Opening team time trial keeps ORICA-SCOTT in touch at Tirreno Adriatico

Wed 8 Mar 2017

ORICA-SCOTT finished in fifth place on the stage one team time trial at Tirreno Adriatico today, losing only 25seconds to eventual stage winners BMC.

Almost perfect conditions welcomed the riders to the start of the 52nd edition of the race with a pan flat 22.7kilometre team time trial the order of the day.

After initially occupying provisional fourth place with a time of 23minutes 45seconds, ORICA-SCOTT were nudged into fifth by stage winners BMC with Quick-Step Floors and Movistar in second and third place respectively.

“It was a good start to the race by us today,” said Sport director Matt White. “We knew we would be competitive and competitive we were. One of the most positive aspects is that we have given Adam Yates a good time to start with that keeps him very close to his general classification rivals.”

“Adam is only three seconds behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and we even managed to take some time out of some of the other guys so we are happy with how we’ve begun.

“Tomorrow is a long day, 230kilometres and one of the classic cross over opportunities for the climbers and the punchier riders in the field. It will be a pretty tough parcours with some challenging climbs and a demanding uphill finish.”

How it happened:

After experiencing adverse weather conditions similar to those in Paris-Nice in the days leading up to the race, the opening stage team time trial thankfully got underway under blue skies and brilliant sunshine.

In almost perfect conditions, with little wind the early time to beat for the 22.7kilometre course was set by Movistar with 23minutes 42seconds and ORICA-SCOTT preparing to roll down the start ramp at 14:50 local time.

Quick-Step Floors knocked Movistar out of the hot seat by a slim margin of five seconds with ORICA-SCOTT crossing the line eight seconds slower to move into provisional fourth place.

The situation didn’t change throughout the rest of the day until BMC, the last team, finally hit the course and posted the winning time of 23minutes 20seconds with ORICA-SCOTT in fifth.

Tomorrows stage two covers 229kilometres from Camaiore to Pomarance and is an almost mid mountain stage including over 1,400 altitude metres over an undulating route that winds through southern Tuscany.

Tirreno Adriatico stage 1 TTT results:

1. BMC Racing 00:23.20

2. Quick-Step Floors 00:23:37

3. Movistar 00:23:42

5. ORICA-SCOTT 00:23:45

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