Durbridge into first leader’s jersey after Mitchelton-SCOTT win opening TTT at Czech Tour

Thu 15 Aug 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT has won the opening stage team time trial at Czech Tour, taking 16seconds out of their closest rivals with three road stages to come. 

The Australian outfit, which boasts five 2019 Tour de France representatives and a number of time trial specialists, had targeted the 16km race against the clock, eventually completely the course in 18’36”. 

Local pro-continental outfit Elkov-Author finished in second place 16seconds down whilst Bora-Hansgrohe, the second WorldTour outfit in the race, finished 21seconds down.

Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge will wear the leader’s jersey on tomorrow’s opening road stage after crossing the line first for Mitchelton-SCOTT.

Luke Durbridge:
“The team was really good, we executed the course really well and it’s always nice to get a victory.

“As a team we always pride ourselves on team time trialling, and I think the team rode really well.  

“To take the jersey from a team ride, you always feel very privileged, so I’m happy to wear it tomorrow but it was 100% a team ride and we did a great job today.

“We’re here with quite lofty ambitions, today was stage one and we ticked that box. Onto tomorrow and hopefully we can hold onto the jersey all the way to the end.”  

Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“I’m not sure of the average speed in the end, but it was fast. It was and out and back TT with a hilly loop on the end. It wasn’t so technical, there was a couple of tight corners, but the vast majority of the course was quite fast and flowing.

“It wasn’t our smoothest of TTT performances but at the end of the day the guys got the job done on a course where we were expected to win.

“We came here to win the Tour and that hasn’t changed. Certainly, it won’t be with Luke but it’s nice, like in Tirreno when Michael Hepburn took the jersey after the TT, that he could take the jersey today.

"Heppy and Durbo have been the back bone of our team time trial victories over the last seven years, so for those guys to get their day in the limelight, it’s great and Luke is a well-deserved leader of day-one for us.” 

Czech Tour – Stage 1 TTT Results:
1. Mitchelton-SCOTT 18:35
2. Elkov-Author +0:16
3. Bora-Hansgrohe +0:21

Czech Tour – General Classification after Stage 1:
1. Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 18:35