Wind and rain lead to neutralised times on stage three TTT at ValencianaFri 2 Feb 2018
Race organisers made the decision to put rider safety first and neutralise the general classification result on today’s stage three team time trial at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana after heavy storms had battered the coast for most of the day.
Mitchelton-SCOTT rolled down the ramp at 15:26pm local time and although the crosswinds were still strong the rain had abated and the roads were drying out. Crossing the line with a time of 30:38” the Australian outfit finished in 16th place with BMC-Racing-Team running out the eventual stage winners.
Former Czechoslovakian national road race champion Roman Kreuziger is the team’s best placed rider overall in 18th place, some 29seconds down on race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
A predominantly flat, but technical course ran 23.2kilometres around the Spanish coastal town of Calpe. Plenty of twists and turns characterised the course with a couple of rises and short descents through built up areas before a run through narrow streets to the finish in the centre of town.
“Today was a tricky TTT, it was a technical course and we had a lot of rain and high winds during the morning. The organisers made the decision to run the stage with only stage placings up for grabs and no time in the GC. This was a good decision especially after the teams weren’t able to recon the course in the morning due to the weather.”
“For us it was about going through the process of time trial race day and then having a smooth, safe ride ready for tomorrow’s challenging Queen Stage.”
Sport director Laurenzo Lapage:
“After the decision was made to neutralise the stage in terms of the general classification we decided our main priority was to get around safely and look ahead to tomorrow’s stage in the mountains.”
“The course was already a very technical route without the additional factors of strong winds and heavy rain, it was definitely the right decision to put rider safety first and I am pleased that we came through without any problems.
“As we have been saying over the last couple of days our principal objective here is preparation, but we have shown that the guys are on track in terms of condition and tomorrow will provide a really good opportunity for our climbers to stretch their legs.”
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana stage three TTT results:
1. BMC-Racing-Team (00:27:25)
2. Astana (+1:08)
3. AG2R La Mondiale (+1:08)
16. Mitchelton-SCOTT (+3:13)
General Classification after stage three:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 08:27:58
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) +0:04
3. Jakob Fugslang (Astana) +0:06
18. Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:29
Photos courtesy of Getty Images.