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UCI World Championships: Etixx beat BMC to win TTT title

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Etixx-QuickStep stayed tight and fast

Etixx-QuickStep stayed tight and fast (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giant-Alpecin finished seventh in the Worlds TTT

Giant-Alpecin finished seventh in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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LottoNL-Jumbo finished fifth in the Worlds TTT

LottoNL-Jumbo finished fifth in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Katusha finished 8th in the Worlds TTT

Katusha finished 8th in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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BMC finished second in the Worlds TTT behind Etixx-QuickStep

BMC finished second in the Worlds TTT behind Etixx-QuickStep (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Astana finished 9th in the Worlds TTT

Astana finished 9th in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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The sun sets on the 2016 Worlds TTT in Dohar, Qatar

The sun sets on the 2016 Worlds TTT in Dohar, Qatar (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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The Worlds TTT crossed the desert to get to the Pearl in Doha

The Worlds TTT crossed the desert to get to the Pearl in Doha (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Astana riders compete in the team time trial under the sun in Doha, Qatar

Astana riders compete in the team time trial under the sun in Doha, Qatar (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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The sun beats down on riders in the Worlds TTT in Doha Qatar

The sun beats down on riders in the Worlds TTT in Doha Qatar (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Etixx - QuickStep celebrate in the Worlds TTT podium

Etixx - QuickStep celebrate in the Worlds TTT podium (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Orica-BikeExchange en route to third i the Worlds TTT

Orica-BikeExchange en route to third i the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Orica-BikeExchange en route to third in the Worlds TTT

Orica-BikeExchange en route to third in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Movistar Team finished sixth in the Worlds TTT

Movistar Team finished sixth in the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Etixx - Quick Step en route to their third Worlds TTT victory

Etixx - Quick Step en route to their third Worlds TTT victory (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Niki Terpstra (Etixx - Quick Step) celebreates his team's TTT win

Niki Terpstra (Etixx - Quick Step) celebreates his team's TTT win (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Etixx - Quick Step en route to their third Worlds TTT victory

Etixx - Quick Step en route to their third Worlds TTT victory (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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The sun was ever present during the TTT in Qatar

The sun was ever present during the TTT in Qatar (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Gold medals for Etixx - QuickStep

Gold medals for Etixx - QuickStep (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Veranda's Willems Cycling Team

Veranda's Willems Cycling Team (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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AG2R La Mondiale on course

AG2R La Mondiale on course (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Skydive Dubai race in the desert during the Worlds TTT

Skydive Dubai race in the desert during the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Cycling Academy on course during the Worlds TTT

Cycling Academy on course during the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Koloss - BDC Team

Koloss - BDC Team (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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CCC Sprandi Polkowice

CCC Sprandi Polkowice (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Team Sky on course at the Worlds TTT

Team Sky on course at the Worlds TTT (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Etixx-QuickStep on the podium after winning the 2016 Worlds team time trial

Etixx-QuickStep on the podium after winning the 2016 Worlds team time trial
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Etixx-QuickStep on the podium after winning the 2016 Worlds team time trial

Etixx-QuickStep on the podium after winning the 2016 Worlds team time trial
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Etixx-QuickStep on the top step of the podium

Etixx-QuickStep on the top step of the podium
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Etixx-QuickStep won the world TTT title for a third time

Etixx-QuickStep won the world TTT title for a third time
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Etixx-QuickStep celebrate with coach Tom Steels

Etixx-QuickStep celebrate with coach Tom Steels
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The AG2R team at speed

The AG2R team at speed
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Teams crossed paths on the technical parts of the 40km course

Teams crossed paths on the technical parts of the 40km course
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The Katusha team

The Katusha team (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Sky fought for fourth place

Team Sky fought for fourth place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Movistar finished sixth without the power of Adriano Malori

Movistar finished sixth without the power of Adriano Malori (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC tried to limit their losses to Etixx in the desert

BMC tried to limit their losses to Etixx in the desert (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Etixx-QuickStep in action

Etixx-QuickStep in action (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Israel Cycling Academy finished twelfth

The Israel Cycling Academy finished twelfth (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Much of the field was filed by lesser known teams such as Kolss BDC

Much of the field was filed by lesser known teams such as Kolss BDC (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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CCC Sprandli

CCC Sprandli (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 15km desert section proved decisive

The 15km desert section proved decisive (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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AG2R-La Mondiale fought hard but finished 11th

AG2R-La Mondiale fought hard but finished 11th (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Katusha team finished eighth

The Katusha team finished eighth (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Orica-Bike Exchange took bronze

Orica-Bike Exchange took bronze (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lotto-NL-Jumbo

Lotto-NL-Jumbo (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Astana fought a cross wind in the desert

Astana fought a cross wind in the desert (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Astana team finished ninth

The Astana team finished ninth (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin did some massive turns for Etixx-QuickStep

Tony Martin did some massive turns for Etixx-QuickStep
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LottoNL-Jiumbo in the desert

LottoNL-Jiumbo in the desert (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Orica-Bike Exchange at speed

Orica-Bike Exchange at speed (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BMC gave it everything

BMC gave it everything (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky

Team Sky (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Orica-BikeExchange finished third in the World Championship TTT

Orica-BikeExchange finished third in the World Championship TTT
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Team sky in action

Team sky in action
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BMC fought hard but were bettered by Etixx-QuickStep

BMC fought hard but were bettered by Etixx-QuickStep
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The Etixx-QuickStep team power to victory in Doha

The Etixx-QuickStep team power to victory in Doha

Etixx-QuickStep claimed victory in the men's team time trial at the Road World Championships in Qatar, ousting defending champions BMC Racing, who finished in second with a perfectly drilled performance on the technical 40km course.

Etixx-QuickStep stopped the clock with a time of 42:32, covering the 40km course at an average speed of 56.426km/h. BMC started last as defending champions but struggled to match Etixx’s pace. They eventually finished 11 seconds slower in a time of 42:44. Orica-Bike Exchange was third at a more distant 37 seconds. Team Sky finished fourth at 54 seconds, with LottoNL-Jumbo taking fifth at 55 seconds.

After a protest by the WorldTour teams with the UCI about travel costs, only 10 squads from the 18 WorldTour teams competed. The rest of the rather short start list contained little-known teams from Europe and Asia. As a result, no WorldTour points were awarded.

The Etixx-QuickStep riders and staff celebrated as soon as BMC failed to beat their time, hugging each other in celebration. The Belgian team won the first two editions of the team time trial world title in 2012 and 2013 but their run of success ended with BMC winning in 2014 and 2015.

BMC was arguably the favourite again after winning the recent team time trial at the Eneco Tour, but Etixx added some extra speed and power to the squad this season with the arrival of former Junior time trial world champion Marcel Kittel. Also in the six-rider line-up were Bob Jungels, Yves Lampaert, Tony Martin, Niki Terpstra and Julien Vermote.

The lesser teams started off first in the 40km time trial, with each team taking it steady on the many corners around the Lusail shooting centre. The long, straight 15km section south to Doha proved to be vital, with some riders spinning a 58 chain ring to push their average speed above 60km/h. However the team time trial is also about control.

Movistar’s chances of a medal faded when they had to wait for Jonathan Castroviejo to change bikes. Other teams lost riders too early; with speed, rotation and recovery of six riders the key to success.

Etixx was fastest at the first time split, indicating they handled the early corners well. BMC was four seconds down but then pulled equal, with both teams on 27:56 after 27km. They both switched to a risky four-rider strategy for the many curves and corners on the Pearl, and it was Etixx who found the extra speed and unity to carve out their 11.69 second winning margin. Tony Martin and Marcel Kittel did huge turns to drag the team home so they could celebrate their first world title of the week.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Etixx - Quick Step0:42:32
Bob Jungels (Lux)
Marcel Kittel (Ger)
Yves Lampaert (Bel)
Tony Martin (Ger)
Niki Terpstra (Ned)
Julien Vermote (Bel)
2BMC Racing Team0:00:12
Rohan Dennis (Aus)
Stefan Kueng (Swi)
Daniel Oss (Ita)
Taylor Phinney (USA)
Manuel Quinziato (Ita)
Joseph Rosskopf (USA)
3Orica-BikeExchange0:00:37
Luke Durbridge (Aus)
Alexander Edmondson (Aus)
Michael Hepburn (Aus)
Daryl Impey (RSA)
Michael Matthews (Aus)
Svein Tuft (Can)
4Team Sky0:00:54
Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol)
Nicolas Roche (Irl)
Ben Swift (GBr)
Geraint Thomas (GBr)
Danny Van Poppel (Ned)
5Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:55
Victor Campenaerts (Bel)
Wilco Kelderman (Ned)
Tom Leezer (Ned)
Primoz Roglic (Slo)
Timo Roosen (Ned)
Jos Van Emden (Ned)
6Movistar Team0:01:11
Andrey Amador (CRc)
Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa)
Alex Dowsett (GBr)
Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa)
Nelson Oliveira (Por)
Jasha Suttrline (Spa)
7Team Giant - Alpecin0:01:26
Søren Kragh Andersen (Den)
John Degenkolb (Ger)
Tom Dumoulin (Ned)
Chad Haga (USA)
Georg Preidler (Aut)
Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned)
8Team Katusha0:02:01
Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor)
Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus)
Michael Morkov (Den)
Nils Politt (Ger)
Anton Vorobyev (Rus)
9Astana Pro Team0:02:21
Dario Cataldo (Ita)
Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
Tanel Kangert (Est)
Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz)
Gatis Smukulis (Lat)
10Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:03:39
Sander Cordeel (Bel)
Jan Ghyselinck (Bel)
Aidis Kruopis (Ltu)
Christophe Premont (Bel)
Elias Van Breussegem (Bel)
Stef Van Zummeren (Bel)
11Ag2R La Mondiale0:03:43
Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu)
Ben Gastauer (Lux)
Alexis Gougeard (Fra)
Patrick Gretsch (Ger)
Hugo Houle (Can)
Christophe Riblon (Fra)
12Cycling Academy Team0:04:25
Guillaume Boivin (Can)
Dan Craven (Nam)
Mihkel Raim (Est)
Guy Sagiv (Isr)
Daniel Turek (Cze)
Aviv Yechzkel (Irs)
13CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:04:26
Víctor De La Parte (Spa)
Felix Grosschartner (Aut)
Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul)
Lukasz Owsian (Pol)
Maciej Paterski (Pol)
Branislau Samoilau (Blr)
14Kolss-BDC Team0:05:04
Andrii Bratashchuk (Ukr)
Vitaliy Buts (Ukr)
Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr)
Andriy Kulyk (Ukr)
Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr)
Ndriy Vasylyuk (Ukr)
15Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club0:05:44
Soufiane Haddi (Mar)
Adil Jelloul (Mar)
Francisco Mancebo (Esp)
Tariq Obaid (UAE)
Andrea Palini (Ita)
Marlen Zmorka (Ukr)
16Vino 4-Ever SKO0:06:31
Stepan Astafyev (Kaz)
Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz)
Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz)
Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz)
Alexey Voloshin (Kaz)
Oleg Zemlyakov (Kaz)
17Stradalli - Bike Aid0:07:24
Joschka Beck (Ger)
Daniel Bichlmann (Ger)
Patrick Lechner (Ger)
Dominik Merseburg (Ger)
Timo Schafer (Ger)
Meron Teshome Hagos (Ger)

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