Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT Preview (1.WWT)

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Nearly three weeks after the thirteenth UCI WWT round, with the biggest prize pool in women’s cycling, held in London, it is now turn for Vargarda, Sweden. The ninth edition of Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT (previously included in the UCI Women’s Road World Cup) will witness the fourteenth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour. On Friday, August 19th Vårgårda will be once again the center of women’s cycling.

Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT is a women’s elite cycling event part of a two one-day races weekend that includes a road race held on Sunday. The Team Time Trial event emerged in 2008, in conjunction with the road race (which was first held in 2006) and has been always part of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup.

UCI WWT Race Schedule:

1. Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
2. Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe,  NED – 12/03/16
  Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
4. Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16
 Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
5. Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
  Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
6. La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
  Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv)
7. Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
8. Amgen Tour of California, USA – 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
9. Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
10. Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
11. Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
12. La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16
[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
13. Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15

  Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products)

14. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 19/08/16
15. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour Road Race, SWE – 21/08/16
16. GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16

17. LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1   Megan Guarnier Boels Dolmans 886
2   Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans 545
3 [CAN]  Leah Kirchmann Liv Plantuur 542
48 [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez Cylance Pro Cycling 62

UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking

1 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Rabobank Liv  30
2 Floortje Mackaij Liv Plantur 18
3 Jip van den Bos Parkhotel Valkenburg 14

Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking

1 Boels Dolmans 2529
2 Wiggle High5 1839
3 Rabobank Liv 1596

Programme

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Friday, August 19th, Local Time: 17:30 p.m to 19:10 p.m. (UTC+2)

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A total of 16 teams, including 2 national teams, will participate in this edition of Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT. Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylancewill be our only Spanish representative at the fourteenth UCI WWT round.

Route 42,5km: Vargarda-Herrljunga-Vargarda-Vargarda
Profile

The 42.5-kilometre TTT is the longest one of the season as well as one of the last opportunities to race to prepare the TTT UCI RWC in October. Starting in Vargarda riders will ride to Herrljunga before turning back to Vargarda, where riders will enter the 10-kilometre final circuit.

Favourites & Outsiders

EstrellaEstrellaEstrellaEstrella  [HOL] Rabobank Liv,  [HOL] Boels Dolmans
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[GBR] Wiggle High5, [ALE] Canyon SRAM, [ALE] Cervélo Bigla
EstrellaEstrella [NOR] Hitec Products, [SLO] BTC-City Ljubljana, [HOL] Parkhotel Valkenburg
Estrella [ITA] Alé Cipollini, [ITA] BePink, [USA] Cylance

Betting area

Our favourite:  [HOL] Rabobank Liv
Our outsider:   [USA] Cylance

Participants

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Previous edition

Dutch team Rabobank Liv won the UCI Road World Cup TTT Vargarda last year. At the first intermediate point it was German team Velocio SRAM who scored the fastest time. Both Dutch teams Rabobank Liv and Boels Dolmans were only one second behind the German team. At the second time split Rabobank Liv had opened a 10 second lead ahead of Boels Dolmans. Rabobank Liv set up the fastest time at the finish line ahead of Velocio SRAM and Boels Dolmans, second and third respectively.

Highlights of 2015 TTT Vargarda (UCI Road World Cup)

Results

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Live TV Streaming

Unlike for Sunday’s Vargarda Road Race there will be no live coverage during the Team Time Trial.

Twitter coverage

A few Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow the race (among others):

Facebook 

Sources

Official website
UCI
WomenCyclingFever
Strava

Written by:
Diego Martín

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