Solid sixth place for OBE in the Vuelta a Burgos stage two team trial

Wed 3 Aug 2016

ORICA-BikeExchange produced a strong ride to finish in sixth place in the team time trial on stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos today.

The Australian outfit posted a time of 13minutes 19seconds for the ten kilometre course, finishing just nine seconds down on stage winner Astana Pro Team.

Sport director Dave McPartland was pleased with the team’s performance, especially with new signing Carlos Verona and stagiaire Nick Schultz both competing in their first race with the squad.

“I’m very happy with our performance today,” said McPartland. “Considering that Carlos (Verona) and Nick (Schultz) had only ridden their time trial bikes for the first time yesterday they both contributed very well I couldn’t ask for more from the guys today.”

“We lost a couple of seconds on the more technical part of the course, but the objective was to stick together and produce the best possible ride that we could and we achieved our aim nicely.

“Tomorrow will be a long and hot day in the saddle, there are few climbs to contend with but the finish is pretty flat after the last descent so it will probably be a very fast finale.”

How it happened:

Another hot and sunny day in the Burgos region of Spain saw the stage two team trial get underway with FDJ setting the best early time at 13minutes 24seconds for the ten kilometre course.

The mainly flat route included one short climb, the Alto di Castillo after 4.5kilometres before a slight descent to the finish.

Tinkoff were the next occupants of the hot seat, posting a time of 13minutes 23seconds, just one second faster than FDJ.

The next best time was set by Movistar besting Tinkoff by 11seconds to take the provisional top spot with 13minutes 12seconds, but not for long as Astana rolled in at 13minutes ten seconds.

ORICA-BikeExchange rolled out at 16:07pm CEST and posted a strong time of 13minutes 19seconds with only Team-Sky, BMC and Katusha left to hit the course.

BMC matched the time of OBE with Katusha a few seconds slower and Team-Sky at 13minutes 16seconds.

Astana took the stage win with ORICA-BikeExchange in sixth place.

Tomorrow's stage three covers 198kilometres from Sedano to Villarcayo. An undulating stage with three categorised climbs dotted between the scenic rolling roads through the verdant area of Sedano, the stage could be ideal for the opportunists, but the flat finale in Villarcayo will be a target for the sprinters.

Vuelta a Burgos stage two TTT results:

1. Astana 00:13:10
2. Movistar 00:00:02
3. Etixx-Quickstep 00:00:03
6. ORICA-BikeExchange 00:00:09 

General classification after stage two:

1. Dimitry Gruzdev (Astana) 03:45:14
2. Dario Cataldo (Astana) ST
3. Eros Capecchi (Astana) ST
30. Simon Yates (ORICA-BikeExchange) 00:00:19