European Championships kicked off Wednesday with the mixed team time trial in Alkamaar, the Netherlands. CCC-Liv’s Riejanne Markus was included among the male and female athletes making up the Netherlands team who claimed victory in the inaugural event on home soil.
The mixed team time trial replaces the trade team time trial event in the European Championships for the first time. Teams are comprised of three male and three female time trial specialists from each country, rather than by the team they race for during the regular season. This same format will also be used at the upcoming World Championships in Yorkshire, England next month.
The three men from each team took to the 22.4km course first, followed by the women who departed the start/finish when the second man crossed the line. Both the men and the women from the Netherlands rode strong laps, finishing with a time of 52:49 and beating their nearest competitor, Germany, by 14 seconds.
Marianne Vos, who was originally included in the mixed team for European Championships, was forced to pull out of the race with a minor injury.
“If I race in the time trial position, I suffer from a slight irritation in the gluteal muscles,” said Vos. “I had to make a choice in view of the road race on Saturday.”