Team BikeExchange battled back from an early mechanical to limit their losses and take 10th place in the opening stage team time trial at the Giro Donne.
Australian champion Sarah Roy suffered a dropped chain just after the squad rolled down the start ramp, with the 35-year-old forced to fight her way back to her teammates on the 26.6km course.
In the end the team crossed the line in a time of 35’11” to finish 10th on the stage, 1’31” down on the day’s winners Trek-Segafredo.
“It was a tricky start for us with bad luck. Unfortunately, Roy had a mechanical right at the start which cost us a lot of time, but we are happy she could come back into the group after 10kms and rotate again because she is one of our big engines.
It was a tough TTT, everyone gave their all and I am proud of all the girls and how we adapted quickly after the shaky start. Of course, we lost some time today on the GC which wasn’t our plan, but I think it’s important we look ahead now and keep good focus.
We know the shape is good and already tomorrow we have a very exciting stage with the mountain top finish up Prato Nervoso. I know we are ready!”
Martin Vestby – Head Sport Director
“Today didn’t go like we wanted. We had a technical problem just after the start ramp on the cobbles and a chain jumped up and jammed. It created a bit of panic and not a smooth rhythm like we wanted.
Tomorrow is a totally different day and it could be with that time lost today that we get a little bit more freedom in the stages coming up, with us being a little bit down on GC.”
2021 Giro Donne – Stage 1 Results:
1. Trek Segafredo Women 33:40
2. SD Worx 0:08
3. Ale BTC Ljubljana 0:40
10. Team BikeExchange 1:31
General Classification result after stage 1:
1. Ruth Winder
Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.