• Team Sunweb at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. (Getty)Source: Getty
The Sunweb women powered to the UCI team time trial world championship title ahead of Boels-Dolmans and Cervelo-Bigla.
Cycling Central

17 Sep 2017 - 11:25 PM  UPDATED 18 Sep 2017 - 10:13 AM

The UCI Road World Championship opener was held on a 42km course from Ravnanger to Bergen in Norway.

Lucinda Brand, Leah Kirchmann, Floortje Mackaij, Coryn Rivera, Sabrina Stultiens and Ellen Van Dijk rode to a time of 55min 41sec, 12 seconds faster than the strong Boels-Dolmans outfit and 28 ahead of Cervelo-Bigla.

Sunweb was the sixth of the nine trade teams to start and didn't have to wait long for the victory to be confirmed as defending champions Boels-Dolmans fell short of a repeat.

“It was a really tough course and it was so important not to over pace on the climbs as you blow up the whole team so we really focused on that," Van Dijk said. 

"That was our strength, we kept it really smooth and it was feeling good all the way. This year we really didn’t expect to go for the win but when you do it really as a team like this and use each other's strengths in such a good way it’s such a satisfying feeling.

"We were the underdog and now we’re world champions.”

More to come.

The 2017 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Bergen, Norway from 167-24 September and will be broadcast on SBS Viceland and streamed online.

Speed, pain and teamwork the curtain-raiser for the World Champs
When asked to name the hardest effort in their careers, riders will often refer to the unique pain of the team time trial. That hurt will again be evident as the 2017 World Championships kick off on Sunday in Bergen, Norway.