Mitchelton-SCOTT off to a flying start at Tirreno-AdriaticoWed 7 Mar 2018
Australian WorldTour outfit Mitchelton-SCOTT began the 53rd edition of Tirreno-Adriatico in purposeful fashion today, flying to second place in the opening team time trial in Lido di Camaiore.
A superb and unified team effort saw Slovenian national champion Luka Mezgec put in a big turn ahead of Jack Bauer to get the team rolling on the pan flat course before big guns Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn rotated with Tour Down Under champion Daryl Impey ramping it up down the back straight.
The result is a great start to the week-long race with GC hopeful Adam Yates now in a good position after gaining time on some of the other contenders and sprinter Caleb Ewan looking ahead to a possible opportunity coming up on tomorrow’s stage two.
BMC-Racing-Team took the spoils on the day narrowly beating Mitchelton-SCOTT by only four seconds with Damiano Caruso moving into the race leaders jersey.
Best Times and The Eventual Winners:
Movistar, Team-Sky and Katusha-Alpecin were the first teams off with Sky setting the early benchmark with 22:28” for the 21.5kilometre course.
Not long after Mitchelton-SCOTT set the third fastest time at the split before turning into a cross headwind for the return leg. The team stayed focused and working as one to beat the time of Team-Sky by five seconds.
The time held until BMC-Racing Team crossed the line four seconds faster to take the stage win and the race lead.
Daryl Impey – South African national TT champion:
“I think we held it together pretty well out there and everybody stuck to the plan and we went out as hard as we could. The commitment was there right until the end and we are very happy to get Adam into a good position on the GC straight away.”
“We wanted to win today, we’ve got a strong team here and it would’ve been nice to see Luke pull on the leader’s jersey, but we are getting closer and closer now. For a couple of year’s we’ve been getting beaten by a fair margin, but we are closing the gap now and that’s important.”
Head sport director Matt White:
“What we saw today was a really selfless ride from the team. Our goal was to go out hard and that meant that we had to sacrifice a couple of guys, our sprinter Caleb, Luka and Jack all did what they could and kept the speed high which enabled us to have a very good ride today.”
“It’s always disappointing when you don’t win, but it was so close and overall we are happy with the result and how that sets us up for the rest of the week.”
Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 (TTT) results:
1. BMC-Racing-Team (00:22:19)
2. Mitchelton-SCOTT (+0:04)
3. Team-Sky (+0:10)
General Classification after stage one:
1. Damiano Caruso (BMC-Racing-Team) 00:22:19
2. Rohan Dennis (BMC-Racing-Team) ST
3. Patrick Bevin (BMC-Racing-Team) ST
5. Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:04
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