Medals for Alex Dowsett and Lizzie Armitstead in World Team Time Trial Championships in the USA
News: World TTT Championships
Mens Championship – BMC Racing Team Defend World Championship Title
| Team Press Release
Richmond, Virginia – The BMC Racing Team led through every time check Sunday on the way to capturing its second straight UCI world team time trial championship.
Powering its BMC timemachine TM01s through the streets of Richmond, Virginia, the BMC Racing Team averaged 54.969 kilometers an hour to best Etixx-Quick Step by 11.35 seconds. Movistar Team finished third, 30.11 seconds off the winning time of 42:07.97.
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Members of the winning team were Rohan Dennis, Silvan Dillier, Stefan Küng, Daniel Oss, Taylor Phinney, Manuel Quinziato. Phinney, who only recently returned to racing after being sidelined by a major injury for 62 weeks, called it “a nearly perfect” performance.
“Everybody was really impressive today, but Rohan Dennis absolutely carried us,” Phinney said. “He is kind of on another level. But it was great that all six of us stayed together until close to the end. I tried to be conservative in the beginning and then give it some gas toward the finish. But that is always easier said than done.”
Dennis, Dillier, Oss and Quinziato won their second gold medals after being part of last year’s team. Peter Velits, who was part of the winning team time trial squad in 2012, 2013 and 2014, was the team’s first alternate. “Peter would easily fit into anybody else’s team and he was gracious enough to come here knowing he would be the reserve,” Phinney said. “He was really helpful for us as a road captain in training.”
Dennis, winner of the opening time trial at this year’s Tour de France and a past holder of the world hour record, said the victory was even better than last year. “Last year when we won, it was a bit of a surprise to a lot of people,” Dennis said. “To win again really puts our mark on the team time trial on a world level. It is pretty big for BMC.”
In addition to winning on Sunday, the BMC Racing Team also captured team time trials at the Vuelta a España, the Tour de France and the Critérium du Dauphiné this year.
BMC Racing Team Trainer Marco Pinotti said he was initially worried the squad started too fast. At the first time check at 10 km, the BMC Racing Team led Etixx-Quick Step by nearly four seconds, ORICA-GreenEDGE by nearly five and Movistar Team by almost nine. “It was fast and I did not expect to be that much in front of the other teams,” Pinotti said.
“The hardest part was the last part, with a headwind and a slight uphill. The guys kept riding hard and lost a bit. But the other teams were losing even more time. I was sure it was going to be close. When it is close, it is not only about the skill and form, it is about mental strength. The guys kept their focus and this a big achievement.”
Bronze for Dowsett
For Britain, Alex Dowsett (British TT Champion) there was a bronze medal for him and his Movistar teammates. On twitter Alex said “Well that went well. Pretty special sharing the worlds podium with my @Movistar_Team mates”.
Silver for Quickstep (team press release)
Etixx – Quick-Step placed 2nd in the 38.8km UCI World Team Time Trial Championship on Sunday in Richmond (USA), 11.35″ down on winner BMC Racing Team (42:07.97).
BMC Racing Team passed through all three checkpoints fastest, but by the third time check their advantage was down to about five seconds. BMC Racing Team averaged 55.275km/h, while Etixx – Quick-Step averaged 55.014 kilometers per hour. Movistar, who earned Bronze in the event, crossed the finish 30.11″ down.
Photo: Etixx-Quickstep/Tim DeWaele
“I’m very happy with the performance of the team and my own performance,” Tony Martin, three-time UCI World ITT Champion, said. “We started well, we found a good rhythm, which was in my opinion not too fast and not too slow. We were balanced as a team, with no super strong or weak riders. It was smooth, as it should be in a team time trial”.
“I was a bit surprised about the early split time compared to BMC Racing Team. So, for sure, the morale was a bit affected early on. But then as we went along the parcours, we were gaining seconds back. I think that gave us a small push. We were really fighting, and we had a really strong performance all the way through the finish line. So, I am satisfied about the overall performance.”
“This was also one of my big objectives of the season, and my performance gives me confidence ahead of the UCI World TT Championship on Wednesday. It’s hard to analyze myself, but as my teammates said, they were suffering a little bit when I was in front (laughs). So, I’m sorry for that. But it means I am in a good way, it gives me a good feeling for my next objective. I will go for it. I am disappointed for the team in that we didn’t win, but we did our best, and my own performance boosted my morale before Wednesday. We will see what can happen in a few days. ”
“I’m really happy about the performance of the team here in Richmond,” Michal Kwiatkowski, defending UCI World Road Champion, said. “We did the best we could. The team was really motivated. I did my best, as did everyone. Yves, Rigo, Tom, Tony, Niki, we all worked really well together on this parcours. We tried to go for the victory, but BMC Racing Team was the strongest today. Congratulations to them. As for me, I had great sensations today. I did even better than I expected. I think we all really performed at our highest level possible. The fastest team won today. That’s sport.”
1 BMC Racing Team 42:07.97
2 Etixx – Quick Step +11.35
3 Movistar Team +30.11
(inc Alex Dowsett)
4 Orica Greenedge +53.73
5 Team Giant – Alpecin +1:03.69
6 Team Lotto Nl – Jumbo +1:17.03
7 Lotto Soudal +1:26.47
8 Astana Pro Team +1:37.13
9 Team Sky +1:41.17
(inc. Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe,
10 Trek Factory Racing +1:46.60
11 Fdj +1:48.42
12 Team Cannondale – Garmin +1:49.80
13 Iam Cycling +1:57.67
14 Ag2r La Mondiale +2:03.73
15 Lampre – Merida +2:07.61
16 Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise +2:19.32
17 Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies +2:23.90
18 Team Katusha +2:33.13
19 Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team +2:56.19
20 Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis +3:41.63
21 Hincapie Racing Team +3:43.58
22 Jamis – Hagens Berman +4:37.17
23 Vino 4-Ever +4:43.84
24 Champion System – Stan’s Notubes +5:14.51
25 Lupus Racing Team +5:18.72
26 Astellas Cycling Team +5:58.54
27 Tinkoff – Saxo +8:11.44
Women Elite TTT
Velocio-SRAM Press Release
Matera, Italy, 20 September 2015 – Velocio-SRAM won their fourth consecutive team time trial World Championship today in Richmond, USA. The team crossed the line in a time of 47:35 to beat Boels Dolman by 6 seconds and RaboLiv by 56 seconds.
Velocio-SRAM had the fastest time at the first two intermediate time checks, narrowly ahead of Boels Dolman. It became clear it would be between these two teams for the first gold medal on offer at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships. At the third and final intermediate time check, the Dutch team had turned the tables on Velocio-SRAM to lead by just over three seconds. In an amazing team effort, and calculated tactics by Sports Director Ronny Lauke, Velocio-SRAM was able to regain the lead on the final climb to take victory in downtown Richmond.
German rider Trixi Worrack has been part of every winning team time trial World Championship team since the discipline has returned to the World Championships four years ago in 2012. Matching her feat is Ronny Lauke who has been the Sports Director of the winning team for the last four years. Lauke said “The girls were very impressive today. They rode incredible.”
Defending individual time trial World Champion and now three-time team time trial World Champion Lisa Brennauer said “I’m so excited that we could win this race. We knew our opponents were getting stronger and stronger each year. You saw in Sweden World Cup when we lost and the results were so close. We knew we would have to fight to the finish to win here in Richmond. Our Sports Director Ronny Lauke was giving us the intermediate times throughout the race. In the last 3 kilometres he just kept saying that we have to fight and we have to give everything and that we can win this. My teammates and I are very happy.”
The winning team was Trixi Worrack, Barbara Guarischi, Mieke Kröger, Karol-Ann Canuel, Alena Amialiusik and Barbara Guarischi.
For Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead, there was a silver medal with the British Women’s RR Champion saying afterwards “Thanks to @iamspecialized for giving us the the best opportunity to go fast,almost but no cigar!A proud silver in the worlds”.
1 Velocio – Sram 47:35.72
2 Boels Dolmans Cycling Team +6.66
(inc. Lizzie Armitstead)
3 Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team +56.12
4 Wiggle Honda +1:10.15
(Inc Dani King)
5 Twenty 16 P/B Sho-Air +2:04.88
6 Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team +2:50.66
7 Orica – Ais +2:53.71
8 Btc City Ljubljana +3:02.93
9 Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies +3:20.61
10 Hitec Products +3:31.69
11 Team Tibco – Svb +3:59.10
12 Pepper Palace Pro Cycling P/B The Happy Tooth +5:23.07
13 Bmw P/B Happy Tooth Dental +6:38.02