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Velocio-SRAM win fourth consecutive team time trial World Championships

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Boels Dolmans rode to second place

Boels Dolmans rode to second place
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The Boels Dolmans riders on the podium having finished second

The Boels Dolmans riders on the podium having finished second
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Velocio SRAM

Velocio SRAM
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The Boels Dolmans team out on course

The Boels Dolmans team out on course
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The Rabo Liv team was third

The Rabo Liv team was third
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Four straight TTT wins for Velocio-SRAM

Four straight TTT wins for Velocio-SRAM
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The Velocio-SRAM team during the race

The Velocio-SRAM team during the race
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The Velocio-SRAM riders on top step of the podium

The Velocio-SRAM riders on top step of the podium
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The exhuasted trio Alena Amialiusik, Trixi Worrack and Lisa Brennauer attempt to celebrate victory

The exhuasted trio Alena Amialiusik, Trixi Worrack and Lisa Brennauer attempt to celebrate victory
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Alena Amialiusik in a world of pain after the TTT victory

Alena Amialiusik in a world of pain after the TTT victory
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Yes! Four TTT titles for Trixi Worrack and Velocio-SRAM

Yes! Four TTT titles for Trixi Worrack and Velocio-SRAM
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Alena Amialiusik, Trixi Worrack and Lisa Brennauer hug post-win

Alena Amialiusik, Trixi Worrack and Lisa Brennauer hug post-win
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Alena Amialiusik, Trixi Worrack and Lisa Brennauer celebrate winning gold

Alena Amialiusik, Trixi Worrack and Lisa Brennauer celebrate winning gold
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A tag to mark this bike has been checked by the UCI

A tag to mark this bike has been checked by the UCI
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Velocio SRAM riders pose with their gold medals

Velocio SRAM riders pose with their gold medals
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Velocio-SRAM director sportif Ronny Lauke with the winners trophy

Velocio-SRAM director sportif Ronny Lauke with the winners trophy
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Ronny Lauke with the winners trophy and the Velocio-SRAM riders

Ronny Lauke with the winners trophy and the Velocio-SRAM riders
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Four time winners Velocio-SRAM

Four time winners Velocio-SRAM
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Another gold medal winning ride at the Worlds for Velocio-SRAM

Another gold medal winning ride at the Worlds for Velocio-SRAM
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The Velocio-SRAM riders hold each others hands aloft on the podium

The Velocio-SRAM riders hold each others hands aloft on the podium
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Mixed emotions for Boels Dolmans after finishing in second place

Mixed emotions for Boels Dolmans after finishing in second place
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Rabo Liv with its flower bouquets

Rabo Liv with its flower bouquets
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Wiggle-Honda

Wiggle-Honda
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Bronze medalists Rabo-Liv

Bronze medalists Rabo-Liv
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Rabo-Liv in the TTT

Rabo-Liv in the TTT
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UnitedHealthcare women

UnitedHealthcare women
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Velocio-SRAM en route to its fourth TTT title

Velocio-SRAM en route to its fourth TTT title
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Orica-AIS in action

Orica-AIS in action
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Velocio SRAM in action

Velocio SRAM in action
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Velocio SRAM

Velocio SRAM
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Velocio SRAM

Velocio SRAM
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Boels Dolmans

Boels Dolmans
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Hitec Products lost Charlotte Becker at the start

Hitec Products lost Charlotte Becker at the start
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Boels Dolmans had to race with five after Majerus punctured

Boels Dolmans had to race with five after Majerus punctured
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Evelyn Stevens leads Boels Dolmans

Evelyn Stevens leads Boels Dolmans
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Orica-AIS

Orica-AIS
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Velocio-SRAM

Velocio-SRAM
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BTC City Ljubljana

BTC City Ljubljana
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BTC City Ljubljana

BTC City Ljubljana
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BTC City Ljubljana

BTC City Ljubljana
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Twenty16-Sho Air setting the fastest early time

Twenty16-Sho Air setting the fastest early time
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Team Tibco-SVB

Team Tibco-SVB
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Team Tibco-SVB

Team Tibco-SVB
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Optum's women in the TTT

Optum's women in the TTT
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Optum were down a rider at the start after a crash in training

Optum were down a rider at the start after a crash in training
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Andrea Dvorak leads Twenty16-ShoAIr

Andrea Dvorak leads Twenty16-ShoAIr
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Rabo-Liv

Rabo-Liv

Velocio-SRAM won their fourth consecutive team time trial World Championship Sunday after coming back in the final kilometres to steal the victory from Boels Dolmans, who had led through the final check point.

The race was a two-way battle between the German-registered defending champions and Dutch Boels Dolmans team, with Velocio eventually grabbing the win by six seconds. Rabo Liv claimed the final podium spot with a time 56 seconds slower than the winners.

Velocio-SRAM led by 11 seconds at the first check, but their lead was down to the single digits at check two, and then they were behind Boels Dolmans by three seconds at the third check. But with five women to Boels Dolmans four, they were able to muscle through the final leg of the course and overtake their rivals.

"We expected a very tight race from the beginning on, and we knew we had to fight to the finish line," Velocio-SRAM's Lisa Brennauer told Cyclingnews. "There was no time where we could take a breath or relax. It was all in until the end. When we heard the last 3k that it would be such a close race, we gave it all in the finish. We're so happy with this victory."

The Boels Dolmans team was hampered by an early puncture to Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus, and had to ride most of the course with five riders, dropping to four in the final leg.

"I'm really proud of how my team raced today," Evelyn Stevens said of her Boels Dolmans teammates. "We had a puncture in the first 5k with Christine, so that was just bad luck. I think we could have gotten down because of that. But were were in contention for the whole race, I had teammates go so deep to fight to stay in. Six seconds is sad, but we're there. It's a matter of doing a few things differently."

Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk struggled to hold onto the back of the other three coming up the final climb, and the team had to slow somewhat for her. "Your fourth rider is your strongest, you have to pace it correctly," Stevens said. "She did so much early work because she can keep the speed where it's really fast where, for instance, I can't. I think it's hard - she was on the limit there but she rode amazing."

Bennauer said they had no idea that Boels had suffered a puncture. "That's of course very bad luck and I'm sad to hear this. It's nothing you wish even on your closest competitors."

How it happened

Twenty16-ShoAir were the early leaders with a time of 49:40, a mark that held until Boels crossed the line at 47:41. The team’s time on the hot seat was short-lived, however, as the defending champions rallied to make up seven seconds as the neared the finish line in downtown Richmond.

Starting last as defending champions, Velocio started out fast and looked to be well on their way to another title. At the first checkpoint they led Boels by 11 seconds, but their advantage slipped to just six as they went through checkpoint number two.

Boels poured on the power from there, catching and passing their three-minute team in Hitec Products and surging ahead of Velocio by three second at the third time check.

Velocio slipped another four seconds down over the final section of the race. Boels' effort in the middle of the race appeared to cost them at the finish, however, when Van Dijk struggled up the last-kilometre climb, forcing her team to slow and wait as she was their fourth rider.

Velocio clearly benefited, and with crossed the line together with a six-second advantage and another set of rainbow jerseys.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Velocio - SRAM0:47:35.70
Alena Amialiusik (Blr)
Lisa Brennauer (Ger)
Karol-Ann Canuel (Can)
Barbara Guarischi (Ita)
Mieke Kroeger (Ger)
Trixi Worrack (Ger)
2Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:47:42.40
Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr)
Chantal Blaak (Ned)
Christine Majerus (Lux)
Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol)
Evelyn Stevens (USA)
Ellen Van Dijk (Ned)
3Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:48:31.80
Lucinda Brand (Ned)
Thalita De Jong (Ned)
Shara Gillow (Aus)
Roxane Knetemann (Ned)
Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol)
Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned)
4Wiggle Honda0:48:45.90
Audrey Cordon (Fra)
Jolien D'hoore (Bel)
Annette Edmondson (Aus)
Emilia Fahlin (Swe)
Danielle King (GBr)
Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita)
5Twenty 16 p/b Sho-Air0:49:40.60
Allie Dragoo (USA)
Andrea Dvorak (USA)
Lauren Hall (USA)
Alison Jackson (Can)
Lauren Komanski (USA)
Leah Thomas (USA)
6Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:50:26.40
Laura Brown (Can)
Rushlee Buchanan (NZl)
Cari Higgins (USA)
Lauren Tamayo (USA)
Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl)
Ruth Winder (USA)
7Orica - AIS0:50:29.40
Gracie Elvin (Aus)
Katrin Garfoot (Aus)
Sarah Roy (Aus)
Amanda Spratt (Aus)
Macey Stewart (Aus)
Lizzie Williams (Aus)
8BTC City Ljubljana0:50:38.60
Polona Batagelj (Slo)
Eugenia Bujak (Pol)
Corinna Lechner (Ger)
Olena Pavlukhina (Aze)
Ursa Pintar (Slo)
Martina Ritter (Aut)
9Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:50:56.30
Amy Charity (USA)
Jasmin Glaesser (Can)
Maura Kinsella (USA)
Leah Kirchmann (Can)
Alison Tetrick (USA)
Brianna Walle (USA)
10Hitec Products0:51:07.40
Charlotte Becker (Ger)
Miriam Bjornsrud (Nor)
Tatiana Guderzo (Ita)
Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor)
Lauren Kitchen (Aus)
Emilie Moberg (Nor)
11Team Tibco - SVB0:51:34.80
Alizee Brien (Can)
Emily Collins (NZl)
Kathrin Hammes (Ger)
Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl)
Kendall Ryan (USA)
Lauren Stephens (USA)
12Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth0:52:58.80
Sarah Caravella (USA)
Lauren De Crescenzo (USA)
Julie Emmerman (USA)
Tina Mayolo Pic (USA)
Amy Phillips (USA)
Amber Pierce (USA)
13BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental0:54:13.70
Lindsay Bayer (USA)
Kathryn Bertine SKN19750511
Robin Farina (USA)
Breanne Nalder (USA)
Shoshauna Routley (Can)
Jessica Uebelhart (Swi)

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