The 81st International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships began on Sunday in Ponferrada, Spain with the men’s and women’s team time trial. For 2014, 69 national federations are registered to compete in the championships.
The world championships are raced differently than as seen in other cycling competitions. A cyclist can represent and ride for a specific team in the ‘team time trial’ but then ride for their nation in the ‘individual time trial.’
Teams are made up of six riders, and in another deviation from the rest of the worlds, the winners receive a gold, silver or bronze medal and not a rainbow jersey.
Each of the road races take place commencing and finishing in Ponferrada among a few hills. The total ascent is 1000 feet and a maximum gradient of 11%. There will be two climbs at the Alto de Montearenas (at an average of 3.5 %) and the Alto de Compostilla (at an average of 6.6 %).
In the elite division for men, which was a 35 mile trek, the winner for the gold was BMC Racing at a time of 1 hour 3 minutes 29 seconds. Riding for the American team was led by American star, Tejay van Garderen. His teammates included Rohan Dennis (AUS), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Daniel Oss (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITAand Peter Velits (SVK).
Riding for the Orica-GreenEdge team, winner of silver, was Luke Durbridge (AUS) Michael Hepburn (AUS) Damien Howson (AUS) Brett Lancaster (AUS) Jens Mouris (NED) and Svein Tuft (CAN).
The American team of Specialized–lululemon took the gold for the Women’s Elite Team Time Trial in 43 minutes 33 seconds. The cyclists rode for 22 ½ miles with the members of the team being Chantal Blaak (NED), Lisa Brennauer (GER), Karol-Ann Canuel (CAN), Carmen Small (USA), Evelyn Stevens (USA) and Trixi Worrack (GER).
Results of Men’s Team Time Trial
1. BMC Racing,
3. Omega Pharma
4. Team Sky
Results of Women’s Team Time Trial
3. Astana BePink
4. Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies