Posted by Editoress on 08/18/12
Team Specialized-lululemon won the team time trial World Cup event on Friday in Vargarda, Sweden, in an exciting dual with Orica Green Edge.
Orica-GreenEdge, led by World TT Champion Judith Arndt, hit the first time split at 14.6km with a three second advantage on Specialized-lululemon. But the second part of the race saw a reversal in the time splits with Specialized-lululemon making up 13 seconds by the second time split and eventually won by 29 seconds.
"It was an exciting and nerve racking race," said Team Sport director Ronny Lauke. "The girls looked great on the road and kept their cool on the technical course. They had to fight back after the first time split but they didn't panic and they were really able to bring it home. It was amazing to watch. At one point the hit 80km/hour coming back to town."
"It was an important win for us," he added. "Coming up in September is the inaugural World Team Time Trial Championships for Pro Teams and we have focused a lot on preparing for that. It's the perfect opportunities for professional teams to showcase their sponsor at a World Championship event and it's definitely a big goal for us.
"This event in Sweden is always such a great battle and having it and the team time trial coming up at Holland Ladies Tour is great preparation for World's."
|Vårgårda to Vårgårda TTT, 42.5 km||Team Members||Time||Gap|
|1 Team Specialized - lululemon||Evelyn Stevens (USA)/Ina Teutenberg (Ger)/Trixi Worrack (Ger)/
Amber Neben (USA)/Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned)/Charlotte Becker (Ger)
|2 Orica - AIS||Judith Arndt (Ger)/Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl)/Shara Gillow (Aus)/Claudia Häusler (Ger)/
Loes Gunnewijk (Ned)/Alexis Rhodes (Aus)
|3 Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team||Marianne Vos (Ned)/Tatiana Antoshina (Rus)/Iris Slappendel (Ned)/Thalita De Jong (Ned)/
Liesbet De Vocht (Bel)/Roxane Knetemann (Ned)
|4 AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team||Emma Pooley (GBr)/Sharon Laws (GBr)/Shelley Olds (USA)/Kirsten Wild (Ned)/
Lucinda Brand (Ned)/Jessie Daams (Bel)
|5 RusVelo||Irina Molicheva (Rus)/Hanka Kupfernagl (Ger)/Romy Kasper (Ger)/
Alina Bondarenko (Rus)/Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus)
|6 Dolmans - Boels Cycling Team||Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned)/Anouska Koster (Ned)/Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned)/Emma Trott (GBr)/
Nina Kessler (Ned)/Janneke Ensing (Ned)
|7 Skil Argos||Kelly Markus (Ned)/Amy Pieters (Ned)/Monique van de Ree (Ned)/
Esra Tromp (Ned)/Janneke Kanis (Ned)
|8 Team Ibis Cycles||Natalie Van Gogh (Ned)/Eileen Roe (GBr)/Julie Leth (Den)/Esther Olthuis (Ned)/
Aafke Eshuis (Ned)/Martina Thomasson (Swe)
|9 Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team||Emilie Moberg (Nor)/Lise Nöstvold (Nor)/Thea Thorsen (Nor)/Marie Voreland (Nor)/
Cecilie S Johansen (Nor)/Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor)
|10 Denmark||Mette Fugl Rasmussen (Den)/Catrine Grage (Den)/Fie Degn Larsen (Den)/
Nina Schultz Nielsen (Den)/Britt Lauenborg (Den)
|11 Alriksson Go:Green||Jessica Kihlbom (Swe)/Hanna Nilsson (Swe)/Malin Rydlund (Swe)/Beata Sandström (Swe)||1:00:03.6||7:04.7|
|12 Norway||Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor)/Tina Andreassen (Nor)/Thrude Natholmen (Nor)/
Anne-Katrine Meland (Nor)/Camilla Indseth Sögjerd (Nor)/
Anny Hauglid (Nor)
|13 Finland||Lotta Lepistö (Fin)/Sari Saarelainen (Fin)/Anna Lindström (Fin)/Jutta Nieminen (Fin)/
Maija Rossi (Fin)/Pia Pensaari (Fin)
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