Canyon-SRAM put in a dominant second-half performance to beat favorites Sunweb and Boels-Dolmans
Canyon-SRAM took the victory from pre-race favorites Sunweb and Boels-Dolmans, putting in an extremely strong second half of the race, with all six riders still together at the finish. They posted a time of 1:01:46. Boels-Dolmans came second, and Sunweb third, 22 and 29 seconds behind respectively.
“We’ve trained really hard, and every day we were getting smoother on the course,” said Hannah Barnes of Canyon-SRAM. “We’ve all performed really well. We’re just really happy.”
The women’s race took place over a 54.5-kilometer route from Ötzal to Innsbruck. Aside from some small bumps in the profile, including a short climb at the very start, the course was largely downhill. Sunweb started the day defending champions, while Boels-Dolmans were also favorites, looking to regain the title they won in Doha in 2016. These two teams were last off the line, with Sunweb the final team to start.
Wiggle-High 5 posted a strong time in the early part of the race. At the 22.8km time check, they led Canyon-SRAM and Boels-Dolmans by a significant 11 and 19 seconds respectively.
However, in the second half, the British team struggled, losing two riders to make a quartet, with Canyon-SRAM pulling ahead with 10km to go. Wiggle-High5 also dropped behind Boels-Dolmans in the final kilometers.
Sunweb could not match the dominant second-half performance from Canyon-SRAM and were some 38 seconds down on them with 48km to go.
By the final kilometer, Boels-Dolmans had also dropped down to four riders but managed to hold off Sunweb, who were just seven seconds behind on entering the final kilometer.
“We did not win one single team time trial this year so it’s also a bit of a surprise but for the others more than for us, because we knew what we could do if we had the perfect day,” Trixi Worrack of Canyon-SRAM said of her team’s victory.