Team Sunweb earned the top spot in the 2017 Cyclingnews reader poll in the Best Women’s Road Team category. The Dutch team beat out Boels-Dolmans in second and Orica-Scott in third.
Team Sunweb had a stellar season with a total of 14 victories largely due to multiple wins from Lucinda Brand, Coryn Rivera and Ellen van Dijk. Brand kicked off the season with a win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad ahead of the current road world champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) and current time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott).
In her first full European racing season, Rivera showed she earned her spot Team Sunweb with victories at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio and Tour of Flandres, two Women’s WorldTour victories that gave the American a stand-out early season. She went on to claim wins at the women’s Tour of California and Prudential RideLondon Classique, also Women’s WorldTour events. And ended up fourth overall in the series ranking.
Van Dijk continued the team’s winning success at the Healthy Aging Tour with a time trial stage win and a overall victory. She also won the time trial at the European Continental Championships and the prologue at the Ladies Tour of Norway. Other wins that contributed to the team’s success came from Leah Kirchmann, Juliette Labous and Julia Soek.
The team capped the season in the best possible way after winning the world title in the team time trial at the UCI World Championships in Bergen.
Boels-Dolmans had the most victories at 28 for the season, most coming from Van der Breggen, who won the inaugural Ardennes Classic – Amstel Gold, La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege – the Women’s Tour of California and the Giro Rosa. She also won the overall individual classification for the Women’s WorldTour.
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