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Boels – Dolmans, currently the top-ranked team in the world, delivered a convincing win Friday in Sweden at the Crescent Vargarda team time trial. The Dutch team beat Cervelo – Bigla by 36 seconds on the 43km course, clocking a 49.8kph average. Rabo – Liv rounded out the podium in third, 1:16 behind.
“We have been working towards this since January,” said Boels director Denny Stam. “We know there are not many opportunities to train for the team time trial during the rest of the season, so it was a focus for our winter training camps.”
The six women who raced on the winning Boels team were world road race champion Lizzie Armitstead, Chantal Blaak, Karol-ann Canuel, Evelyn Stevens, Ellen van Dijk, and Katarzyna Pawlowska. “We wanted to be fast, and we wanted to do our own race,” said Blaak. “We knew were on a good ride when we hit the first check, and that gave us confidence. The second part of the course was harder, and that’s our strength.”
Cervelo – Bigla’s team manager, Thomas Campana, reflected on the result with optimism: “Unfortunately, we got the first starting spot of the day so we had to go all or nothing. It was important to put pressure at the first split with a good time and that worked well. … We want to be a leading TTT team and this is a good base to work on for next year.”
Racing continues Sunday in Sweden with a 141km road race around Vargarda.
1. Boels – Dolmans, 43km in 51:43.7 (avg. 49.8kph)
2. Cevelo Bigla Pro in 52:20.6
3. Rabo Liv in 52:59.7
4. Canyon SRAM in 53:24.8
5. Wiggle High5 in 53:28.5
6. BTC City in 54:18.4
7. Bepink in 54:23.3
8. Cylance Pro in 54:40.4
9. Team Liv-Plantur in 54:50.8
10. Parkhotel Valkenburg PHV in 55:05.0
11. Ale Cippolini in 55:12.9
12. Team BMS Birn in 55:51.5
13. Hitec Products in 56:47.0
14. Lensworld-Zannata-Etixx in 56:47.0
15. Norway in 58:00.8
16. Finland in 01:01.40,9