Female pedal power wows crowd

Cyclists broke the speed limit in Århus during Denmark's first ever World Cup event in women's cycling

The women riders on team Univega broke speed limits in Århus, in Jutland, to clinch a win in the Danish leg of the International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned Women's Road World Cup.

The race marks the first time a World Cup event in cycling has been staged on Danish soil and the 17 teams to take part impressed onlookers with their speed, reaching up to 50.7 km/h, reported daily newspaper MetroXpress.

Although the sunny weather saw more people heading to the beach than lining the course of leg known as the Ladies Golden Hour, Pat McQuaid, president of the UCI, was pleased with the turnout.

'There is a growing interest for women's cycling across Scandinavia and the audience got to see what the women can offer,' said McQuaid. 'I think that many male spectators got a new appreciation for the women after seeing the speeds they reached.'

Despite home-terrain advantage, the country's top female cyclist Linda Vilumsen, was not able to take the win. Along with her Netherlands-based team Buitenpoort-Flexpoint, the team finished just two seconds behind the Swiss winners who managed to complete the 41.4km leg in 0:52:03:19.

The top Danish team, Bianchi Aliverti Kookai, crossed the finish line as number eight, some four minutes behind the winners.

The teams go head-to-head next time during the French leg of the race. The World Cup is staged in 12 different events hosted mostly by Europeans countries.

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