Three in the Tour de Romandie Time Trial Top 25Sun 28 Apr 2013
Tour de Romandie came to a close on Sunday with a final stage time trial in Geneva. ORICA-GreenEDGE put three riders in the top 25 in the race against the clock, with Svein Tuft, Travis Meyer and Luke Durbridge all finishing squarely within the top quarter of the field.
World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) proved quickest over the 18.7 kilometre race, as he roared across the line in a time of 21’07 while Chris Froome (Team Sky) secured the overall victory with third place on the stage. Tuft was the top finisher for ORICA-GreenEDGE, 1’04 behind Martin, in 15th place. Meyer was 5” further back in 21st place at 1’09 while Durbridge rounded out the top 25 at 1’10.
“Durbo [Durbridge] and Svein have been setting themselves up for the time trial all week,” said Sport Director Matt Wilson. “They started the race really motivated to have a good ride. Trav decided to have a good crack, too. He’s had really good form this week and wanted to see what he could do.”
“All three of them had good ride,” said Wilson. “Everything went pretty smoothly for all three. I would suspect Durbo and Svein are a little disappointed by their results, but that’s racing.”
Reviewing the six day race, Wilson is confident that his team is well-prepared for the Giro d’Italia. Half of the Romandie squad will fly to Naples this week for the start of the first Grand Tour.
“We may not have gotten the stage win we were after, but what we saw was quite a positive sign for the Giro,” said Wilson. “All of our riders seem to be going well, and team is working together in a really positive way. We’re absolutely looking forward to the start of the Giro next weekend.”