Mitchelton-SCOTT start the Tour de Suisse with fifth place in the opening TTT

Sat 9 Jun 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT time trialled into fifth place on today's first stage of Tour de Suisse, a 18kilometre team time trial in Frauenfeld.

The nine-day Swiss race kicked off with a rolling TTT with Mitchelton-SCOTT one of the latter teams to start they knew the time to beat.

It was team Quickstep-Floors who set the time to beat finishing the distance with 20minutes and 45seconds to wait in the hot seat for the final teams to finish.

BMC, one of the latest teams down the start ramp blasted around the course and set a time 19seconds better than Team Sunweb and 27seconds ahead of the original leaders Quickstep-Floors.

Mitchelton-SCOTT headed around the course to stop the clock with a time of 20minutes and 37seconds, good enough for fifth place to keep the team's general classification contenders in contention just 29seconds behind the new race leader Stefan Kung (BMC).

Jack Haig

"Everything went pretty smoothly today, we had a bit of a late change of riders with Luke Durbridge going home sick and Michael Hepburn coming in, that didn't effect our performance at all. Hepburn rode really well and the whole team did a good job considering we had four riders coming straight from the Giro.

"The course at the start was quite hard and hilly we had two real rises until the first time check at half way, on the way home it was quite fast and smooth and we did a really good job.

"Cameron Meyer coming from the Hammer Series TTT as well as coming off the track was super strong today and really helped the team performance . 

"We can be quite happy with fifth place and just 29seconds behind BMC, it sets us up well for the GC with myself and Roman Kreuziger and now we look forward to the next days of racing."

Tour de Suisse stage 1 TTT results:

1. BMC 20:18
2. Team Sunweb +0:19
3. Quickstep-Floors +0:27
5. Mitchelton-SCOTT +0:29

General classification after stage 1:

1. Stefan Kuge (BMC) 20:18
2. Richie Porte (BMC) ST
3. Greg Van Avermaert (BMC) ST
19. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:29

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