Sunweb beat Boels-Dolmans to win World Championships team time trial

Boels-Dolmans lead through all three of the intermediate time checks but faded shortly before the finish

(Image credit: Cor Vos)

Defending world team time trial champions Boels-Dolmans were unable to hold onto their title for another year, losing out to fellow Dutch outfit Team Sunweb in the first event of the Bergen 2017 UCI Road World Championships.

Boels, who were clear favourites at the start of the day, were without Lizzie Deignan who continues to recover from an operation, but they faced stiff competition from Sunweb as well as Canyon-SRAM and Cervélo-Bigla.

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Richard Windsor

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