Solid start for Haig with 14th place in the Volta a la Comunitat Valencia opening TT

Wed 6 Feb 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT kicked off their 2019 European season today with a short 10.3km individual time trial at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, where Jack Haig showed some promising early season signs with a 14th place finish.

The stage victory went to Edvald Bassoon Hagen (Team Dimension Data) who did enough on the flat opening section before the road headed north for a steep final 700metres.

Short and fast opener

The short distance was a lung busting welcome back to racing for the team and the majority of peloton. An early starter, Alessandro De Marchi (CCC), set the first bench mark starting one minute behind Mikel Nieve, he made the catch just on the finish line, to move into the hot seat after posting a time of 13minutes 23seconds.

Chaves makes a start

After an eight month absence from racing, the team were pleased to welcome back Esteban Chaves who quickly settled back into the swing of things, blowing out the cobwebs as he made his way around the fairly un-technical course, to finish with a time of 13minutes 31seconds giving him a respectable 36th place. 

Haig sneaks into the top 15

After Chaves and half of the field had completed the distance, the fastest time started to change with De Marchi quickly knocked out the top spot by Diego Rosa (Team Sky). Haig set off down the ramp and settled into a strong rhythm on the flat section before powering up the final hairpins.

The Australian crossed the line with the second fastest time but as proceeding continued, he slowly began to drop down places as the race favourites covered the distance and eventually finished in 14th place, a solid start to the 2019 season and the five-day tour.

Jack Haig

“It’s quite a pleasant surprise, I did a lot of hard work in the pre-season this year, I took sometime alone and went to go to Tenerife and did some really good training there knowing that I would be starting my season a month earlier than I normally would, so I moved my preparation forward a little bit. 

"I’m now working with Alex Camier so I’ve changed up my training quite a bit and now I think we are seeing some benefits from that.

"I took the mindset that I had nothing to lose so I went really hard on the flat section and if I blew up on the climb then I blew up. If I didn’t then I could possibly have a good one. Once I got to the climb I actually was a bit cautious at the beginning but then it wasn't super long so I just went full to finish at the top hard."

Esteban Chaves

“It was a really good day. Back to racing is beautiful, not just for the effort but for everything around. Being with the team, being with the fans, with the other guys from other teams, it was awesome.”

“About the race I think it was a good way to start but is just that the start, we have many many days in front and long way to go but it was a good effort and I'm obviously happy with the result, especially for a TT.”

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana  - Stage 1 TT Results:

1. Edvald Bassoon Hagen (Team Dimension Data) 12:55
2. Ion Izagirre (Astana Pro Team) +0:05
3. Tony Martin (Team Jumbo-Visma) +0:07
14. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:23

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana  - General Classification after stage 1:

1. Edvald Bassoon Hagen (Team Dimension Data) 12:55
2. Ion Izagirre (Astana Pro Team) +0:05
3. Tony Martin (Team Jumbo-Visma) +0:07
14. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:23

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