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Sunweb World Team Time Trial Championships
Both Team Sunweb's men and women programs head to Bergen this week for the UCI World Championships. First on the agenda is the team time trial on Sunday, 17th and both programs line-up with strong teams for the race. The course for both the men and women is the same, a 42.5 kilometre route from Ravnanger to central Bergen. After a flat section to give riders chance to settle into a rhythm, riders are tasked technical section, a climb followed by another flat section, a second climb and a cobbled section towards the finish.

Team Sunweb's Coach Adriaan Helmantel (NED) said: "This is a challenging course with various ups and downs and we line-up with a strong and motivated team from both our men's and women's programs. Our scientific expert Teun van Erp made extensive analysis of the course based on a recon from earlier this year to determine the optimum rider order and pacing plan for Bergen."

"Our men's program have just come out of a great Vuelta and some good racing in Canada so are in top shape. Sam and Lennard both had to abandon the Vuelta and are fully recovered again and back on track for Bergen. Tom and Wilco have shown really strong TT's across the year with Tom winning the Giro's time trial and Wilco finishing 2nd in the Vuelta's TT. To round off the team we have Søren and Michael who are more explosive riders with the characteristics needed for a course of this nature. Our scientific expert Teun van Erp, has prepared extensive analysis of the course to ensure that.

"We believe that our women's team are in contention to take a medal in Bergen, but it will be a fierce battle. We have spent some time training to perfect our technique over the past few months and have a final block coming up this week to further fine-tune. Each rider is a strong time trialist in their own right. We have the European ITT champion with Ellen and a powerhouse with Lucinda. Alongside these two we have the fast-women Leah and Coryn with Sabrina who is good on the climbs and Floortje who is strong against the clock. After a strong result in the Giro Rosa's TTT the team are motivated to take a strong result this weekend."

RACE: UCI World Championships Team Time Trial

DATE: 17/09/2017

COACH: Adriaan Helmantel (NED)


Lucinda Brand (NED)
Ellen van Dijk (NED)
Leah Kirchmann (CAN)
Floortje Mackaij (NED)
Coryn Rivera (USA)
Sabrina Stultiens (NED)

Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Lennard Kämna (GER)
Wilco Kelderman (NED)
Michael Matthews (AUS)
Sam Oomen (NED).


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