Procycling - - Women's 2017 World Tour - 1 Emilia Fahlin 2 Lotta Lepistö 3 Chan­tal Blaak

Af­ter the big name rid­ers have taken their sum­mer breaks, Vårgårda is tra­di­tion­ally where the pelo­ton re­assem­bles to start the cam­paign for the World Cham­pi­onships. There’s the stand­alone Vårgårda Team Time Trial, which is the only one re­ally com­pa­ra­ble to the Worlds TTT, and then the road race for the Clas­sics rid­ers and Worlds con­tenders.

The road race has been won in ev­ery way, and af­ter years of be­ing 12 fa­mil­iar laps that in­clude part of the TTT course, last year the or­gan­is­ers shook up every­thing, adding a brand new loop in­clud­ing gravel sec­tions. It still in­cludes the lap, with a hill, and the crit-like sec­tion in the town with tech­ni­cal cor­ners ithat test rid­ers’ skills un­der pres­sure.

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