Mitchelton-SCOTT men match women for 5th at World TTT Championships

Sun 23 Sep 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT men have matched the result of their women’s counterparts to finish fifth in the UCI World Championship Team Time Trial in Innsbruck today.

The Australian outfit started strong as the fastest team through first immediate time check before settling for fifth, 57seconds down on winners Quickstep Floors.

First intermediate check:
As Mitchelton-SCOTT reached the first intermediate check point after 22.8km of racing they recorded the fastest time, averaging 61.5kmph to be 27.61seconds faster than Team Katusha-Alpecin with five strong teams still to pass.

The Australian team maintained the top position after the passing of all teams, with almost eight second’s advantage on their closest rival, BMC Racing Team. 

Second check after the climb:
As the road profile headed upwards, the pure time trialists started to fatigue, with Mitchelton-SCOTT choosing to pace their effort to ensure numbers over the top. 

The result was a drop down in rankings by the second time check, sitting in fifth position at 30seconds down on Team Sunweb after 44.8km. 

The finish:
Whilst the top three teams battled it out for the medals, with just a few seconds separating them, Mitchelton-SCOTT settled for fifth place.

Eventually, it was Quickstep Floors who took the gold medal, 56.68seconds faster than the Australian team.

Matt White:
“We knew we had to go out fast, you can’t give away time, but the guys actually went out a bit faster than we expected and were really hauling it on the way down to the bottom of the climb.

“We lost all of our time on the climb. Coming down, Quickstep have taken 20seconds out of everyone and we actually made a little bit of time back but we’d lost too much on the climb and it wasn’t enough to bring it back for a medal. 

“We called the team to ease a little bit because we wanted to go over the climb with six if it was possible. We went over with five, but we definately couldn’t afford to go with four and at the end of the day that has cost us. 

“Championships are all about medals so we’re obviously disappointed that we didn’t get a medal, but team time trials are important disciplines and it’s another pressure situation we can learn from. Collective strength is the key and you need all six guys really on their best form which didn’t happen today.”

Luke Durbridge:
“We came in with the ambition to try to get a medal, we had a really strong team and started really well.

“It was a super fast course and the start was just a tunnel of speed, we were going 60-65kmph for the first 30-40km so we gave ourselves every chance to win it. 

“The climb was always going to be our weakest point having bigger guys in the team, but we rode it the best we could. We probably had to slow down a little bit which costed us in the end but that’s the way we rode and we have to be happy with that.”

UCI World Championships Mens Team Time Trial Results:
1. Quickstep Floors 1:07:25
2. Team Sunweb +18.46
3. Team Sky +19.55
5. Mitchelton-SCOTT +56.68

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.