had to just fall into place. We just stayed calm and did our thing.”

What was the key to BMC’s success? Pacing was certainly critical on a complicated 57-kilometre course with a fast first half mostly on wider, two-lane highways and then a much more technical second part that included a longer climb, a tricky descent into Ponferrada and a number of roundabouts. Just to add to the complications, rain showers set in later on and made some teams more cautious.

Orica-GreenEdge was perhaps one of them, given the Australians steadily squeezed the gap on the fastest team from 24 seconds at the first checkpoint to eight seconds by the third, but then dropped to 31 seconds behind BMC by the finish.

The American squad, on the other hand, timed their effort perfectly, maintaining themselves near at the top of the intermediate time splits table throughout. 

Less than a second behind pace-setters Omega Pharma-QuickStep at checkpoint number one, BMC Racing then dropped to eight seconds behind the Belgians at the second checkpoint. From that point onwards, BMC remorselessly opened the throttle, climbing back to the top of the leaderboard with an 11-second advantage on Team Sky at the third checkpoint.

In the final and most technical part, BMC Racing were un-matchable. It is possible that the windier, slightly rainy conditions that picked up in some segments of the race did their rivals no favors, as they all finished later  than the American squad. Victory by such a large margin makes their superiority difficult to dispute.

Whilst the Ukrainian Kolss Cycling team, fifth off, set an early time to beat with 1:08:27, Spain’s Pro Continental squad Caja Rural, greeted with big cheers at the finish, then became the first team to clock under 68 minutes with 1:07:59. That fastest time in turn was quickly chopped down to 1:07:06 by CCC Polsat but Rusvelo sliced another big chunk off the leader board's top mark, with 1:06:14.

The first WorldTour team to set the fastest pace throughout the intermediate checkpoints, Cannondale, comfortably smashed the Russian team’s time, with 1:04:58. However, BMC’s ability to take 27 seconds off Cannondale’s time at the 23.6-kilometre checkpoint made it clear there were still some major improvements to come.

Trek lagged behind Cannondale but then gained a faster time by seven seconds at the third checkpoint, 48.9 kilometres into the course. 

Adding on the power in the second half of the course seemed to be the strategy, with Cancellara pounding through the final corner and the American squad ousting Cannondale from the pole position by 27 seconds.

However, the look of agony on the faces of BMC’s Vuelta 2010 podium finisher Peter Velits and teammate Manuel Quinziato as they crossed the line quickly turned to delight when they found out that they were over a minute ahead of Trek. 

Whilst local favourites Movistar faded, the battle to challenge BMC came down to a three-way struggle between Orica-GreenEdge, Omega Pharma and Team Sky, with less than a second between the three at the final checkpoint, nine kilometres before the finish.

“It was a boxing match,” said Orica-GreenEdge’s Svein Tuft.

None of the three, however, were capable to eating into BMC’s eleven-second advantage. Team Sky was guided in to fourth by powerhouses Bradley Wiggins and Vasil Kiryenka, but both Orica-GreenEdge and Omega Pharma, the last two teams to finish, then overhauled the British outfit to make it onto the podium.

The hugs and smiles in the winner’s pavilion after the final teams crossed the line made it clear that BMC Racing had remained way out of reach, and that they had won the World title.

 

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team1:03:29.85
2Orica-GreenEdge0:00:31.84
3Omega Pharma-QuickStep Cycling0:00:35.22
4Team Sky0:00:37.29
5Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:46.59
6Movistar Team0:00:51.37
7Trek Factory Racing0:01:01.47
8Team Giant-Shimano0:01:26.60
9Cannondale0:01:28.56
10Garmin-Sharp0:01:44.80
11FDJ.fr0:02:05.08
12Astana Pro Team0:02:12.38
13Team Katusha0:02:14.35
14Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:28.16
15Lampre-Merida0:02:30.08
16Rusvelo0:02:44.81
17Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:02:45.29
18CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:36.90
19Team Europcar0:03:52.06
20Ag2r-La Mondiale0:04:05.91
21Wanty-Group Gobert0:04:07.49
22Lotto Belisol0:04:12.00
23Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:29.70
24Kolss Cycling Team0:04:57.99
25MG Kvis-Wilier0:05:36.95
26Rabobank Development Team0:06:01.11
27Adria Mobil0:06:12.23
28BDC Marcpol0:06:51.56
29Team Ecuador0:08:08.46

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