A podium finish for Mitchelton-SCOTT women in the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta TTT stageSat 15 Sep 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women navigated around the streets of Boadilla del Monte Madrid today, finishing the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta stage one team time trial stage with a time of 18minutes 26seconds, good enough for third place.
The technical 12.6km event saw the current world champions Team Sunweb come out on top taking the victory in the new two-stage format of the event.
The race against the clock was the perfect opportunity for teams to test themselves in the TTT discipline with just one week to go until the world championship event. The short distance of just 12.6km featured a lot of tight corners before some lumps along the route, finishing with a slight uphill drag to the finish on a pave road.
With 19 teams on the start list, Cogeas-Mettler were one of the early teams to set a bench mark with a time of 18minutes 50seconds, which proved to be the time to beat as Mitchelton-SCOTT rolled down the ramp as the final team to start.
The six-rider Mitchelton-SCOTT team worked well pacing themselves through the punchy course finishing with four riders but with Wiggle-High5 and Team Sunweb completing the distance with faster times to take the top two podium spots.
The team takes confidence from the event which was much shorter than their world championship goal coming in one weeks time.
Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta TTT stage results:
1. Team Sunweb 17:40
2. Wiggle-High5 17:58
3. Mitchelton-SCOTT 16:26
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