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Only 12 WorldTour teams to participate in final team time trial World Championships

Joe Robinson
7 Aug 2018

Six teams decide to skip event that will no longer be part of the calendar in 2019

Only 12 of the 18 men's WorldTour teams have been confirmed for the final team time trial at the UCI World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. Six WorldTour teams have decided to skip the event that will take place on Sunday 23rd September, despite being invited. 

In press release, the UCI announced the squads that will be on the start line for the team time trial event, confirming that six teams from cycling's top tier will be absent.

The teams that decided against riding the event are Bahrain-Merida, Groupama-FDJ, Lotto-Soudal, Dimension Data, EF-Drapac and UAE-Team Emirates.

This means that the three previous men's winners of the event (Team Sunweb, Quick-Step Floors and BMC Racing) will be participating in the final edition.

The competing WorldTour teams will be joined by the Austrian Continental teams Tirol Cycling, Hrinkow Advarics and Felbermayr-Simplon Wels that have all been invited to join the event. 

For the women's event, 15 UCI teams will be invited to race based on a qualification process. Women's teams with interest in riding will be given the opportunity at the Postnord UCI WWT Vargarda WestSweden TTT (11 August), the new team time trial during the Ladies Tour of Norway (16 August) and the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (15 September) to qualify for the event.

It is likely that defending champions Team Sunweb and former champions Boels-Dolmans will be on the start line.

Since its reintroduction in 2012, the TTT has come under heavy criticism for placing added financial burdens on trade teams that have to supply staff and equipment to the race. 

This has seen the event become dominated by specific teams in both the men's and women's events over the previous seven seasons. 

This saw the UCI announce in May that Innsbruck would host the final World Championships team time trial event citing that it would 'review its programme ahead of Yorkshire 2019'.