UCI Women Road World Cup: Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team show strength in depth at team time trial
The Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team rode to victory in the team time trial in Vargarda’s round 8 of the UCI Women Road World Cup this afternoon. The Dutch team beat the three-time defending champions Velocio SRAM into second place by 26 seconds with Boels Dolmans Cycling Team in third at 3 seconds behind.
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) maintains her overall lead in the UCI Women Road World Cup thanks to a strong ride from her Boels Dolmans squad this afternoon. Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) moves up to second position ahead of Eliza Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda).
The best young rider jersey remains in the hands of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team).
The weather conditions were ideal at the start of the 42.5-km team time trial’s this afternoon, downtown Vargarda. Bright blue skies and moderate winds, made this unique event in the women’s calendarperhaps a little friendlier to tackle.
Team Finland were the first team down the start ramp, at 5:30PM local time, while the Rabo Live Women Cycling Team were the final starters. The teams set out at three-minute intervals in the reverse order of their position in the team classification in the UCI Women Road World Cup.
Velocio SRAM, put an excellent time early on, albeit only 1-second faster than Rabo Liv Women Cycling team and Boels Dolmans Cycling Team, both checking at 18m46s. The American team sat on the hot seat until Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team blasted their way to past the 34-km second intermediate check point, 17 seconds faster.
10 seconds slower than the Rabo Liv squad at the 34-km intermediate time, Boels Dolmans Women’s Cycling Team, riding for Lizzie Armitstead, really had put the hammer down, and with only five women left, came in 3 seconds behind Velocio SRAM at the finish. But they knew that a very strong and determined Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team was getting faster.
Indeed, there was no slowing the Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team down, driven from the front by reigning Australian Individual Time Trial Champion Shara Gillow. They had Anna van der Breggen, then third in the UCI Women Road World Cup standings and Katarzyna Niewiadoma, best young rider to think about.
Today, the Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team reaffirmed their place as the strongest team in the women’s peloton with winning time of 52m51sec. This win also means Anna van van der Breggen moves up one spot closer to Lizzie Armitstead in the UCI Road Women World ranking and Katarzyna Niewiadoma also increasing her lead in the Youth classification.
Sunday will be test number two of the weekend, round 9’s 133.5-km road race. With Anna van Der Breggen stronger than ever, will she made a bold move to overtake Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) as number one or will Eliza Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) fight back to regain her lost position. Watch the race live on our website next sunday at 9.30am CET.
For more information on the Crescent Women World Cup of Vargarda, visit the official website at: www.worldcupvargarda.se/
For UCI Women Road World Cup standings, visit http://www.uci.ch/