Omega win team time-trial world title

Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step crosses the finish line during the men’s team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg, September 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

VALKENBURG, Netherlands, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step won the men’s team time-trial, a new event at the cycling world championships, on Sunday.

The Belgian 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 another Australian team, Orica-Greenedge, ended third, 47 seconds adrift of the winners.

Team Sky of Britain, who were without Tour de France winner and individual time-trial Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins, finished a disappointing ninth.

Omega Pharma-Quick Step were one of the favourites for the event 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 was quoted as saying in a team statement.

“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.

“I put this victory near my biggest, along with the Classics and the road world championship,” Boonen added.

Earlier on Sunday, German team Specialized-Lululemon took the women’s title ahead of Australia Orica-AIS and Dutch team AA Drink.

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