The 26.1-kilometer race against the clock featured four distinct sections, with a gentle uphill start, a proper climb that featured a maximum gradient of ten percent, a technical descent and a straight and fast stretch to the line. All of CCC Team’s riders started within one hour of each other with Laurens ten Dam being the first and Serge Pauwels the last one to roll down the start ramp.
Alessandro De Marchi did well on the course, finishing the time trial in 35:45 and claiming 33rd place but, it was Joey Rosskopf who was the fastest man of the team.
After cresting the top of the climb, Rosskopf had the third best time at the intermediate checkpoint, only 18 seconds off the pace and eventually finished in 35’04”, 1’26” behind the stage winner, Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma).
Later, a tailwind, which was blowing in the final part of the course, picked up and at the end of the day, Rosskopf, the US National Time Trial Champion, took 16th place.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
“I’m pretty happy with the legs today. Obviously, you always want to go faster but, I felt like it was probably one of the smoothest time trials I’ve put together this year, as I had some problems in the previous individual efforts. It was nice to put together a solid ride with nothing to regret. I definitely didn’t hold back in the first half with a climb and mostly headwind and this was where you could make up the most time.”
“The descent, with a few tricky corners, was not easy and maybe some of the other guys took more risk than me. After crashing in the first time trial of the year, taking risks hasn’t been my biggest strength. I’m happy with my time so I can’t say that the parcours didn’t suit me but, if I had to choose I would pick a more rolling terrain with many one-kilometer rolling hills where you can go hard for two minutes at a time, then recover and repeat. On today’s course there were two features really, a long climb and a fast, straight road”
Critérium du Dauphiné
Stage 4 (ITT): Roanne>Roanne (26.1km)
Top 3: 1. Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) 2. Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) 3. Tom Dumoulin
CCC Team Top 3: 16. Joey Rosskopf 33. Alessandro De Marchi 70. Serge Pauwels