Quick Step Floors have won the world team time trial championship for the fourth time – and in doing so, the Belgian team has said a record that is destined to stand the test of time with the event being dropped from future editions of the UCI Road World Championships.
Our squad's amazing season continued in Innsbruck, where a superb performance netted the 69th victory of the season.
Kasper Asgreen, Laurens De Plus, Bob Jungels, Yves Lampaert, Maximilian Schachmann and Niki Terpstra – the latter being the only member of the team to have figured in all four triumphs – were the riders who stood on the top step of the podium in Innsbruck this afternoon.
They clocked a time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 26 seconds on the tough 62.4-kilometre course, beating Team Sunweb by 18.46 seconds into second place with BMC Racing third, a further 1.09 seconds back.
Since the format was reintroduced in 2012 – from 1962 to 1994, it was raced by national teams – only BMC Racing with two wins and Team Sunweb, with one victory, have been able to break the domination of Quick Step Floors.
Together, the three teams have taken 14 of the 21 medals available in the event over the past seven editions.
Hannah and Alice Barnes figured in the Canyon-SRAM line-up that won the women’s title, tackling the 54.5-kilometre course in a time of 1 hour 1 minutes and 46 seconds.
Riding alongside the British sisters Alena Amialiusik, Elena Cecchini, Lisa Klein and Trixi Worrack.
Boels-Dolmens were second, 22 seconds behind, with Team Sunweb in the bronze medal position, seven seconds further back.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.