The 20.3-kilometer time trial was definitely suited to riders who do not prefer typically flat courses as there were many ups and downs, and technical turns. CCC Team’s first rider across the line was Bevin who finished seventh 38 seconds behind stage and overall winner Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).
Without a stage for a typical puncheur like Greg Van Avermaet, the Olympic Champion focused on doing his best on every stage this week and preparing his form for the upcoming Classics season. On the two mountaintop finish stages, Van Avermaet showed that he is coming into strong form in time for the first important races of his season, keeping up with the pace set by the climbers.
After a good start to the season at the Santos Tour Down Under, Simon Geschke finished the Portugese race in sixth place overall after showing his strong shape on the climbs and following a solid display of teamwork from CCC team on every stage.
Quotes From The Finish Line:
Greg Van Avermaet:
“It went quite well. Feeling-wise, I think I did a good time trial for me and we’ll see where I end up. It was quite technical and up and down and I like this kind of parcours. It was a good test for the next time trials. I think we did quite well as a team here this week. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t have a stage that really suited me here this week to make a big result because I think I have the legs for it already. I weigh more than the climbers and I’m a different kind of rider but I was capable of giving my best which was a good sign. But, the main goal is to be good in the Classics and that starts from next week so I hope to stay healthy and keep this form and it will be good.”
“It was a really tough time trial. It was windy, the roads were rough, it was hilly, and there were lots of corners. For the first time trial of the year, it was a shock to the system. The whole race for me has been a shock to the system so seventh is a solid result in this field. Obviously, you have number one and two in the world here and they were one and two on the stage so it’s nice to be up amongst those guys but there’s still some work to do as we push into the spring racing program.”
“My legs were strong but unfortunately I almost crashed at one of the corners and then my chain dropped. I was really happy with my legs but when it comes to my performance, especially in that corner, I was a bit unlucky. I lost ten to 15 seconds there, so the time trial could have been better. But overall, this week was really good, sixth place in the General Classification is a really good result, especially when you look at the start list.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“I am happy with the final result. Geschke finished in the top ten, in sixth overall, and without his small crash in the time trial he maybe could have been some places better. He did a fantastic time trial. Paddy Bevin was also good today with seventh on the stage. All of the riders have come out of the race with better condition, a good spirit, which is good preparation for the Classics. It’s a pity that we did not win a stage but we are happy with what we saw this week.”
Volta ao Algarve
Stage 5: Lagoa > Lagoa ITT, 20.3km
Stage top 3: 1. Remco Evenepoel (DQT), 2. Rohan Dennis (INS), 3. Stefan Kung (FDJ)
CCC Team stage top 3: 7. Patrick Bevin, 15. Simon Geschke, 19. Matteo Trentin
GC top 3: 1. Remco Evenepoel (DQT), 2. Maximilian Schachmann (BOH), 3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)
CCC Team GC top 3: 6. Simon Geschke, 13. Greg Van Avermaet, 33. Nathan Van Hooydonck