First introduced to the World Championships in 2019, the six-rider event with three women and three men in each team was on the agenda today in Flanders. The teams covered a 44.5km long course from Knokke-Heist to Bruges. After the men rolled out from the start house, they timetrialled over the 22.5km to Bruges before the three women took over and completed a lap, finishing back in the city. The Dutch squad, which won both the European and World titles in 2019, the German team, which took out the 2020 European title, and the Italian squad, which was victorious in Italy just a few weeks ago, sent strong lineups to the event and were the main favourites for today’s relay.
In the end, it was the German team, consisting of Lisa Brennauer, Mieke Kröger Lisa Klein, Tony Martin, Max Walscheid and Nikias Arndt, who took home the rainbow stripes ahead of The Netherlands and Italy.