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  Outside the World Championships Open de Suède Vargarda TTT is the only real opportunity for teams to test themselves in the discipline in race conditions and over a proper distance. Velocio-SRAM has won the last three editions and all three TTT World titles.

2014 Results

4 ORICA-AIS +2:51.0
8 RUSVELO +5:05.4
10 TIBCO / TO THE TOP +5:45.2

Past Winners

2014 - Specialized–lululemon
2013 - Specialized–lululemon
2012 - Specialized–lululemon
2011 - HTC-Highroad
2010 - Cervélo TestTeam
2009 - Cervélo TestTeam
2008 - Cervélo Lifeforce

The Route

The 42.5 kilometre race starts with an out and back 32km course (15.4km each way). Upon arriving back in Vargarda teams do a lap of the course from the road race on Sunday.

Mostly flat but there is some undulation along the way and a climb in the final circuit. Teams will need to measure themselves over the course.

The Contenders


Defending champions having won three times in a row as Specialized-lululemon, with HTC having won the year before making it four. The team has been unbeatable in the discipline and even last year when it looked as though they might be challenged they proved everyone wrong winning in convincing style.

A TTT is not just about one rider and the team has six of the strongest riders in the peloton. World Champion Lisa Brennauer, German and U23 European Champion Mieke Kroger, Canadian Champion Karol-Ann Canuel, Belarusian Champion Alena Amialiusik plus the strong Trixi Worrack and Elise Delzenne. The team is looking as strong as ever and will be hard to beat.


After finishing second last year and a late crash at the world championships expect to see Rabo motivated for that top step. They bring a strong team lead by Anna Van der Breggen and Shara Gillow two of the worlds top time trialists. Lucinda Brand adds her considerable power to the team and Kasia Niewiadoma, Moniek Tenninglo and Thalita de Jong are all very strong.

Boels Dolmans

The team has had an increased focus on the discipline and their signings over the past two years have gone a long way to boosting their TTT squad. Unfortunately for them former ITT world champion Ellen Van Dijk will miss the race as she recovers from a broken collarbone.

After finishing fourth last year edging Orica-AIS for the final podium spot they will be chasing another podium finish this year. Evelyn Stevens brings considerable strength to the team after her three TTT world titles with what is now Velocio-SRAM. Former team pursuit world champion Lizzie Armitstead is another invaluable rider while Chantal Blaak, Kasia Pawlowska, Christine Majerus and Romy Kasper boost the strong line up.


Finished fourth last year and it was a bit of a surprise to see them miss the podium. Along with Velocio-SRAM they are the one team to earn medals at all three TTT World Championships, with two silver and a bronze. With the likes of Katrin Garfoot, Amanda Spratt, Gracie Elvin and Valentina Scandolara the team has some big engines and with Lizzie Williams and Sarah Roy the team is going to fighting for the medals.

It is a very different team to the past though with a number of the key riders having moved on. Gone is Shara Gillow (to Rabo), Loes Gunnewijk (retired) but it is the absence of Melissa Hoskins who has returned to Australia to prepare for 2015-2016 on the track that is their biggest disadvantage. Hoskins is one of only three riders with a medal at all three TTT world titles and her team pursuit background on the track made her one of the best in the world in the TTT.


After a busy off season recruiting some of the sports biggest names Bigla will look to improve on their fifth place in 2014. With three national champions Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA), Doris Schweizer (SUI) and Lotta Lepisto (FIN) plus US silver medallist Carmen Small and the strong Vera Koedooder and Joelle Numainville the team looks set to challenge.

Wiggle Honda

When first formed the TTT was a big priority for the team but they never really managed to fire and challenge the best names in the sport. Wiggle didn't race here last year but brings a strong team lead by team pursuit world champions Annette Edmondson and Dani King. Another track specialist Jolien D'hoore adds considerable firepower as do Elisa Longo Borghini, Audrey Cordon and Emilia Fahlin. Wiggle is locked in a close battle with Rabo and Boels Dolmans for the lead in the World Cup rankings so expect a strong performance to keep them in contention.
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