Conserving Energy at La Vuelta Time Trial

Wed 4 Sep 2013

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard Trek) out-rode reigning Time Trial World Champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) to win the Tarazona individual time trial. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) regained the Vuelta a España red leader’s jersey off of Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard-Trek) after setting the fourth fastest time over the hilly 38.8km course.

“We’re still seeing a very open race,” commented Sport Director Matt Wilson. “We’ve already had quite a few uphill finishes and both an individual and team time trial, but the gaps are still very close. Your guess is as good as mine as to who is going to win this race.”

“I don’t expect much to change over the next few days,” Wilson added. “When we get to Andorra, that’s when a lot more will become clear in terms of the overall.”

While the time trial specialists and overall contenders put in their best rides, ORICA-GreenEDGE treated the stage 11 time trial as chance to save energy. Only Sam Bewley put in a full effort.

“Today was just a day to get through for us,” said Wilson. “It was a semi-rest day for the most of the guys. That said, the course was really hard. It was pretty much uphill for the first 18km. That section really hurt the guys.”

Simon Clarke was the best finisher for ORICA-GreenEDGE on the stage. He slotted into 54th place, exactly five minutes slower than Cancellara. Sam Bewley stopped the clock at 5’05, good for 65th place.

“Sam had a bit of a go for training purposes more than anything,” Wilson added. “He did a good ride for a bigger guy, and I know he’s happy with his performance on the flat section at the end.”

“The next two days are really good for us,” Wilson added. “We’re all looking forward to going after a result again.”