RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The UCI Road World Championships started with the Women’s Team Time Trial Sunday morning. One of the teams competing in that event, Team Optum, allowed 8Sports to ride in its follow car as its cyclists tried to win a world title. Enjoy this exclusive inside look at the ups and downs of team time trial racing.
Team Optum crashed during a training run Saturday, and two of its six riders could not compete Sunday. With only one alternate, Optum raced with five instead of the usual six riders. The team started hot but ended up finishing ninth. Even so, more than 20 teams competed, so ninth was an accomplishment for the team; battered, bruised, but no broken; riding on.