ORICA-BikeExchange produced a solid performance on the stage five team time trial at the Eneco Tour in Holland today, provisionally taking the leaders spot before eventually slipping to 14th place.
The 20.9kilometres course was fast and challenging with the Australian outfit the pick of the early starters, completing the course in 24minutes 22seconds.
Unsurprisingly it was BMC who won the stage in 23minutes 11seconds with the American team setting down a clear marker in their bid for the world championships next month.
Rohan Dennis (BMC) subsequently moved back into the race lead ahead of teammate Taylor Phinney in second and Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) in third.
Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was realistic in his assessment.
“Of course we are slightly disappointed,” said Lapage. “We wanted to do better and the boys gave it a good go, but we were suffering from the crashes yesterday and our performance over the first ten kilometres let us down today.”
|1||BMC Racing Team||0:23:11|
|2||Etixx - Quick Step||0:00:06|
|3||Team Lotto NL - Jumbo||0:00:23|
|7||Team Giant - Alpecin||0:00:33|