Mitchelton-SCOTT fight to fourth on the first TTT stage to get the Giro-Rosa underwayFri 5 Jul 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT women kicked off their 2019 Giro-Rosa campaign today with a promising performance in the opening stage team time trial, securing fourth place and gaining some time on some key general classification contenders.
Taking their chances with a fast start, the team had the challenge of managing rider efforts throughout the hilly time trial. After 18kilometres of racing it was Canyon-SRAM that proved to be the strongest combined team on the day to take the stage win.
Pacing proves vital
With a climb right from the word go, the main and most crucial tactic for the stage proved to be pacing. With 18kilometres to cover in 35degree heat, it was a hard awakening to the 10-day race and many teams suffered, losing riders early on and fighting to keep four-riders all together for the finish line.
New best times
As each of the teams completed the distance, the fastest time continued to be broken. Lotto-Soudal set the first bench mark of 33minutes 48seconds before Bigla Team blasted through with a time of 32minutes 05seconds which eventually proved to be good enough for second place.
Starting as the pentulimate team, Mitchelton-SCOTT had a rough idea of what was needed and set off at a high pace.
Four to finish
The team set off fast up the first climb and eventually were down to four-riders with Grace Brown had an incredible ride in her first ever TTT with the team, continuing to suffer and stay with her three climbing teammates, world time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten, Lucy Kennedy and Amanda Spratt.
The squad battled on to cross the line 53seconds down on the race winners but with many big names and general classification riders from the likes of Team Sunweb, Boels-Dolmans and Trek-Segafredo further seconds behind.
“I think we can be really proud of the ride today, I don’t think in all of my career I have done a time trial like that. I think most teams found it hard to manage the ability between the first rider and the fourth rider with the terrain of that course.
“We took a risk early on, we went a bit hard up the first climb and Grace was left as our fourth rider then and she was absolutely amazing today. She was our hero today, suffering and we were just encouraging her and trying to get her through to the finish.
“There could have been much bigger time gaps today, I think we are in a good position, we made a bit of time on Boels-Dolmans, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo. We aren’t too far behind CCC, and Canyon-SRAM just had a great ride today. We can be happy with this."
Martin Vestby - Sport Director
“We took a chance opening at that pace, they girls went a little bit faster than we had planned but we adjusted to that and were willing to take that risk and we paid for it at the end.
“We didn’t lose that much time and we beat some GC riders that can be good contenders in the GC later in the week so in total I think we did well and we are in quite a good position.”
Giro-Rosa - Stage 1 TTT Results:
1. Canyon-SRAM 31:41
2. Bigla Team +0:24
3. CCC-Liv +0:45
4. Mitchelton-SCOTT +0:53
General Classifcation after stage 1:
1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) 31:41
2. Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) ST
3. Omar Shapira (Canyon-SRAM) ST
13. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:53
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