Etixx-QuickStep ended BMC Racing's winning streak in the men's event ©Twitter/UCI Cycling

Etixx-QuickStep and Boels Dolmans emerged as the victors of the team time trials as the International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships got underway in Doha, Qatar.

Having won the 2012 and 2013 editions of the event, the Belgium based Etixx-QuickStep were aiming to regain the men’s title, having lost out of BMC Racing in the past two years.

Boasting the three-time individual world time trial champion Tony Martin and fellow German Marcel Kittel, their six-man team were viewed as one of the favourites heading into the race.

After a strong ride on the technical 40 kilometre course, Etixx-QuickStep crossed the line in a time of 42 min and 32 sec.

Their effort proved enough to deny BMC Racing a third straight crown, with the American registered team finishing 12 seconds off the pace.

Orica-Bikeexchange, whose time would end up 37 seconds down on the winners, pipped Team Sky to take the final podium spot.

“It’s a really emotional victory for me,” said Martin, who will ride for Katusha next year.

“It’s a dream that came true.

“It was the perfect final for me, the perfect moment to leave the team with a fantastic memory.”

Boels Dolmans were crowned winners of the women's event after a comfortable victory ©Getty Images
Boels Dolmans were crowned winners of the women's event after a comfortable victory ©Getty Images

Evelyn Stevens, who would retire at the conclusion of the women’s team time trial, departed on a high after being a member of the victorious Boels Dolmans.

The American was part of their six rider selection, which also contained current women’s road world champion Lizzie Deignan of Britain.

A dominant performance saw Boels Dolmans finish 48 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals, the defending champions Canyon-SRAM, having triumphed in 48:42.

Cervelo-Bigla secured the bronze medal, after they finished in a time of 50:38.

Racing will continue tomorrow in Doha with the junior women and the men’s under-23 individual time trials, which will both held over 28.9km.