Team take third at TTT worlds

17 Sep 2017

Team take third at TTT worlds

Team Sky dug deep to claim third place in the World Championship team time trial in Norway.

Setting a time of 48 minutes and 12 seconds across the rolling 42.5-kilometre course in Bergen, the team crossed the line with four riders to secure a place on the podium. Third equalled Team Sky’s previous best result in the event from Florence 2013.
Chris Froome, Vasil Kiryienka, Michal Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon came in as a quartet after Owain Doull and Geraint Thomas dropped off earlier around the course after putting in hard efforts.
Fastest through the opening split, the team were never outside the top three on the time checks but were forced to battle on with just four riders following the main climb of the day.
Team Sunweb claimed victory on the day, coming home 22 seconds up on Team Sky. BMC Racing looked like they were preparing a late run at gold but eventually had to settle for second, eight seconds off the win.

Sport Director Brett Lancaster spoke to after the race.

“Like we said from the start it was never going to be easy. Teams have always stepped up a lot in this event,” said the Australian.
“The guys did their best effort and at the first split they were up by a second. We waited a bit on the climb as we knew ideally we needed five guys for the end, but the guys did a super job to bring it home. 
“Third is a bit of a consolation prize. Sunweb are a really well-drilled team and hat’s off to BMC who were great. It’s the first time Quick-Step have been out of the medals since the race began so it just shows how every team has stepped up.” 

Race result:

1. Team Sunweb 47:50
2. BMC Racing +8”
3. Team Sky +22”
4. Quick-Step Floors +35”
5. Orica-Scott +1:03”