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Belgian and U.S.-backed teams win world time trial crowns
September 22, 2013 / 5:28 PM / 4 years ago

Belgian and U.S.-backed teams win world time trial crowns

(Reuters) - Belgium’s Omega Pharma-Quickstep won a thrilling men’s team time trial while American outfit Specialized-Lululemon cruised to a comfortable victory in the women’s race on the opening day of the world road cycling championships in Italy on Sunday.

Omega Pharma-Quick Step team rider Sylvain Chavanel of France cycles past the Mont Saint-Michel during the 32 km individual time trial eleventh stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

The favourites in the men’s race, Sylvain Chavanel, Michal Kwiatkowski, Tony Martin, Niki Terpstra, Kristof Vandewalle and Peter Velits clocked one hour 4:16 over the 57.20-km course from Montecatini Terme to Florence.

It was just 0.81 of a second quicker than Australia’s Orican Greenedge (Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Daryl Impey, Brett Lancaster, Jens Mouris and Svein Tuft) with Britain’s Team SKY (Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Chris Froome, Vasil Kriyienka, Richie Porte, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Geraint Thomas) third, in 1.04.39.

Specialized-Lululemon retained the women’s crown in emphatic style.

Trixi Worrack, Eleonora Van Dijk, Evelyn Stevens, Carmen Small, Katie Colclough and Lisa Brennauer set a time of 51:10.59 for the 42.79-km course leading from Pistoia to Florence.

Rabobank (Marianne Vos, Ennemiek Van Vleuten, Roxane Knetemann, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Thalita De Jong, Lucinda Brand) finished second 1:11.09 back with the Australian team Orica - Ais (Amanda Spratt, Emma Johansson, Melissa Hoskins, Loes Gunnewijk, Shara Gillow, Annette Edmonson) third at 1:33.83.

“We knew the other teams were working hard, so we worked harder to win the title again,” said Stevens. “This is why we ended the race together: living and practicing together helped us a lot. This is a special way to end the season.”

Writing by Tom Bartlett in London; Editing by Rex Gowar

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