ORICA-GreenEDGE narrowly missed the top step of the podium and a world title in Florence, Italy in the team time trial at the Road World Championships. The Australian outfit settled for the silver medal, an improvement over the bronze they earned in 2012, after stopping the clock .81” slower then repeat team time trial champions Omega Pharma-QuickStep. Sport Director Matt White was full of praise for his squad that included Brett Lancaster, Daryl Impey, Jens Mouris, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Svein Tuft.
Omega Pharma-Quick-Step defended their world title in a time of 1:04:16.81 over the flat, fast 56.8km course. The Belgian squad posted the fastest time at the first two intermediate sprints. They were second quickest at the third intermediate time check where ORICA-GreenEDGE set the benchmark just under 2” quicker than the world champions. The Australian outfit sacrificed Jens Mouris and Michael Hepburn to gain the upper-hand.
“I can’t complain about how things went today. We can’t fault anyone. If we had gone nine-hundredths of a second faster, we would be world champions today. To be so close to winning a world title over an hour effort is a little disappointing. Sometimes it’s easier to swallow when it’s a bigger margin. We know what it’s like to win by such a small margin, too. We just edged out Quick-Step at the Tour. Today they turned the tables on us.” - Sport Director Matt White
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