On 16 September this year, in Valkebburg (the Netherlands), the team time trial will begin the World Road Cycling Championship.
Team time trial racing is making a comeback at the World Championship event after 18 years. Last year, the management of the UCI decided to bring time trials back to life, but in a slightly different format. In the team race, there will now be four, not six, cyclists ( the time achieved by the fourth cyclist crossing the finish line will be measured) and the distance will no longer be 100 km, but shorter by more or less a half. What’s more, the team race will open to professional teams (holding professional licences), not national teams as was the case in the past. Also, women will be allowed to race in team trials.During this year’s world championship in the Dutch town of Valkenburg, the distance for male cyclists will be 51 km and that for female cyclists will be shorter, i.e. 32 km. The men will start the race in Sittard. After the time trial route that includes a very “rigid” road up the Cauberg hill, the cyclists will finish the race in Valkenburg.Thanks to its points in the UCI ranking, the CCC Polsat Polkowice team has secured its right to race in the World Championship as one of six continental teams. The following cyclist will race in the team trial: Piotr Gawroński, Tomasz Kiendyś, Marek Rutkiewicz, Bartłomiej Matysiak, Nikolay Mihaylov, and Mateusz Taciak.
”I’m very happy that we’ve qualified for the World Championship event in a team time trial, and I look on it as the whole team’s great success,” said Piotr Wadecki. “I realise that the CCC Polsat Polkowice team will not play a major role in the team trial, but they will certainly take up the challenge against the best cyclists and will look on the race as a great lesson.” Today, the team, in including its sport director and service staff, arrived at their hotel in the