Q&A With DS Matt Wilson on Dauphiné Stage 4

Wed 5 Jun 2013

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) dominated the Critérium du Dauphiné time trial, covering the 32.5 kilometres in 36’55. The Individual Time Trial World Champion bested Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) by 47”, but the effort from the young Australian was good enough to move into the yellow race leader’s jersey. Travis Meyer was the top ORICA-GreenEDGE rider on stage four, three minutes behind Martin in 33rd place.

The flat, fast course created some serious separations amongst the overall contenders and sets the stage for a battle royale in the remaining four days of racing. Sport Director Matt Wilson is back with the now-usual Q&A from France. 

Q: Who did we have riding for time today vs. riding just to finish?

Trav gave it a bit of a crack and did a pretty good ride. No one else really went full gas today. The rest were just going through the motions and tweaking positions. We saw today as a chance to rest up a bit for the coming stages.

Q: Why do we see such big differences on time trials that don’t include climbs?

The same reason we see big time differences when the uphill time trials. Some guys are faster on flat terrain and some are faster in the mountains. The big powerful guys like Svein Tuft and Luke Durbridge can go a lot faster than the little guys on the flat roads. That’s a really generalized way to answer the question, but it really is as simple as that.  

Q: Are the riders more tired after a hectic time trial or a difficult mountain stage?

For most riders, a road stage will be more tiring than a time trial, but that’s not the case for everybody. It’s all about how a rider deals with the preparation and stress of a time trial. In general, a time trial day isn’t as demanding as a road stage, but for a rider racing for a result, the day is involved. They’ll do recon, pre-starts, warm-up and cool down. It’s nothing like a rest day by any stretch of the imagination when a result is targeted.

Q: What can we expect from the team for the rest of the Dauphiné?

There are still four stages left in the race, and we’re prepared to look for any opportunities that might come up. We’re especially looking forward to the sixth stage. It’s a good chance for Michael Matthews, and our main focus at the moment.