World Championships: Canyon-SRAM win women's team time trial

Canyon-SRAM won the first title of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck with victory in the women’s team time trial. Alena Amialiusik, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Elena Cecchini, Lisa Klein and Trixi Worrack completed the 54.7km course in a blazing time of 1:01:47, beating Boels Dolmans into second place by 22 seconds.

The German team, bedecked with multicolour disc wheels, put in the best-paced effort of the day. They came through the 22.8km checkpoint as the closest challenger to the fast-starting Wiggle High5, and they later held onto their full complement of six riders all the way to finish where other rivals struggled to do so.

2017 champions Team Sunweb completed the final podium, finishing third just seven seconds behind Boels Dolmans after a late charge to the line. Wiggle High5, who had surprisingly set the fastest time at the 22.8km checkpoint, were down to four riders soon afterwards and faded to fourth at the finish, 57 seconds down.

The victory is the fifth time the Canyon-SRAM team has won the event, albeit with different sponsors in the past – as Specialized-Lululemon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and as Velocio-SRAM in 2015. Trixi Worrack was part of all of those teams, making it five TTT golds for her.

“For sure it’s really nice,” Worrack said after the finish. “We didn’t win one TTT this year so it was a bit of a surprise, but I think only for the others, because we knew what we could do if we had the perfect day – we could finish on the podium or even on top.

“It was pretty difficult because it was a long course and we’ve never done a 55km course so we had to time it really well and not over-pace, but it was perfect.”

“We’ve trained really hard for this,” Hannah Barnes added. “We put everything into it – every day we were getting smoother and better on the course. We’re just really happy.”

How it happened

The 55km course ran from the Area 47 waterpark in Ötztal to Innsbruck. It was a largely downhill course, saw for a few lumps along the way, contributing to the fast times on the day – Canyon-SRAM completed the race at a speed of 53.8kph.

Italian team BePink kicked off proceedings of the final Worlds TTT to include trade teams. It was the second team off, Team Virtu, who set the early running though, coming through the checkpoint with a time of 26:22 and becoming the only team of the first half to go under 1:04:00.

Wiggle High5 flew through the early kilometres, blitzing through the checkpoint 48 seconds faster than anyone else to that point. Canyon and Boels came close, and vitally held on to their six riders as Katie Archibald and Emilia Fahlin both dropped away from the Wiggle train shortly after the checkpoint.

Team Sunweb were curiously off the pace, just fifth at the checkpoint, 36 seconds behind Wiggle. The German team would put on a late charge but couldn’t get close to Canyon’s winning time. Meanwhile Mitchelton-Scott, who were fourth at the checkpoint, faded in the second half, finishing 1:30 down on the gold medallists.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Canyon-SRAM Racing1:01:47
Row 1 - Cell 0 Hannah Barnes (GBr)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Elena Cecchini (Ita)Row 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Alice Barnes (GBr)Row 3 - Cell 2
Row 4 - Cell 0 Trixi Worrack (Ger)Row 4 - Cell 2
Row 5 - Cell 0 Lisa Klein (Ger)Row 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Alena Amialiusik (Blr)Row 6 - Cell 2
2Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1:02:09
Row 8 - Cell 0 Christine Majerus (Lux)Row 8 - Cell 2
Row 9 - Cell 0 Amalie Dideriksen (Den)Row 9 - Cell 2
Row 10 - Cell 0 Amy Pieters (Ned)Row 10 - Cell 2
Row 11 - Cell 0 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can)Row 11 - Cell 2
Row 12 - Cell 0 Anna van der Breggen (Ned)Row 12 - Cell 2
Row 13 - Cell 0 Chantal Blaak (Ned)Row 13 - Cell 2
3Team Sunweb Women1:02:15
Row 15 - Cell 0 Liane Lippert (Ger)Row 15 - Cell 2
Row 16 - Cell 0 Pernille Mathiesen (Den)Row 16 - Cell 2
Row 17 - Cell 0 Coryn Rivera (USA)Row 17 - Cell 2
Row 18 - Cell 0 Ellen van Dijk (Ned)Row 18 - Cell 2
Row 19 - Cell 0 Lucinda Brand (Ned)Row 19 - Cell 2
Row 20 - Cell 0 Leah Kirchmann (Can)Row 20 - Cell 2
4Wiggle High51:02:44
Row 22 - Cell 0 Emilia Fahlin (Swe)Row 22 - Cell 2
Row 23 - Cell 0 Kirsten Wild (Ned)Row 23 - Cell 2
Row 24 - Cell 0 Annette Edmondson (Aus)Row 24 - Cell 2
Row 25 - Cell 0 Lisa Brennauer (Ger)Row 25 - Cell 2
Row 26 - Cell 0 Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra)Row 26 - Cell 2
DNFKatie Archibald (GBr)Row 27 - Cell 2
5Mitchelton Scott1:03:16
Row 29 - Cell 0 Jessica Allen (Aus)Row 29 - Cell 2
Row 30 - Cell 0 Lucy Kennedy (Aus)Row 30 - Cell 2
Row 31 - Cell 0 Sarah Roy (Aus)Row 31 - Cell 2
Row 32 - Cell 0 Gracie Elvin (Aus)Row 32 - Cell 2
Row 33 - Cell 0 Jolien D'Hoore (Bel)Row 33 - Cell 2
Row 34 - Cell 0 Georgia Williams (NZl)Row 34 - Cell 2
6Team Virtu Cycling1:03:53
Row 36 - Cell 0 Barbara Guarischi (Ita)Row 36 - Cell 2
Row 37 - Cell 0 Doris Schweizer (Swi)Row 37 - Cell 2
Row 38 - Cell 0 Mieke Kröger (Ger)Row 38 - Cell 2
Row 39 - Cell 0 Sara Penton (Swe)Row 39 - Cell 2
Row 40 - Cell 0 Trine Schmidt (Den)Row 40 - Cell 2
Row 41 - Cell 0 Louise Norman Hansen (Den)Row 41 - Cell 2
7BTC City Ljubljana1:04:55
Row 43 - Cell 0 Hanna Nilsson (Swe)Row 43 - Cell 2
Row 44 - Cell 0 Polona Batagelj (Slo)Row 44 - Cell 2
Row 45 - Cell 0 Eugenia Bujak (Slo)Row 45 - Cell 2
Row 46 - Cell 0 Maaike Boogaard (Ned)Row 46 - Cell 2
Row 47 - Cell 0 Corinna Lechner (Ger)Row 47 - Cell 2
Row 48 - Cell 0 Anastasiia Iakovenko (Rus)Row 48 - Cell 2
8Valcar PBM1:05:21
Row 50 - Cell 0 Alessia Vigilia (Ita)Row 50 - Cell 2
Row 51 - Cell 0 Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita)Row 51 - Cell 2
Row 52 - Cell 0 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita)Row 52 - Cell 2
Row 53 - Cell 0 Elisa Balsamo (Ita)Row 53 - Cell 2
Row 54 - Cell 0 Chiara Consonni (Ita)Row 54 - Cell 2
Row 55 - Cell 0 Marta Cavalli (Ita)Row 55 - Cell 2
9BePink1:05:22
Row 57 - Cell 0 Lisa Morzenti (Ita)Row 57 - Cell 2
Row 58 - Cell 0 Tereza Medvedova (Svk)Row 58 - Cell 2
Row 59 - Cell 0 Nicole Steigenga (Ned)Row 59 - Cell 2
Row 60 - Cell 0 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita)Row 60 - Cell 2
Row 61 - Cell 0 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita)Row 61 - Cell 2
Row 62 - Cell 0 Francesca Pattaro (Ita)Row 62 - Cell 2
10Ale Cipollini1:05:40
Row 64 - Cell 0 Soraya Paladin (Ita)Row 64 - Cell 2
Row 65 - Cell 0 Chloe Hosking (Aus)Row 65 - Cell 2
Row 66 - Cell 0 Anna Trevisi (Ita)Row 66 - Cell 2
Row 67 - Cell 0 Daiva Ragazinskiene (Ltu)Row 67 - Cell 2
Row 68 - Cell 0 Roxane Knetemann (Ned)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFKarlijn Swinkels (Ned)Row 69 - Cell 2
11Cogeas - Mettler Pro Cycling Team1:05:43
Row 71 - Cell 0 Antri Christoforou (Cyp)Row 71 - Cell 2
Row 72 - Cell 0 Evgenia Augustinas (Rus)Row 72 - Cell 2
Row 73 - Cell 0 Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus)Row 73 - Cell 2
Row 74 - Cell 0 Elizaveta Oshurkova (Rus)Row 74 - Cell 2
Row 75 - Cell 0 Edwige Pitel (Fra)Row 75 - Cell 2
Row 76 - Cell 0 Gulnaz Badykova (Rus)Row 76 - Cell 2
12Parkhotel Valkenburg1:05:57
Row 78 - Cell 0 Ilona Hoeksma (Ned)Row 78 - Cell 2
Row 79 - Cell 0 Marit Raaijmakers (Ned)Row 79 - Cell 2
Row 80 - Cell 0 Lorena Wiebes (Ned)Row 80 - Cell 2
Row 81 - Cell 0 Nina Buijsman (Ned)Row 81 - Cell 2
Row 82 - Cell 0 Esther Van Veen (Ned)Row 82 - Cell 2
Row 83 - Cell 0 Natalie Van Gogh (Ned)Row 83 - Cell 2

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