Heavy rain plagued the opening day of Tirreno-Adriatico and although the rain eventually stopped as the first team rolled down the start ramp, wet roads made for slippery conditions on the 21.5 kilometer flat course.
CCC Team was the fourth team to start and set the provisional fastest time of 11.34” at the intermediate checkpoint before stopping the clock in 23’37”, the fastest time of the first four teams.
With 19 teams still to finish and the roads drying up as the afternoon progressed, Team Jumbo Visma set the fastest time of 22’32”, which was the time to beat for the remaining seven teams.
It took the last team out on the road, Mitchelton-SCOTT, to beat Team Jumbo Visma’s time by seven seconds, while CCC Team ended the day in eleventh place, 1’12” behind.
After the race against the clock, racing resumes on the road on stage two which sees the peloton ride 195 kilometers from Camaiore to Pomarance.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Greg Van Avermaet:
The sensations were quite good actually. I think we did a good time trial. We were maybe a bit unlucky with the weather as it may dry up in the end, but I think everyone did a good performance. We have to wait and see what the results are from the other teams, but in general, I’m happy. I think we did as good as possible.
We did some practice this week and at training camp, we also did team time trial training so although this was the first time we raced together, everyone knew how it works and what to do. We have strong guys and I think we worked quite well together, with a good technique. We will also learn from this team time trial and try to keep improving.
Stage two is a good stage for me. I have been fourth there before when Geraint Thomas attacked a few kilometers from the finish. I’ll have a look at the finish from last year and try to make my strategy and hopefully, I can make a good performance tomorrow because I think it’s a good finish, a bit uphill, which is always good for me.
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
We expected more but unfortunately, we had a bad start position. We knew yesterday that it would be raining more or less until our start time and it was like that. The roads were wet when we started so I don’t think it was possible to do better. We cannot be happy because I don’t think we had the chance to do our best race. This is a team of new riders working together so of course it will take time for them to perfect their team time trial but we were hoping for a top five result today. Now, we will turn our attention to the road stages and hopefully be able to win a stage.
Stage 1 TTT
Lido di Camaiore > Lido di Camaiore (21.5km)
Top 3: 1. Mitchelton-SCOTT, 2. Team Lotto Visma, 3. Team Sunweb
Photos courtesy of Cor Vos