Specialized-Lululemon pulverize the other women in Ponferrada

Well, what can you say about a team that wins the World Championship by over a minute? Absolutely dominant.

Specialized-Lululemon smashed the 36km course at an average speed of 49.8 km/h – my quads just cramped up from typing that – and nobody else came close.

Orica-AIS rode an excellent race to finish with the silver medal, an improvement on last year’s bronze. All that endurance track talent is paying off!

However, it was a rare disaster for the Rabo-Liv team, with the team crashing spectacularly out of the race, with Anna Van der Breggen and Annemiek Van Vleuten requiring visits to hospital.

Even more shocking, superstar Marianne Vos had already been dropped, seemingly unable to match her team’s pace. With Vos showing uncharacteristic weakness, and two key support riders injured, the Dutch tilt at the road race later this week looks a lot less unstoppable than it did a few days ago.

Now, nobody wants to see crashes, but as they go, this one was an absolute belter. Have a look at the video below. The crash is at 4’40”.

Ow.

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