Mitchelton-SCOTT storm to second place at the Ladies Tour of Norway team time trialThu 16 Aug 2018
This evening in Norway Mitchelton-SCOTT women had another opportunity to compete in a team time trial event as they blasted around the 24km Ladies Tour of Norway stopping the clock with the second fastest time behind the world champions Team Sunweb.
The stand alone TTT event comes one-day before the three-day Norwegian tour and provided the riders with another great chance to line-up against each other in their preparation for the world championship TTT next month in Innsbruck.
With some wind on the course and an uphlll run-in to the finish it wasn't an easy TTT but just 24km in length, the shorter distance saw a different result compared to last weekend's WorldTour event in Vargarda.
It was team Movistar who set the fastest time early on with 32minutes and 15seconds but as race favourites began to complete the distance the fastest time quickly began to change.
As one of the last starters, Mitchelton-SCOTT passed through the first and second intermediate time check in second position with Team Sunweb leading the way 20seconds faster.
Team Sunweb completed the distance as the only team to dip under 30minutes with a winning time of 29minutes 53seconds, which was 37seconds faster than second placed Mitchelton-SCOTT.
A suprising ride was from Boels-Dolmans who won the TTT event in Vargarda just five days ago but finished outside the podium tonight in Norway.
Another promising ride
After turning their attention to the team time trial event for the 2018 world championships, Mitchelton-SCOTT women came close to victory on the opening stage of the Giro-Rosa, just one second behind the winners.
With confidence from their performance in Italy and today with world champion Annemiek van Vleuten back in the team line-up, the squad were able to beat many well drilled teams into second place, which is a promising sign for the squad in a TTT that is much shorter than the coming world championships.
Tomorrow the riders turn their attention to the three-day tour which kicks off with a 127km road race.
"We are happy with second place tonight behind Sunweb. Today we wanted to challenge our pacing a bit and I think we did that well. It was hard from that start and we heard that we lost 20seconds to Sunweb after the first time check. From that point until the finish we only lost 17 seconds so it also gives us some good points to work on with our pacing moving forwards. Full credit to Team Sunweb, they had a very strong ride today.
"It’s less than six weeks until the world championships so today shows the team that we are on track. There will be some changes in the team line-up between now and then but I think it’s great that we have so many girls in the team becoming so strong in this discipline. It’s such a hard event but at the same time it feels so special to suffer together with your teammates and then stand together on the podium afterwards.
"The course was quite tough, the first six kilometres were into a headwind and once we turned it was still quite undulating before we had a solid downhill into the town. The final climb up to the fortress hurt like crazy but you knew you just had to suffer as much as possible to reach the finish.
"It felt great to be back racing today with the team. I definitely felt like I was missing some race intensity so my form was to be expected given my build up but I still felt that I could contribute well to the team effort. Everyone today gave everything they could and you could really feel that and it showed in the final result. Now I’m really looking forward to starting the tour tomorrow and supporting our leaders."
Ladies Tour of Norway TTT results:
1. Team Sunweb 29:53
2. Mitchelton-SCOTT +0:37
3. Cervelo Bigla +1:08
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