World Championships TTT Men 2012 / 16 September / Sittard
This year the World Championships take place in Limburg, the Netherlands, and include a new element: from this year on the Worlds will start off with a team time trial for UCI teams. Thirty-two teams took part in the race through the southern part of Holland and the WorldTour team Liquigas – Cannondale, with riders like Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali, was one of them.
All the teams, which consisted of six riders, needed to do a warm-up before the race. The team time trial started in Sittard and the finish was in Vilt. The distance of the time trial was 53,2 kilometres and the Cauberg in Valkenburg was one of the famous Dutch hills the riders had to climb at the end of the race.
The team time trial was the first race of the World Championships. The individual time trial and the road race will take place later this week.
Omega Pharma-Quickstep, with Tom Boonen, won the team time trial. The BMC Racing team got second with only a three-second time difference and Orica-GreenEDGE became third. The team time trial for women was won by Team Specialized-Lululemon. Team Orica-AIS became second and AA Drink-Leontien.nl got third before the Rabobank Women.