Vårgårda Team Time Trial 2018

During the course of the season I’ll spend upwards of 180 days away from home. I’m not sure you can still call a place home if you’re away so much but anyway… I get to see some truly beautiful places, but they aren’t the places that I enjoy visiting the most. Races take you back to many of the same places year after year. Places that otherwise, you’d have ever have even heard of, never mind have thought about visiting. Now some of these places (that will remain nameless) aren’t so desirable and you wonder ‘why am I coming back here?!’ but others are little gems that you grow an affection for, as you arrive you almost feel like coming home. Alingsås is one of those places.

The Swedish WorldTour races don’t include Alingsås in their routes but it is the main base for teams during the race weekend, just a short drive from the start/finish in Vårgårda. It’s a sleepy town centred around a pretty high street and park, with a disproportionate number of cafés for it’s population. It’s always nice to come back and try to spot the few things that have changed since my last visit.

Fun fact (according to Wikipedia): Amongst Alingsås’ most famous former residents is Jonas Alströmer, who introduced the potato to Sweden!

But enough of my rambling, onto the photos from a VERY wet TTT!

Birthday celebrations in the Wiggle High5 camp

Elena Cecchini prepares her stem notes

Clara Koppenburg warms up ahead of the race

Sarah Roy jokes about the rain

Anna van der Breggen has a pre-warm up stretch

Movistar Women’s Team in the pouring rain

Very wet roads!

Spare wheels at the ready

Anna van der Breggen checks the countdown clock on the start ramp

Chantal Blaak eyes up the road ahead

Team Virtu Cycling Women the fastest of the early starters

Cervélo Bigla on their way to third place

Team Sunweb storming to second

Boels Dolmans on their way to three in a row at Vårgårda

Who needs an umbrella when you’ve got podium flowers? – Karol-Ann Canuel

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