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Team time trial to be ditched from World Championships after Innsbruck

Joe Robinson
21 May 2018

All UCI WorldTour teams to be invited to 2018 edition as event set to be dropped from schedule

The team time trial is set to be dropped by the UCI after the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, it confirmed in a statement today.

Cycling's governing body revealed that the team event would not be part of the programme for the 2019 Yorkshire event, writing 'The 2018 edition will be the final year of the team time trial organised for UCI registered teams.

'The UCI is reviewing the UCI Road World Championships programme for 2019 in collaboration with the Yorkshire 2019 organising committee to ensure excellent visibility for National Federations and riders.'

In the same statement, the UCI also confirmed that all 18 men's WorldTour teams will be invited to compete in Innsbruck alongside the top ranked ProContinental and Continental teams. For the women's event, the top ranked 15 teams will be invited.

It comes as no surprise that the TTT has been dropped from the Worlds programme. Since its reintroduction in 2012, it has been raced by trade teams as opposed to nations with participation by WorldTour teams mandatory.

This has led to the less able TTT teams often criticising the financial burden of having to supply a team and staff. 

Others, however, have prospered most notably BMC Racing, Quick-Step Floors and the women's Specialized-lululemon team, who took the first three women's TTT titles.

In the men's competition, BMC have managed to take the title twice while Quick-Step have notched up three victories. The current defending champions of both the men's and women's race are Team Sunweb. 

Despite this constant friction between the UCI and participating WorldTour teams, the governing body finished its statement by writing 'The UCI Teams participating in the 2018 edition will be announced at a later date.

'The UCI wishes to thank the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP) for its collaboration on this subject.'