Mitchelton-SCOTT solid in Tour de France stage two team time trialSun 7 Jul 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT put in a solid display in the stage two team time trial at the Tour de France, as attention now turns to a tough opening week of racing.
The squad negotiated the Brussels course in a time of 29’38” to finish 41-seconds down on eventual stage winners Team Jumbo-Visma, but crucially kept within 20-seconds of a number of general classification hopefuls.
Mitchelton-SCOTT were quick out of the blocks on the 27.6-kilometre course as they powered to the fastest time over the first 10-kilometres, taking the top spot by a slender two-seconds in the early stages.
With a strong start to their effort, focus then turned to the first intermediate split at 13.2-kilometres into the course and the eight riders passed through Bois de la Cambre split six-seconds down on the fastest intermediate time set by Team Katusha Alpecin.
The squad continued to rotate well with Brit Adam Yates sitting towards the back of the group as he looked to conserve energy while brother Simon dropped off the back after with 11-kilometres to go, with his contribution to the effort done for the day.
Despite working well together the team lost more time on the run to the second and final intermediate split, setting the sixth fastest time at 18-seconds down. Former team pursuit world champion Michael Hepburn then moved to the front of the group for the last time before peeling off after a strong effort.
The team were down to four riders coming into the home stretch with national time trial champions Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey leading home Adam Yates and Matteo Trentin to finish 20-seconds down on the current fastest time.
It was then a waiting to game to see how the remaining teams would fare over the course and if they could topple the time set by Team INEOS. Several teams went close but in the end, it was the final team down the start ramp, Team Jumbo-Visma who took the stage win, making it 11th on the stage for Mitchelton-SCOTT.
“It was tough out there, for me personally at the beginning I sat in a little bit to make sure I could just get to the finish. We’ve got some strong guys in the team and they were pulling some really big turns.”
“We did a good ride, I’m not quite sure on all the splits yet, but once we get back to the hotel or the bus we can have a look and a sit down and take it from there. I think as a team we can be happy with that, yeah we would have liked to win, we would have liked to have taken some time out of some rivals, but it is what it is.”
“I think for all the teams it’s a stressful day, it’s not easy getting eight guys coordinated and ready to go, but throughout the years I’ve been with this team we’ve done a good job at that, and today was another day of going through the motions.”
Matt White (Sports Director):
“It definitely wasn’t our best team time trial, as a team we underperformed today, but all of the boys gave 100%, but it just wasn’t good enough today. It’s one day, one day of the Tour de France, it wasn’t a bad time trial, but it certainly wasn’t up to the level of performance we expected from the guys.”
“We’re a little bit behind some of the GC favourites and we’re little bit ahead of some of the GC favourites. There’s a long way to go and we’ve just got to refocus on what’s coming up, and what’s coming up is some pretty intense days in the next three or four stages.”
“This won’t be the difference in winning this Tour de France, that’s for sure. We lost 40-seconds to one rider and that was Steven Kruijswijk, all the other GC favourites are within 20-seconds. But this doesn’t change anything, that’s the thing with the Tour, it’s very cliché but that’s three-week stage racing, you’ve got to focus on what’s coming up.”
Tour de France 2019 Stage 2 (TTT) Results:
1. Team Jumbo-Visma 28:57
2. Team INEOS +0:20
3. Deceuninck - Quick Step +0:21
11. Mitchelton-SCOTT +0:41
General Classification After Stage 2:
1. Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) 4:51:34
2. Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) +0:10
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) ST
49. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:51
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