Specialized-lululemon dominated the Team Time Trial in Vargarda, Sweden,
covering the 42.5km course with an average speed of 48.7km/hr. The team were
pushed hard however, Orica-AIS were leading by 3 seconds at the first time
split at 16.4km but lost time on the turn. By the time they reached the
second time split they were 10 seconds behind Specialized-lululemon. In the
end the gap was 28.4 seconds.
the race for third. Olympic Road Champion Marianne Vos led her team to
third, 1 minute 49.5 seconds behind. They were lacking two of their
strongest riders Annemiek van Vleuten and Pauline Ferrand- Prevot but still
managed to pull off an important result. The third place secured Vos another
25 points in the overall World Cup standing. She now sits 56 points clear of
Judith Arndt (Orica-AIS) with two events left.
Scrymgeour (Owner Specialized-lululemon)“It was a very
exciting win today, it was so nerve racking in the car, it was such a close
race between us [Specialized-lululemon] and Orica AIS. They really put it to
us in the first third of the race. We had to bring it home."
On how important
the team time trial at the World Championships is for the team and its
sponsors, “It is an exciting race and a great initiative to have
this for trade teams to be able to represent their sponsors on a world
stage. It is exciting too and a really great race that the girls can build
up to. They have to be good and be selected for it amongst the rest of the
team. There have been some great team time trails this year where they can
practice so it is good fun.”
Vos (Rabo Women) is fresh from her Olympic victory and very happy
to be racing in Sweden and the team’s third place and retaining the
overall World Cup leaders jersey, “ Well, we can be pretty happy
with that result I think. Third place is good, Specialized-lululemon and
Orica GreenEDGE are strong teams. We tried to get as close as possible, for
us the third place is the best we could do,” said Vos.
On the standings
in the World Cup, “ I am very happy for the world cup. I had time
after the Olympics but no recovery time, just celebration time.”
de Vocht (RaboWomen)was enjoying being part of the Rabobank team
after Marianne's victory in London, "Marianne just pushes
everyone to get better and go faster. We have Annemiek [van Vleuten] and
Pauline [Ferrand Prevot] missing today so I am looking forward to having
them back in the team for the World Championships in September,"
said de Vocht.