Clean Sweep for 2XU Compression at UCI World Champ Time Trial
After a long and grueling Pro Tour season across European and beyond, the world's cycling elite gathered in Valkenburg (Netherlands) for the UCI Road World Championships yesterday. All cameras, coaches and journalists had their eyes firmly pointed on the men's Team Time-Trial; the first time the event had been included on the World Champs roster in 18 years.
Proving high performance, premium podium placements are about thorough recovery practices, our trio of 2XU Compression-powered Pro Cycle Teams; Omega Pharma-Quick Step, BMC Racing Team and ORICA GreenEDGE placed first, second and third respectively.
Gold went to Omega Pharma-Quick Step's six-man team, led by the individual time-trial defending champion Tony Martin of Germany, completed the 53.2-km race in one hour three minutes 17 seconds.
BMC finished 3.16 seconds behind to grab the silver medal while Australia's, ORICA-GreenEDGE came in third - 47 seconds adrift of the winners.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step was one of the favorites with a line-up including Martin and three other national time-trial champions - Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel, Belgian Kristof Vandewalle and Slovakian Peter Velits - as well as former road world champion Tom Boonen.
"We fought together as a team," Martin said. "The team work was once again the key to the success. This victory gives me lot of confidence for Wednesday's race," the 27-year-old added, referring to the individual time-trial.
BMC Racing was left wondering what might have been after coming in just three seconds to the Belgian squad after losing time on the Cauberg, inside the final three kilometres of the race.
Working with Americans Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney, Italians Alessandro Ballan, Marco Pinotti, and Manuel Quinziato, plus Belgian Philippe Gilbert, BMC was in with a chance heading into the final climb.
ORICA-GreenEDGE rounded out the podium with an average speed of 50.25 kilometers per hour.
"The boys were happy to earn a medal, but we came here to win," said Sports Director Matt White. "We weren't good enough to take the win on the day. We gave it everything and executed our plan well, but two teams went faster."
At the first time split, ORICA-GreenEDGE remained within striking distance of the race win. Gradually, the gap between the top times widened.
"We needed to increase our general speed through the middle section," noted White. "There's not much else we did wrong. It was little details here and there that add up. Technique wise, I'm happy with how the guys rode."
From all at 2XU - a huge congratulations to our sponsored Teams; Omega Pharma-Quick Step, BMC Racing and ORICA-GreenEDGE. Your debut seasons with 2XU Compression have proven every bit as powerful for your recovery and performance as was to be expected.
Keep up those multiplied human performances!