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by Shane Stokes
September 14, 2017
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Vuelta a España winner Chris Froome has been officially confirmed for the world team time trial championships, joining five others in chasing gold this coming Sunday in Bergen, Norway. Froome completed a rare Tour de France/Vuelta a España double at the weekend and hopes to carry that form into the worlds event.
He will team up with Owain Doull, Gianni Moscon, Vasil Kiryienka, Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas for the contest.
“The plan is to go for the win,” said Team Sky directeur sportif Brett Lancaster, a former gold medallist in the team pursuit. “It’s a very strong line-up and, fresh off the Vuelta win, the guys are going to be really motivated. The course is very rolling and there’s a climb that finishes with around 10 or 12 kilometres to go. It’s quite steep and I think with the team we’re taking and the likes of Froomey, Moscon and Geraint, that suits us.”
The team’s medal record in the event is modest: since the TTT was changed to pro squads in 2012, the team took one medal. It secured bronze in 2013. Last season it was fourth, 17 seconds off bronze medallists Orica-BikeExchange.
“Last year we went in hoping to give the podium a crack but this year we’re definitely targeting the win. But it’s definitely not going to be easy,” said Lancaster. “There’s always stiff competition and it’s going to be close as a lot of teams are dialled in these days. It’s going to be really important to have everyone going really well on the day.”