Mitchelton-SCOTT fight hard on stage 5 uphill TTT at OVO Tour of Britain to keep Meyer in contentionThu 6 Sep 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT had a strong performance in today's team time trial event at the OVO Tour of Britain, finishing in seventh place, to keep stage two winner Cameron Meyer in contention overall.
It was Team LottoNL-Jumbo who produced the fastest time of 19minutes and 37seconds to take the stage win and steal the race lead with Primoz Roglic.
After the event, Meyer slipped down to 10th place overall, but sitting just 42seconds behind the new race leader and with an hill-top finish tomorrow, the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider remains very much in contention.
First time TTT
For the first time in the race's history, the team time trial event made its debut and with a short distance of 14km raced uphill it caused some big changes to the overall standings.
Despite starting with just five riders, having lost Lucas Hamilton yesterday due to illness, the Australian squad paced themselves well on the heavy uphill drag to stop the clock with a time of 20minutes and 31seconds which put them into second place at the time being.
Changes to the GC
As the final team's began to complete the distance and cross the line, the standard picked up with Team Katusha and then Quickstep-Floors both dipping under the 20minute mark.
The race leading team BMC, struggled to finish under 20minutes which meant the race leader's jersey swapped shoulders over to Roglic, as the day caused a significant mix up to the overall standings heading into the final three stages. Tomorrow's hill-top finish on the same climb as today should cause more changes as the GC riders battle it out.
"We are really happy with the teams effort today in the TTT. We were down one rider from the start and had to use our sprinters Roger Kluge and Caleb Ewan to the best ability we could and it could not have gone much better.
"Tomorrow is the Queen stage so I will try to hold a top ten position in the overall. I didn’t think I would be in this position after the stage and although a hill top finish is not my speciality, I have nothing to lose so I will try and see what place I can finish tomorrow.
"We still have some sprint objectives on the final two stages with Caleb so tomorrow will be a bonus if I can stay in the top ten."
OVO Tour of Britain stage 5 TTT results:
1. LottoNL-Jumbo 19:37
2. Quickstep-Floors +0:16
3. Team Katusha Alpecin +0:20
7. Mitchelton-SCOTT +0:54
General classification after stage 5:
1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 15:45
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors) +0:06
3. Bob Jungels (Quickstep-Floors) +0:16
10. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:42
Photos courtesy of SWpix