After rolling down the ramp early, the Czech national time trial champion settled into his rhythm quickly and went on to spend time in the hot seat after setting provisional fastest times at the three intermediate checkpoints before crossing the finish line to post a benchmark of 43’56”58.
The undulating course featured a short but very sharp category four climb, which had an average gradient of 12.1 percent and pitches of 19 percent in places, saw both time trial specialists and general classification contenders battling for the top spots but, in the end, Černý’s time was enough to see him hold on to secure fifth place behind winner, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers).
Černý’s result comes after more strong performances from CCC Team with Kamil Gradek, the Polish time trial champion, also setting one of the early benchmarks before ultimately finishing 15th and Joey Rosskopf and Ilnur Zakarin also finished inside the top-twenty.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“After a really hard Giro d’Italia so far, I am happy that I had the legs again today for a good time trial performance. I was feeling motivated coming into today’s stage and so, I am happy with fifth place, especially when you look at the time trial specialists who are here and who dominated the race really. The course was actually really fast today even with that short climb near the beginning and although I could definitely feel the steep gradients in the legs, I was able to keep my power and momentum going. I am also really pleased that I was able to improve a little bit on my result from the opening time trial, it shows that I am continuing to build my shape throughout the race and we still have one more time trial to go on the final day so, all being well, I hope to be able to try and show something there too.”
Stage 14/ITT: Conegliano > Valdobbiadene (34.1km)
Top 3: 1. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) 2. Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) 3. Brandon McNulty (UAE-Team, Emirates)
CCC Team Top 3: 5. Josef Černý 15. Kamil Gradek 17. Joey Rosskopf