• Team time trial for BMC at the 2018 Tour of Britain (Getty)Source: Getty
This year's UCI Road World Championships marks the last time trade teams will race a TTT and BMC - also in its last year in its current iteration - hopes to repeat its 2014 and 2015 success for late team owner Andy Rihs.
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19 Sep 2018 - 3:59 PM 

Australian national time trial champion and favourite for the ITT, Rohan Dennis headlines the BMC team roster. But one man will be on the minds of riders and staff - Andy Rihs. 

"It is no secret that the team time trial is one of our favorite disciplines and one that we have targeted for many years," BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz said. "For us, it is disappointing that this will be the final trade team time trial at the World Championships but this will serve as extra motivation to claim the gold medal for the team, and particularly in memory of Andy Rihs."

"Andy gave us, and the sport of cycling, so much, so to win the final Team Time Trial at the World Championships in the BMC Racing Team skinsuit would be incredibly special."

 

Patrick Bevin, Damiano Caruso, Stefan Küng, Greg Van Avermaet, and Tejay van Garderen will take to the start with Dennis for the 62.8km race of truth. It's a roster heavy with time trial strength. 

"It is a long course and with the significant climb, we had to design our roster accordingly," team director Jackson Stewart said. "We are a team with a lot of time trial talent and therefore it is always difficult to select the six riders for the World Championships Team Time Trial. This year, I think we have selected the right six guys for the job, riders who are the best in the business on the flatter sections but can still tackle the climb as well," Stewart said.

"The difficult part of this last World Championship Team Time Trial is how to pace into the climb and still do a good climb to have enough riders together for the final kilometers. I think the course is much simpler from a technical standpoint than last year's course, but the climb will be a big factor and we selected riders accordingly."

Check our site for highlights of the men's and women's team time trial events. Watch the rest of the worlds with us from Monday 24 September to Sunday 30 September live streaming here or via SBS On Demand. 

You can also catch the women's (Sat 29 Sep) and men's (Sun 30 Sep) elite road races on SBS Viceland. More details here

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