Solid effort from OBE on stage five TTT at the Eneco Tour

Sat 24 Sep 2016

ORICA-BikeExchange produced a solid performance on the stage five team time trial at the Eneco Tour in Holland today, provisionally taking the leaders spot before eventually slipping to 14th place.

The 20.9kilometres course was fast and challenging with the Australian outfit the pick of the early starters, completing the course in 24minutes 22seconds.

Unsurprisingly it was BMC who won the stage in 23minutes 11seconds with the American team setting down a clear marker in their bid for the world championships next month.

Rohan Dennis (BMC) subsequently moved back into the race lead ahead of teammate Taylor Phinney in second and Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) in third.

Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was realistic in his assessment.

“Of course we are slightly disappointed,” said Lapage. “We wanted to do better and the boys gave it a good go, but we were suffering from the crashes yesterday and our performance over the first ten kilometres let us down today.”

“We got better in the second half and the guys really tried to claw back some time, but in the end it wasn’t to be.

“As we saw a lot of teams have their world championship time trial squads here and we don’t so we never entered the stage expecting to win although we know we can do better.

“There are two very tough days ahead now and for sure we are going to do our best to try and get a good stage result, it will be difficult against this field but we will give it our best shot.”

How it happened:

ORICA-BikeExchange were the early occupiers of the hot seat on today’s team time trial at the Eneco Tour posting a time of 24minutes 22seconds for the 20.9kilometres course.

The Australian outfit remained comfortable until Team-Sky crossed the line around 30seconds faster to move into the provisional top spot before Lotto-Soudal beat them into second place by nine seconds.

The Belgian team kept the seat warm for the best part of 30minutes when IAM-Cycling flew round the course in 23minutes 37seconds with only four more teams to finish.

It was looking pretty good for IAM-Cycling until the stage favourites BMC entered the home straight some 30seconds quicker, eventually crossing the line in 23minutes 11seconds to take the top spot and the stage win.

Etixx-Quickstep and Movistar both bettered the time of IAM-Cycling to push the Swiss team into fifth place with ORICA-BikeExchange 14th on the day.

The penultimate stage takes place tomorrow and covers 197kilometres from Riemst to Lanaken.

Eneco tour stage five TTT results:

1. BMC 00:23:11
2. Etixx-Quickstep 00:23:17
3. LottoNL-Jumbo 00:23:34
14. ORICA-BikeExchange 00:24:22

 General classification after stage five:

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC) 13:40:47
2. Taylor Phinney (BMC) 00:00:16
3. Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) 00:00:24
61. Michael Matthews (ORICA-BikeExchange) 00:01:35