10.09.2016

World Championship 2016: Etixx-QS (men) and Boels Dolmans (women) win the TTT


Let me ne frank: I don't apreciate at all the fact that a country like Doha has been chosen by the UCI for the Worlds. First of all it's a politically wrong decision, bringing money to a regine that definitely doesn't deserve to be supported. Secondly it's a place where cycling is not a tradition nor popular. Few people on the road and the rest just watching in tv. NOT the cycling I like. 
Anyway, today the few teams that agreed to pay for the long expensive transfer competed in the TTT. Among the men Etixx-QS won again while Boels Dolmans dominated the women's race.

Etixx.QS:
Bob Jungels: 
“Riding in the desert was really hard, but we worked well together and we had a good preparation for this race at home, but also here. We could count on strong riders, they all went to the limit and we are very happy now. I am very grateful and happy to ride for this team.” 
Marcel Kittel:
“In a team time trial it’s always about pushing, pushing, pushing, and today was the same. The only fun part in such a race is when you cross the finish line and you hear you’ve won. We didn’t knew the time differences during the race, but we could see how great the team was riding and were really confident. To win the gold medals is fantastic!”
Yves Lampaert:
“Becoming world champion is something that will last forever. At the beginning of the week it was difficult for me to adapt to the tough weather conditions in Qatar, but things went better day after day and you could see that today. I am super proud of this result!” 
Tony Martin:
“We rode as a team and fought against ourselves, riding to the limit, and it wasn’t easy, as the heat made things complicated. It’s very special to win my last race with Etixx – Quick-Step. I’ve raced all the team time trials since the discipline returned at the Worlds, came every time on the podium and won twice, but this victory is different. I want to thank the team for today and for these five years, they were incredible.”
Niki Terpstra:
“In the past two years we lost the title and there was some pressure on us, but we had a good squad and knew that we could win. We prepared really hard for this and all the work paid off. The nicest thing about today is that even when we suffered we managed to gain time. This makes the triumph even sweeter.” 
Julien Vermote: “Riding behind a huge engine as Tony wasn’t easy, but I was prepared to suffer and bring my contribution to the team’s success. I worked hard in the first part of the race and I’m completely empty now, but it’s all worth it. World Champion is something that stays with you for the rest of your life and I will need some time to let it sink in. I must thank to my teammates and to Tom Steels, who knew how to prepare this race.” 
Tom Steels:
“The guys did a really great job. They stayed in one line, never hesitated in the corners and did what they had to do. The team was smooth and strong, even on the technical parts, so congrats to our riders. Simulating a course makes a big difference, and doing this in our preparations for Qatar helped us a lot today.”

BMC:
Rohan Dennis:
"We did everything we could leading up to it and you can't win them all. I think we rode just as well as last year but Etixx-QuickStep were just better on the day so hats off to them. The first 30km felt ok but it was the last 10km that really hurt, especially with the change of pace with the corners. Obviously the heat played a part, I think that was the main factor, and it was quite smooth until we came into The Pearl. Of course it makes us hungrier for next year but a year is a long time and I've got the individual time trial on Wednesday to focus on."
Stefan Küng:
"I came from a long way down with my injuries but the team always had a lot of confidence in me and that really helped me. I've always had Doha in my head, especially the team time trial. I was training for it really hard, we all were, and everyone gave their best. From the new bike we have, to the riders and the staff, everyone involved gave 100% percent to defend out title. In the end you don't always get what you wish for and we can be happy that we did everything we could and next year is another chance."
Manuel Quinziato:
" Sport is like that. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Today the Etixx-QuickStep guys were stronger than us so we lost to a strong team. It's going to be even more interesting next year in Norway now."

ORICA-BikeExchange:
DS Matt White:
“Really great result and an outstanding effort from the team today. Everyone stepped up to another level as soon as we were down the ramp especially Michael Hepburn and Luke Durbridge. Luke was doing one minute turns on the front and really made the difference in the finale whilst the track boys, Michael and Alexander Edmondson switched immediately into competition mode despite the different preparation they had after the Olympics. Big Svein Tuft, Daryl Impey and Michael Matthews were also outstanding and as we expected the whole team rode as a tight unit and produced the goods. We can hold our heads very high and be happy with our achievement, it was a very fast course with changing wind directions, but to be honest it was a fairly light wind and everyone had to deal with the same conditions.”

RESULTS
Men
1 Etixx - Quick Step 0:42:32
  Bob Jungels
  Marcel Kittel
  Yves Lampaert
  Tony Martin
  Niki Terpstra
  Julien Vermote
2 Bmc Racing Team 0:00:12
  Rohan Dennis
  Stefan Kueng
  Daniel Oss
  Taylor Phinney
  Manuel Quinziato
  Joseph Rosskopf
3 Orica-Bikeexchange 0:00:37
  Luke Durbridge
  Alexander Edmonson
  Michael Hepburn
  Daryl Impey
  Michael Matthews
  Svein Tuft
4 Team Sky 0:00:54
  Vasil Kiryienka
  Michal Kwiatkowski
  Nicolas Roche
  Ben Swift
  Geraint Thomas
  Danny Van Poppel
5 Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo 0:00:55
  Victor Campenaerts
  Wilco Kelderman
  Thomas Leezer
  Primož Roglic
  Timo Roosen
  Jos Van Emden
6 Movistar Team 0:01:11
  Andrey Amador Bikkazakova
  Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas
  Alex Dowsett
  Imanol Erviti
  Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira
  Jasha Sütterlin
7 Team Giant - Alpecin 0:01:26
  Søren Kragh Andersen
  John Degenkolb
  Tom Dumoulin
  Chad Haga
  Georg Preidler
  Ramon Sinkeldam
8 Team Katusha 0:02:01
  Sven Erik Bystrøm
  Alexander Kristoff
  Viacheslav Kuznetsov
  Michael Morkov
  Nils Politt
  Anton Vorobyev
9 Astana Pro Team 0:02:21
  Dario Cataldo
  Jakob Fuglsang
  Andriy Grivko
  Tanel Kangert
  Alexey Lutsenko
  Gatis Smukulis
10 Veranda's Willems Cycling Team 0:03:39
  Sander Cordeel
  Jan Ghyselinck
  Aidis Kruopis
  Christophe Premont
  Elias Van Breussegem
  Stef Van Zummeren
11 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:03:43
  Gediminas Bagdonas
  Ben Gastauer
  Alexis Gougeard
  Patrick Gretsch
  Hugo Houle
  Christophe Riblon
12 Cycling Academy Team 0:04:25
  Guillaume Boivin
  Dan Craven
  Mihkel Räim
  Guy Sagiv
  Daniel Turek
  Aviv Yechzkel
13 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:04:26
  Víctor De La Parte
  Felix Grossschartner
  Nikolay Mihaylov
  Lukasz Owsian
  Maciej Paterski
  Branislau Samoilau
14 Kolss BDC Team 0:05:04
  Andrii Bratashchuk
  Vitaliy Buts
  Mykhaylo Kononenko
  Andriy Kulyk
  Sergiy Lagkuti
  Andriy Vasylyuk
15 Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club 0:05:44
  Soufiane Haddi
  Adil Jelloul
  Francisco Mancebo Perez
  Murad Tarek Obaid
  Andrea Palini
  Marlen Zmorka
16 Vino 4-Ever Sko 0:06:31
  Stepan Astafyev
  Zhandos Bizhigitov
  Yevgeniy Gidich
  Alexandr Shushemoin
  Alexey Voloshin
  Oleg Zemlyakov
17 Stradalli - Bike Aid 0:07:24
  Joschka Beck
  Daniel Bichlmann
  Patrick Lechner
  Dominik Merseburg
  Timo Schäfer
  Meron Teshome Hagos
Women
1 Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:48:42
  Chantal Blaak
  Karol-Ann Canuel
  Elizabeth Deignan
  Christine Majerus
  Evelyn Stevens
  Ellen Van Dijk
2 Canyon Sram Racing 0:00:48
  Alena Amialiusik
  Hannah Barnes
  Lisa Brennauer
  Elena Cecchini
  Mieke Kroeger
  Trixi Worrack
3 Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team 0:01:56
  Ciara Horne
  Lisa Klein
  Lotta Lepistö
  Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
  Joelle Numainville
  Stephanie Pohl
4 Bepink 0:02:46
  Amber Neben
  Francesca Pattaro
  Ilaria Sanguineti
  Silvia Valsecchi
  Georgia Williams
  Olga Zabelinskaya
5 Twenty16 - Ridebiker 0:02:46
  Kristin Armstrong
  Allie Dragoo
  Chloe Dygert
  Annie Foreman-Mackey
  Alison Jackson
  Leah Thomas
6 Hitec Products 0:03:23
  Charlotte Becker
  Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen
  Julie Leth
  Emilie Moberg
  Thea Thorsen
  Kirsten Wild
7 BTC City Ljubljana 0:03:43
  Polona Batagelj
  Eugenia Bujak
  Corinna Lechner
  Olena Pavlukhina
  Anna Plichta
  Mia Radotic
8 Raboliv Women Cycling Team 0:06:03
  Shara Gillow
  Roxane Knetemann
  Anouska Koster
  Katarzyna Niewiadoma
  Moniek Tenniglo
  Anna Van Der Breggen

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