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UCI World Championships - Canyon-SRAM take women's TTT title from Sunweb in Innsbruck

Canyon-SRAM take women's TTT title from Sunweb at World Champs

23/09/2018 at 09:58Updated 23/09/2018 at 14:49

Reigning champions Sunweb were dethroned on day one of the UCI World Championships in Innsbruck as Canyon-SRAM sprung a surprise in the women’s team time trial.

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The Canyon-SRAM team, featuring British sisters Hannah and Alice Barnes, tore round the 54.5km course in 1:01:46.60.

Sunweb, winners in Bergen last time out, were the last team to set off and crossed the line 28.67 seconds in arrears - which was only good enough for third place.

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Another Dutch outfit, Boels Dolmans, were in second, 21.90 seconds off the time set by Canyon-SRAM.

“We’ve trained really hard for this,” Hannah Barnes said. “We put everything into it – every day we were getting smoother and better on the course. We’re just really happy.”

A largely downhill course took the teams from Area 47 in Otztal to the Alpine town of Innsbruck.

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As well as the two Barnes sisters, German outfit Canyon-SRAM also included Italy’s Elena Cecchini, Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Germany' s Trixi Worrack.

“For sure it’s really nice,” Worrack said. “We didn’t win one TTT this year so it was a bit of a surprise, but I think only for the others, because we knew what we could do if we had the perfect day – we could finish on the podium or even on top."

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Canyon-SRAM have the honour of being the last ever winners of the TTT as a trade team - with national teams set to replace them in the format.

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