Stevens assists in TTT World Championship win

American Evelyn Stevens helped Boels-Dolmans to its first ever team time trial world championship win on Sunday, opening up action at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Boels-Dolmans earned gold in 48:41.62, topping its 2015 Worlds silver medal earned in Richmond, Va. Canyon SRAM Racing took silver in 49:29.86, 48.24 seconds back, and the Cervello Bigla Pro Cycling Team notched a 50:38.09 clip to reach the third step of the podium in Doha.

American Amber Neben helped BEPINK to fourth in the event with a 51:27.65, 2:46.03 off the winning pace, while American team TWENTY16-Ridebiker, led by Kristin ArmstrongAllie DragooChloe Dygert and Leah Thomas, finished fifth in 51:28.35.

Taylor Phinney and Joseph Rosskopf helped lead the BMC Racing Team to men’s TTT silver, just missing out on a three-peat in the event. BMC crossed in 42:44.08, 11.69 seconds behind Etixx-Quick Step’s 42:32.39 gold medal pace. Orica-Bikeexchange finished third in 43:09.51.

Chad Haga rode for Team Giant-Alpecin, which finished seventh in 43:58.69.

Skylar Schneider (ISCorp Cycling p/b SmartChoice MRI) and Hannah Arensman (TWENTY16 Pro Cycling) narrowly missed the podium in the junior women’s TT, as Schneider clocked an 18:51.80 for fourth, followed immediately by Arensman with an 18:55.82 for fifth. The two Americans were less than 35 seconds off the winning pace of 18:21.77 set by Karlijn Swinkels (NED). Lisa Morzenti (ITA) and Juliette Labous (FRA) rounded out the podium in 18:29.12 and 18:43.12, respectively.

In the men’s U23 time trial, Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman) finished sixth in 35:02.26, and Geoffrey Curran (Axeon Hagens Berman) claimed seventh in 35:13.54, giving Team USA two more top-10 results on the day. Germany took gold and silver, as Marco Matthis (GER) and Maximilliam Schachmann (GER) crossed in 34:08.09 and 34:26.72. Miles Scotson (AUS) earned bronze in 34:46.07.

Full 2016 UCI Road World Championships Team Time Trial results