ORICA-BikeExchange proved that research does pay off after taking third place on the opening stage team time trial at the Vuelta a Espana today with a strong collective performance that saw Australian Damien Howson lead the team over the line.
The finishing times were agonisingly close with Team Sky taking the stage win ahead of Movistar and only six seconds ahead of ORICA-BikeExchange.
24-year-old Howson crossed the line first for ORICA-BikeExchange and praised the efforts of his teammates.
“It was very close, we crossed the finish line and obviously there were a few teams behind us so we weren’t sure of our result,” said Howson. “We put in a very strong ride and when you give it everything in a flawless ride as we did, you can walk away happy with the performance.”
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