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by Matt de Neef
September 18, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Sunweb wins women’s team time trial world title; Sunweb wins men’s team time trial world title; Mads Pedersen secures overall victory at the Tour of Denmark; Liam Bertazzo wins the Tour of China I, Joe Cooper second; Peter Sagan falls ill in world championships lead-up; Cookson, Lappartient continue campaigning ahead of UCI presidential election; Greg Henderson joins USA Cycling as endurance performance director; Manuel Quinziato on retirement and what comes next; Cobblestones to feature in 2018 Tour de France stage?
The Sunweb men, too, pulled off something of an upset in Bergen over the weekend, winning the team time trial world title ahead of their more fancied rivals.
Led by TT specialist and Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin, Sunweb completed the 42.5km course in 47:50 (53.3km/h), enough to finish eight seconds clear of BMC and 22 seconds clear of the Chris Froome-led Team Sky.
“I expected we’d fight for the podium because we had a strong team for this course but to get away with the win is crazy,” Dumoulin said. “It wasn’t a surprise that we did well because it felt strong and it felt fast. We didn’t overcomplicate things today. We raced hard and trusted that we’d go fast without overthinking it.
“We did it on feeling and apparently that worked.”