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  Since the event was introduced in 2012 Specialized-lululemon or Velocio-SRAM as they are now known have not just won but dominated the event both at the World Championships and throughout the season. This year instead Rabo Liv comes in at the favourites after a winning the Crescent World Cup TTT in August.

Despite a number of top European squads not making the trip to Richmond, all the big team time trial squads are here and it is shaping up as the most closely contested after Velocio-SRAM won the last two editions by over one minute.

2014 Results

1 SPECIALIZED-LULULEMON
2 ORICA-AIS +1:17.56
3 ASTANA BEPINK +2:19.64
4 OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES +2:25.75
5 BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM +2:26.33
6 UNITEDHEALTHCARE +2:43.80
7 BIGLA CYCLING TEAM +2:55.54
8 TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO +3:45.05
9 HITEC PRODUCTS +4:01.38
10 RUSVELO +4:07.66
11 TIBCO / TO THE TOP +4:10.25
12 BTC CITY LJUBLJANA +4:19.93
13 TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN-PRO-DUO +5:45.82
14 RABO LIV WOMEN +10:05.32

Past Results

2014
1 SPECIALIZED-LULULEMON
2 ORICA-AIS +1:17.56
3 ASTANA BEPINK +2:19.64
4 OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES +2:25.75
5 BOELS DOLMANS CYCLING TEAM +2:26.33

2013
1 SPECIALIZED-LULULEMON
2 RABOBANK +1:11.09
3 ORICA-AIS +1:33.83
4 RUSVELO +2:02.31
5 MCIPOLLINI GIORDANA +2:18.83

2012
1 TEAM SPECIALIZED-LULULEMON
2 ORICA-AIS +24.19
3 AA DRINK-LEONTIEN.NL +1:59.32
4 RABO WOMEN +2:20.40
5 RUSVELO +2:30.58

The Route



The Contenders

Start list and start order available here

Rabo Liv

For the first time Rabo come in as the favourites off the back of a win at the Crescent World Cup, beating pre race favourites Velocio-SRAM by 26 seconds. After crashing in the closing kilometres last year and taking a commanding win at the Crescent World Cup Rabo will be as motivated as ever to take the world title. Just one change from the winning team in Sweden with Roxane Knetemann returning from injury to replace Moniek Tenniglo.

The team is arguably stronger than we saw in Sweden with Anna Van der Breggen, Shara Gillow, Lucinda Brand, Roxane Knetemann, Thalita De Jong and Katarzyna Niewiadoma. The 26 second margin in Sweden is a sign of how far they have come and the ground they have made up.

Velocio-SRAM

The team has won all three World titles but claiming a fourth will be their biggest challenge yet. The team as it stands is ending at the end of the season and will want to go out with another win. Won the short 15.1 kilometre TT at the Energiewacht Tour back in May but the more recent Crescent World Cup shows other teams have closed the gap. The team finished second behind Rabo by 26 seconds and just 3 seconds ahead of Boels Dolmans after losing a number of their strongest time trialists to rivals.

With a team that includes ITT World Champion Lisa Brennauer, Germany Champion Mieke Kroger, Canadian Champion Karol-Ann Canuel, Alena Amialiusik the champion of Belarus plus another specialist Trixi Worrack and Barbara Guarischi they will be fighting for the win even though they may have lost the favourite tag.

Boels Dolmans

A team that has had an increased focus on the discipline the past two years and the improvements have been evident. After finishing fifth last year the team had the third quickest time at the Crescent World Cup, just 29 seconds behind Rabo. But more importantly just three seconds behind Velocio-SRAM setting up a three-way battle for the world title.

The team is headlined by Ellen Van Dijk and Evelyn Stevens who are both formerly of Velocio-SRAM and are world champions in the discipline. Both are two of the best against the clock individually and their experience in the TTT is a big bonus. Former team pursuit world champion Lizzie Armitstead plus Chantal Blaak, Christine Majerus and Katarzyna Pawlowska complete a very strong team.

Wiggle Honda

When the team first arrived the TTT was a big focus but they never delivered. With a major recruitment drive over the off season they are now a much bigger force in the discipline. Track World Champions in the team pursuit Dani King and Annette Edmondson lead what is a very well rounded squad including Elisa Longo Borghini, Emilia Fahlin, Audrey Cordon and Jolien D'hoore who also adds her considerable strength.

The team finished fifth at the Crescent World Cup, 1:31 behind winners Rabo and still over one minute off the podium. The team has spent the past week in the US training and will be looking to challenge for the podium but beating Rabo, Velocio-SRAM or Boels Dolmans for that podium spot will not be easy.

Orica-AIS

In the past they have been one of the top three teams but with major changes they are not anywhere near the major force they once were. Finished a distant eighth at Crescent World Cup in a result that last year would have been unthinkable. They are missing their big engines especially team pursuit World Champion Melissa Hoskins, who is one of only three people with medals from the first three editions. Likewise the absence of Emma Johansson is a big disadvantage to the team and Jessie MacLean and Nettie Edmondson further deprive the team two of their former strongest riders in the disciple. Katrin Garfoot will be the big engine and pursuit specialist Macey Stewart will be important but their chances of a fourth consecutive medal are very slim.

Optum and UnitedHealthcare

While unlikely to cause an upset and finish on the podium the two US domestic teams could finish top five beating out a number of the bigger European based teams. It is a rare opportunity to race on US soil against the best in the world and as well as being a big motivator it is important for their sponsors. While neither raced at the Crescent World Cup they finished fourth and sixth respectively in Ponferrada last year.

Note: Optum crashed in a training ride. Maura Kinsella (concussion) and Annie Ewart (broken collarbone) are unable to start leaving the team with four riders.
 
 
         
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