With the 27.6-kilometer race against the clock comprising of a mostly flat course with some undulation, it was no surprise that speeds were high and the first team to roll down the start ramp, Team INEOS, set the early benchmark of 29:17, a time that would stand up against all other teams except Team Jumbo Visma.
The eighth team to start, CCC Team’s eight riders quickly settled into a good rhythm and turned efficiently in the first section of the race to trail Team INEOS by just five seconds after 13 kilometers, which was the provisional second-fastest time.
At the second intermediate checkpoint, CCC team was 13 seconds behind but a strong third section of the race saw the team gain time back and stop the clock in 29:28, the second-fastest provisional time.
With 14 teams still to finish, CCC Team’s time stood well against the other teams and with with the exception of Team Jumbo Visma, who took the win by 20 seconds, it was a close top ten with CCC Team finishing the day ten seconds off a podium result.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Greg Van Avermaet:
“I think we did really well We were close to the second place, losing just 11 seconds. Only Team Jumbo-Visma was outstanding and out of reach but, the gap to the other teams was not significant. Everybody put in a very good performance. We didn’t lose too much time and we can be proud of what we did today. We had a good plan and everyone knew what they had to do, had trained really hard for this day, were in a good place and gave their all out on the road. If you look at the other teams that we finished next to in the results, we can be happy with our performance. I think we had a great first weekend of the Tour and hopefully, we can carry that on into the next days.”
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director:
“We are where we expected to be, which is among the top teams today but, we were hoping for a little better place. The gaps were very small and if we went just ten seconds faster, we would have finished on the podium and eventually we ended up in seventh place. The team did very well and the guys did what we had expected them to do. Marco Pinotti, our Head of Performance, who specializes in races against the clock, directed the team perfectly and we are happy with the outcome.”
“The guys executed the plan ideally. We decided to sacrifice some really strong guys like Łukasz Wiśniowski or Michael Schär who were pulling extremely hard on the flat and gave their all with five kilometers to go, before the small climb. If you look at the intermediate checkpoints you will see that thanks to that effort we made up three seconds on Team INEOS in the final few kilometers. The pace and strategy were perfect for our possibilities. “
Tour de France
Stage 2 Brussels > Brussels (27.6km)
Top 3: 1. Team Jumbo Visma, 2. Team INEOS, 3. Deceuninck-QuickStep