ORICA-GreenEDGE has exceeded expectations on the first stage of the Vuelta a España, finishing third in the team time trial this evening.
The nine-man line up had conservative goals of a top-ten finish as they rode in support of their first ever grand tour general classification consideration, 24-year-old Colombian Esteban Chaves.
“The boys did extremely well,” sport director Neil Stephens said.
“The main priority was to stay together to try to make a bit of a difference in the time for Esteban.
“Straight after the finish, we were a little bit down but then we started to see the times we had done against the times of our rivals and we soon realised that it is quite easy to make some mistakes when you are going as fast as we were.
“When you look at the times, it was a fantastic ride, well above what was expected and it was a bit of an indication of how good the guys are going.
|2||Cannondale Pro Cycling||0:00:06|
|4||Trek Factory Racing||0:00:09|
|5||Omega Pharma - Quick-Step||0:00:11|
|6||Team Giant - Shimano||0:00:16|
|7||Tinkoff - Saxo||0:00:19|
|8||Belkin Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|9||BMC Racing Team||0:00:21|
|10||Lampre - Merida||0:00:25|