Road World Cup 2009
Open de Suede, Vårgåda 41,5km
Test Team fulfilled an important goal of their season by winning the team
time trial, held in Vargarda on Friday evening. It is the only team time
trial on the World Cup calendar and one of only a handful available in the
season is targeted by several teams as they plan their year. Cervelo Test
Team is as aware of the event as any of their competitors; they have after
all, the prestige of never having been beaten in a World Cup team time
trial. There have been three such events in the past four years (no TTT in
2007), additionally, Christiane Soeder (Austrian TT Champion) has been a
member of the team in each race.
weather in Vargarda was not as pleasant as it has been in previous years
for the July events. After delivering above average temperatures for the
World Cup since 2006, showers and wind were on the menu in 2009 on a cool
(14’c) evening. That did nothing to reduce the enthusiasm of the
participants, organisers or spectators; there was plenty of energy around
as the seventh round of the 2009 World Cup took place.
there were only a handful of teams who could hope to win the event. But
even throughout the race, it was clear by the time checks that Cervelo
Test Team were dominating their “pet event”. Such was their dominance,
they were around one minute thirty seconds ahead of rivals Team Columbia-HTC
and Team Flexpoint by the second checkpoint. They were also one of the
couple of teams to finish all six riders together (the other was Fasso
Bortolo Top Girls Roxy Line).
The race for the second and third podium places was less clear-cut. Team Columbia-HTC and Team Flexpoint were neck and neck throughout, with Equipe Nurnberger pushing hard all the way too. At the finish, less than three seconds separated these three teams. Team Columbia-HTC were second, Flexpoint third and Nurnberg missed the podium by just half a second. Far from being disappointed Directeur Sportif, Petra Rossner (Team Columbia-HTC) saw the team’s second place effort as positive.
Swede, Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) knew that she had an unassailable lead in the World Cup competition. That did not stop her willing her team on throughout the 41 kilometre test, they finished seventh, 3”50 minutes down on the winners. She will wear the World Cup leader’s jersey in the Open de Suede World Cup road race on Sunday. A relative local, who grew up not so far away from Vargarda, will have school friends and her parents in the crowd to watch her compete.
Campana (team owner,
Cervelo Test Team) was pleased with the victory “It’s very good,
it’s the third [World Cup] team trial victory for my team and
it’s very important for us to be up the front here and get victory in
the time trial.” He reflected upon the role played by the bikes
and equipment used “It’s a 41.5 kilometre time trial and we had
lots of crosswind sections where aerodynamics play an important factor, so
I think that half of the gap we had, half the winning margin, was down to
Cervelo and Zipp and the manufacturers who work with us. It makes a big
It had been a season-long plan for Kristin Armstrong to bring her
experience and ability to the fore in this race. The Olympic Champion flew
in especially from the USA for the event. “It was very important
to have Kristin here. Last year, a major part of the victory was due to
Karin Thurig, because she was in great pre-Olympic form and she was always
able to accelerate in the sections where we had a bit of a problem and we
needed a rider like that [this year]. I spoke with Kristin at the
beginning of the season and said that it was one of the goals. She flew in
and did exactly the job which Karin did last year. For me, that was one of
the major factors in our win.”
A member of the winning team for the past two years, Carla Ryan, Australian time trial Champion, said “I think the conditions really suited us. Plus we have the best equipment in the world and the best time trial bikes, so we were really confident going in that we were the best team to win this race. We’re really happy with the result, its great. The team was pretty balanced and equal today. We’re really happy to have the Olympic Champion, Kristin Armstrong, come over from the USA to race here with us and it was perfect for the team because she’s really good and she brought us together nicely.”
Rossner (DS, Team
Columbia-HTC) “I’m very, very happy. I knew it would be decided
between those [top] four teams and I knew after the second time split we
were making up time on Nurnberg and Flexpoint. I didn’t even say the
time split [over the radio] to Cervelo because they were already
out to 40 seconds or something. But the girls stuck together and they
raced a great race. I always said the race would be decided in the last
ten kilometres and that’s where we gained time on Nurnberg and Flexpoint
and that was the key to getting second place in this World Cup.”
(Red Sun Cycling) “I couldn’t lose it, I had 45 points on
Marianne and the winner here gets 35 points. Even so, its always good to be in
this jersey. I love it, I love the jersey. I don’t want to give it to anyone
else. Its going to be exciting on Sunday, there’s going to be a big fight for
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