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Omega wins men's team time trial at cycling worlds
Associated Press
2012-09-16 11:54 PM
Belgian team Omega Pharma-Quickstep won the men's team time trial and Germany's Specialized-Lululemon won the women's race to open the world road cycling championships on Sunday.

The six-man Omega team, starring Tom Boonen of Belgium and Tony Martin of Germany and local favorite Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands, completed the 53.2-kilometer (33-mile) course through the rolling hills of Limburg province in the southern Netherlands in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 17.17 seconds, at an average speed of 50.5 kph (31.4 mph).

"Unbelievable. What a team," Terpstra said. "It went so smoothly, it was a kick to ride with a team like that."

U.S. team BMC Racing was second, just 3.23 seconds back, as American rider Taylor Phinney, who finished fourth in the London Olympics individual time trial and road race, struggled up the final Cauberg climb. Orica Greenedge of Australia was third.

Britain's Sky team was ninth, as it rested Olympic individual time trial and Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and Tour runner-up Chris Froome.

Pre-race favorite Specialized-Lululemon won the women's race over 34 kilometers (21 miles) in 46.31 minutes at an average speed of just over 44 kph (27 mph). Australia's Orica AIS was second and Dutch team AA Drink third.

"It was really hard. It was a really challenging, technical course," said Evie Stevens of the Specialized team.

The races marked a return to the world championships of team time trials after a 17-year absence and the debut of the race for pro outfits instead of national teams.

Teams started with six riders and their final time was set by the fourth rider across the finishing line.

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