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by Shane Stokes
September 22, 2017
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Team Sunweb won the 2017 world road championship team time trial.
One of the first decisions announced after the election of new UCI President David Lappartient was the scrapping of the team time trial at the world road championships. The event became part of the races in 2012, but will vanish from the worlds from 2020 onwards.
Declining interest from the professional teams is the reason, with the number of squads dropping off in recent years. High costs and minimal compensation from the UCI saw just 17 men’s and eight women’s teams participate at last year’s worlds in Doha, while this year only 11 WorldTour teams lined out amongst the 17 men’s squads.
This occurred despite an increase of the money paid by the UCI to the teams to cover their costs. In August Het Nieuwsblad reported that teams were to be offered 8,500 euro each this year. However it said that the logistical expense is four to five times greater than this and, as a result, a large number of WorldTour teams had decided not to take part.
One week later Telesport reported that the UCI had increased the start money to something comparable to the WorldTour races, and that the planned boycott would no longer take place. However, while the TTT will continue at the worlds in Innsbruck 2018 and Yorkshire 2019, it appears that will be the end of the event.