Sat 22/09/2018

Up next: UCI Women’s and Men’s Team Time Trials

The favourites:

From 10.10 (first team to start in Ötztal, Area 47) to 12.05 (last team to finish in Innsbruck, Rennweg): Women. Distance: 54.5km. Defending champions: Team Sunweb (Ned). 12 teams in contention. Among the favourites: Team Sunweb (Ned); Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam (Ned); Canyon // SRAM Racing (Ger); Wiggle High5 (GBR); Mitchelton-Scott (Aus).


From 14.40 (first team to start in Ötztal, Area 47) to 17.05 (last team to finish in Innsbruck, Rennweg): Men. Distance: 62.8km. Defending champions: Team Sunweb (Ger). 17 teams in contention. Among the favourites: BMC Racing Team (USA); Mitchelton - Scott (Aus); Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (Ned); Quick-Step Floors (Bel); Team Sky (GBR); Team Sunweb (Ger).


Among the teams competing in the UCI Men’s Team Time Trial will be the Tirol Cycling Team. It is planned that the under 23 formation will be the first to roll down the ramp at the start location AREA 47 in the Ötztal Valley. The team will be riding with a saddle-mounted camera transmitting live images of the racing action to international TV stations. 


The Tirol Cycling Team riders: 

Florian Gamper, Austria: 19, 6th (Under 19) 2017 European Road Race Championships, Mario Gamper, Austria: 19, 12th (Under 19) 2017 UCI Road World Championships, Tobias Bayer, Austria: 18, Austrian Under 19 Time Trial Champion in 2017, 7th (Under 19) 2017 European Road Race Championships, Georg Zimmermann, Germany: 20, stage win at 2018 Giro del Friuli, 16th overall 2018 Tour de l'Avenir, Johannes Schinnagel, Germany: 22, 9th 2018 Giro del Belvedere, 10th 2018 Under 23 Gent-Wevelgem, 6th overall 2018Tour of Antalya, Manuel Porzner, Germany: 22, 1st 2018 Bundesliga Sauerland-Rundfahrt, 2nd on 2nd stage of 2018 Gemenc GP, 5th 2018 GP Kranj. 


The Tirol Cycling Team has produced a host of top riders such as Gregor Mühlberger, Georg Pöstlberger, Patrick Konrad (all BORA-hansgrohe), Michael Gogl (Trek-Segefredo) and Georg Preidler (Groupama-FDJ) who today ride for UCI WorldTour teams and will be competing in the Men Elite Road Race on Sunday, 30.9.2018.



The course

The UCI Women’s & Men’s Team Time Trials will both start at the AREA 47 outdoor adventure centre at the entrance to the Ötztal Valley. The riders will pass through the regions of Imst and Innsbruck-Land before reaching the regional capital Innsbruck. From AREA 47 to the village of Zirl the course is identical for the UCI Women’s & Men’s Team Time Trials. In Kematen the men turn off and complete a 4 km climb with a maximum gradient of 13% to the village of Axams. Once they have reached the plateau they descend at full speed through the village of Götzens and back down into the valley at Völs. From Kranebitten on the edge of Innsbruck they ride through the district of St. Nikolaus all the way to the Kettenbrücke bridge, where they turn and sprint for the line in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.


The Team Time Trials

The Team Time Trials at the UCI Road World Championships feature teams of six riders. The teams start at intervals of between two and three minutes. The team which completes the course in the fastest time wins the race. Of the six riders who start, only four must reach the finish – the clock stops when the fourth rider in the team crosses the line. Slipstreaming is an essential element of efficient time-trial riding. One rider rides at the front of the group and provides a slipstream for the other riders behind, thereby enabling them to save energy. Riders take turns at riding on the front of the group. By taking turns and swapping on and off efficiently they can average speeds of over 50km/h. Courses are usually between 20 and 40 kilometres for the UCI Women’s Team Trial and between 40 and 60 kilometres for the UCI Men’s Team Trial. All UCI teams (UCI World Teams, UCI Professional Continental Teams, UCI Continental Teams, UCI Women’s Teams) are entitled to compete. Team Time Trials are the only races at the World Championships where riders compete not for their countries but instead for their trade teams. These will be the last World Championships at which the Team Time Trials will take place in this format.


Traffic and transport

Traffic and travel information from the local authorities (Tirolean Regional Government, emergency services, etc.) for today and a look ahead to tomorrow can be found here: 


Side events

  • Start location Ötztal: free access to AREA 47 with big screens showing the races 
  • Presentation ceremonies in the finish area in Innsbruck after the conclusion of the races
  • From 19:00 in the finish area: Ö3 Open Air WM Clubbing with top DJs Felix Jaehn and Möwe – presented by MAPEI


Felix Jaehn

His 2015 remix of the reggae hit “Cheerleader” by OMI made him world famous. DJ Felix Jaehn will be on the decks on day two of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships to get the party started in the finish area. The 23 year-old has performed hits such as “2hot2touch“ and “Bonfire” around the world. 



Also performing on stage today will be the deep house and indie pop duo Möwe, who recently won an award in the category Electronic/Dance at the prestigious Amadeus Austrian Music Awards. The two young men from Vienna shot to fame in 2017 with their single Skyline and have since established themselves as one of the hottest new acts on the international music scene.



  • If possible, try and leave your car at home today. We recommend using the local public transport network – it is completely free of charge for holders of a finish area ticket, and there will be even more trains running than usual in order to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. There will be one extra train an hour between Innsbruck and Ötztal as well as some additional services between Innsbruck and Kufstein.
  • Stay up to date in real time with public transport timetables at and using the VVT SmartRide App.
  • All the latest traffic and travel information is available at and via the ÖAMTC App. 
  • Click on the following link for information about parking around Innsbruck
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