Marianne Vos's Rabobank-Liv team crash out of TTT world championship (video)

Dutch team see podium chances fall away after colliding with barrier in closing kilometres of the team time trial world championship race

Having looked like they were in with a chance of a podium finish as they approached the closing kilometres of the women's team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, Rabobank-Liv saw their chances instantly vanish as three of the four remaining riders in the team all hit the floor in a horrible crash.

The crash came as a result of Annemiek van Vleuten, who was leading on the front, seemingly clipping the foot of the metal barrier as the team approached the bend. Only one team member managed to get through the crash unscathed, but Rabo's challenge had instantly dissolved at that point.

Marianne Vos had surprisingly already been dropped by her teammates just after the second time checkpoint on the course, perhaps in an aim to save herself for individual events later next week, and so wasn't involved in the crash.

Specialized-Lululemon took the victory for the third consecutive time, finishing 1-17 ahead of Orica-AIS and 2-19 ahead of Astana BePink who finished in silver and bronze position respectively over the 36km course in Ponferrada, Spain.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).