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RSS FeedsHepburn: It`s time we pulled off Worlds TTT win
(Cyclingnews.com)

 
 

16 september 2017 21:20:58

 
Hepburn: It`s time we pulled off Worlds TTT win
(Cyclingnews.com)
 




For the majority of the cycling fraternity, the team time trial at the World Championships is little more than the curtain raiser for a week of racing that builds towards the elite road races. Yet, for Michael Hepburn (Orica-Scott), it´s the highlight of the entire year. The Australian, who came through the ranks as part of his national track programme, has been a mainstay in Orica-Scott`s Worlds TTT set-up since 2013, picking up two silver medals and a bronze for his efforts. But, like his team, Hepburn has yet to taste victory in the most important time trial on the UCI calendar. `It´s my favourite day of the year, the team time trial,` he tells Cyclingnews after one final reconnaissance of the 42.5km course in Bergen. `I think a lot of my teammates share the same passion for it. You´ve got the team aspect to it, it´s time trialling, so I love that, and it´s a bit like the pursuit on the track. I really enjoy it and you can see the standard getting higher and higher every year. We´ve been close a number of times and it´s about time we pulled it off.` Orica have only missed the podium once since the event´s inception in 2012, and were brutally cut adrift of the win by under a second in 2013. The team may not have won a TTT since the 2015 Giro d´Italia - when Hepburn was also in the team - but they remain a real threat for Sunday´s test. Along with BMC Racing, Team Sky, and defending champions Quick-Step Floors, they are among the favourites. `We´ve always been up there and we´ve won other teams time trials,` Hepburn says, making his case for an Orica success. `We have a really solid group and we´ve been training and racing together for a number of years. It´s a very even group and there´s no `stand-outs´. We´re all at a really high level. I really believe that we can be around the mark. We´ve been trying for a few years now, and our big goal is to win.` Orica arrived in Norway over a week ago and have spent the last few days analysing the course in gre ...
 
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