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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?
Team Sunweb has pulled off an upset to win the women’s team time trial at the Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway.
All eyes were on Boels-Dolmans to defend their team time trial title after the Dutch squad were dominant in the discipline all year. But the white-and-black squad of TT specialist Ellen van Dijk managed a surprise victory, completing the 42.5km course in 55:41 (45.8km/h). Boels-Dolmans finished second, 12 seconds down and Cervelo-Bigla rounded out the podium, 28 seconds down on Sunweb.
“We were happy anyway [with a podium spot], but this is incredible. We really didn’t expect this,” said Ellen van Dijk, a now four-time team time trial world champion. “It was really, really tough and it was important to not overdo the climb and blow up the whole team … we used each other’s strengths and kept it really smooth.
“The previous wins were special, too, but we were favourites. When you do it like this, as an underdog team, it’s incredible.”
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