Successful Week of Tirreno-Adriatico Racing Comes to a Close

Wed 13 Mar 2013

Jens Mouris was the top finisher for ORICA-GreenEDGE at the Tirreno-Adriatico time trial that wrapped up an animated week of racing in Italy. The second rider to race against the clock, Mouris posted the early fast time of 10:53 over the 9.2 kilometre course around San Benedetto del Tronto. By stage end, the result was good enough for 13th place, 27 seconds down on eventual stage winner Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

“Jens made it through the stage yesterday to give it full gas today,” said Stephens. “It’s his birthday today, and I think he considered it a bit of a birthday present to himself to cap off a week of racing hard for his teammates with an effort for himself. 

“Just before the start, I saw a dark cloud come over the course,” added Stephens. “I said to Jens ‘Look, if you can pull out a good time here, maybe the others will have rain later and your time will stand as one of the better ones.’ That’s not quite what happened. It started to rain on Jens during the most technical part of the circuit. The roads were dry by the time most of the other guys raced. He wouldn’t have won if it hadn’t rained on him, but he could have gone a few seconds faster.”

Sebastian Langeveld took a similar approach as Mouris to the final day of racing.

“Sebastian likes to go about everything seriously,” said Stephens. “He does most things full on. He says you never know when a time trial could be important, so he races them all as if they were important.”

“After Daryl [Impey] went so deep yesterday, we decided it wasn’t the most important day for him to ride hard today,” continued Stephens. “He had a good training ride this morning and then rode at a solid pace this afternoon without too much effort or stress on himself.”

Looking at the week of Italian racing as a whole, Stephens confirms that the team leaves both satisfied with their performance and pleased with the work done in preparation for Milan-Sanremo. 

“Obviously, the start of our race was a little bit disappointing,” admitted Stephens. “We weren’t expecting to finish in sixth at the team time trial. Having a look at the data that’s coming back, it’s clear we had quite a poor start to the effort, and that’s where we lost most of the time. We had a really positive counter-point coming into the next stage to take out the win in a finish that didn't quite suite to us. I was really happy to see the boys turn things around like that.”

While Matt Goss’ win remains the highlight of the week, Stephens points to other standout moments.

“The team worked hard on stage three, and while we didn’t manage to pull of the stage win, the work ethic was there,” he said. “We battled through each day stage by stage, and we took our own little passes where we could. As a team, we wanted to get ready for other races while making sure our presence was noted at Tirreno.”