Velocio-SRAM secured first place in yesterday’s team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.
Over a distance of 38.6km, the course saw blustery winds, a sharp left turn and a starting gap of three minutes between each team which made for an exciting, fast-paced display of women’s pro road cycling.
Velocio-SRAM came in with a blistering 47:35, followed closely by Lizzie Armitstead’s team, Boels Dolman who blizted the course in at 47:41. Rabo Liv took the third position on the podium seconds after.
Velocio-SRAM is no stranger to winning the TTT and this will be it’s third consecutive win (including under it’s former name as Specialized-Lululemon). Team member Lisa Brennauer said:
“I’m so excited that we could win this race…We knew our opponents were getting stronger and stronger. We knew we had to fight to the finish to win this race.”
Top 10 in the women’s TTT
2. Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
3. Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
4. Wiggle Honda
5. Twenty 16-Sho-Air
6. UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
8. BTC City Ljubljana
9. Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
10. Hitec Products
What’s to come this week at the UCI World Road Championships
We’ve got an exciting week of road racing ahead of us. Here are a few highlights to watch out for.
Elite Women’s Time Trial
This is taking place on Tuesday 22nd September and the women are racing over a pretty flat, but technical, 15km circuit. There’s only 95 metres of elevation over the course, but there are some sharp turns.
The reigning champion of this title is Lisa Brennauer (Germany) but we will have our eyes on Hayley Simmonds who claimed the national time trial title earlier this year.
Hayley has had an incredible journey to pro-racing and spoke to us about how she dropped 45kg to become a time trial super-star. We will be rooting for her at the individual elite women’s time trial.
Elite Women’s Road Race
Saturday 26th September sees the white knuckle ride that is the women’s road race. The women will circle a 16.2km course, eight times. The course, which features cobbles, and short power-up-it climbs which will favour a Classics sort of rider.
We are sure that last year’s winner, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) who is also the Cyclocross and Downhill MTB World Champ, will be looking to hold onto that title, but there is some strong British interest that could change that outcome.
The British team will be fronted by Lizzie Armitstead, who recently claimed the UCI World Cup. She has promising support, from Lucy Garner, Alice Barnes, Molly Weaver, Jessie Walker and Hayley Simmonds.