Posted by Editoress on 07/30/11
The HTC-Highroad women's team stormed to an impressive, collective victory in Friday's forty-two and a half kilometre team time trial World Cup race in Vargarda, Sweden.
"We've been close several times here, three times second in previous years, and this time we finally got the win so we're very pleased," said HTC-Highroad team manager Ronny Lauke, "The whole team did a great job, they were amazing. We were already thirty-five seconds ahead of the rest of the field at the first checkpoint so that was really motivating because that was where we'd lost time last year."
"But we kept our feet on the ground and concentrated on keeping ahead of the field and I think we finally finished about ninety seconds ahead of the next squad."
"Everything worked out fine today day, no incidents of any kind, but there's been a lot of hard work behind the scenes too."
"[Time trial coach] Lars Teutenberg did a lot of work with the riders; we'd done team time trial practice at a training camp. And as individuals they are all very strong time triallists. It all adds up."
With another World Cup in Vargarda on Sunday, Lauke says that although they are looking for a good result there, "the big goal of the weekend was the team time trial."
"We've won that, so we can be a little bit more relaxed, but who knows? After what I've seen today and the way the riders performed, another victory here in Sweden certainly isn't out of the question."
HTC-Highroad press release
|1 HTC Highroad Women (Judith Arndt/Charlotte Becker/Amber Neben/Eleonora Van Dijk)||53:02.9|
|2 AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team (Lucinda Brand/Linda Melanie Villumsen/Kirsten Wild/Trixi Worrack)||54:46.6||1:43.7|
|3 Garmin-Cervélo (Elizabeth Armitstead/Noemi Cantele/Sharon Laws/Emma Pooley/Iris Slappendel)||54:52.5||1:49.6|
|4 Australian National Team (Shara Gillow/Belinda Goss/Taryn Heather/Lauren Kitchen/Jessie Maclean/Amanda Spratt)||54:53.1||1:50.2|
|5 Nederland Bloeit (Loes Gunnewijk/Patricia Schwager/Annemiek Van Vleuten/Marianne Vos)||55:04.5||2:01.6|
|6 Russian National Team (Tatiana Antoshina/Alexandra Burchenkova/Yulia Iliynikh/Olga Zabelinskaya)||56:09.1||3:06.2|
|7 Hitec Products - UCK (Lisa Brennauer/Emma Johansson/Emilie Moberg/Sara Mustonen/Lise Nöstvold)||56:22.3||3:19.4|
|8 German National Team (Elke Gebhardt/Claudia Häusler/Madeleine Sandig/Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier)||57:14.2||4:11.3|
|9 Lotto Honda Team (Robyn De Groot/Ashleigh Moolman/Josephine Tomic/Vicki Whitelaw)||57:22.5||4:19.6|
|10 SC MCipollini Giambenini (Monia Baccaille/Nicole Cooke/Tatiana Guderzo/Jennifer Hohl)||57:28.3||4:25.4|
|11 Dutch National Team (Regina Bruins/Roxane Knetemann/Vera Koedooder/Anna Van Der Breggen)||57:41.2||4:38.3|
|12 Ukrainian National Team (Svitlana Galyuk/Lesya Kalitovska/Anna Nagirna/Olena Sharga)||57:47.8||4:44.9|
|13 Top Girls Fassa Bortolo (Elena Berlato/Valentina Carretta/Simona Frapporti/Elisa Longo Borghini/Giulia Ronchi)||58:09.6||5:06.7|
|14 Swedish National Team (Karin Aune/Linea Fredäng/Marie Lindberg/Hanna Nilsson/Martina Thomasson)||58:34.3||5:31.4|
|15 Alriksson Go:Green (Madeleine Olsson/Malin Rydlund/Linnea Sjöblom/Isabelle Söderberg)||59:14.9||6:12.0|
|16 Juvederm - Specialized (Lex Albrecht/Veronique Labonte/Moriah Macgregor/Denise Ramsden/Mary Zider)||59:16.1||6:13.2|
|17 Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team (Latoya Brulee/Jolien D'Hoore/Kelly Druyts/Grace Verbeke)||59:23.0||6:20.1|
|18 Dolmans Landscaping Team (Martine Bras/Petra Dijkman/Janneke Ensing/Birgit Lavrijssen/Mascha Pijnenborg)||59:38.5||6:35.6|
|19 Danish National Team (Henriette Christensen/Michelle Lauge Jensen/Julie Leth/Dorte Lohse Rasmussen)||59:43.5||6:40.6|
|20 Vienne Futuroscope (Julie Beveridge/Karol-Ann Canuel/Pascale Jeuland/Emmanuelle Merlot)||59:54.9||6:52.0|
|21 Vaiano Solaristech (Valentina Bastianelli/Urte Juodvalkyte/Flavia Oliveira/Katarzyna Sosna)||1:00:18.9||7:16.0|
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