The 2018 Innsbruck World Championships has already been notable for its incredibly tough course design. The route looks set to produce some exciting racing and will certainly be a significant test for even the best riders. However, the Innsbruck World’s will be remembered for another – perhaps more significant – reason.
2018 marks the final edition of the World Team Time Trial championships. After its re-introduction in 2012, the Championships have come under criticism due partly to the fact that riders represent their trade teams not their national teams – as was the case in the previous iteration of the event, which spanned from 1962 till 1994.
However, not all those in the cycling world will be pleased to see the TTT left out of future World Championships. Quick-Step Floors manager Patrick Lefevere, was especially displeased at the UCI’s decision saying "I think that is not a shame, but a disgrace, the UCI says that at the request of the teams, not all teams take part. As a World Tour Team, you should not look for excuses, I think. "
Lefevere’s Quick-Step team only this week won their 4th World Team Time Trial Championships, a doubly impressive feat given that the race is only in its 7th edition. The Wolf Pack once again proved why they are widely regarded as the best team in the world, beating the only other previous champions - Team Sunweb and BMC – into 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
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