CCC Team was the fourth team to roll down the start ramp and after covering the 13.4-kilometer course, the clock stopped at 15:06 which, at the time, was the best result. The entire eight-man roster, which included five Grand Tour debutants, gave their all and for a large portion of the stage, the team was sitting in the top three.
Nathan Van Hooydonck, Patrick Bevin, Szymon Sajnok, Will Barta, and Victor de la Parte were the first CCC Team riders to cross the line, while halfway through the race, Paweł Bernas had a mechanical problem and went on to finish a few minutes behind. At the end of the day, CCC Team finished in sixth place, 15 seconds behind the stage winners, Astana.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
“I felt quite good today, actually. It was a nice way to start off. It was only the second team time trial in my life actually, the first one was back in 2015 so I felt a bit out of practice and I was a bit nervous. But, I felt like we rode well and obviously, it was a pretty good result. We did our best. It was quite hard on the way out and a bit technical on the way in, but it was nice and fun.”
“I was very optimistic before the team time trial and I believed until the very end that we could do a good effort. We finished among the best teams so the team and I can be satisfied. I gave everything I had and with 500 meters to go, there was nothing left in the legs but, I knew that I need to finish strong because the time of the fifth rider mattered. In the finale, I was just trying to follow the wheel in front of me using nothing but willpower and I’m satisfied with the result and my sensations. The course was quite technical but, featured some fast corners which you had to know how to tackle. The knowledge of the parcours was very important today and we didn’t have too much time to learn every detail.”
Stage 1 (TTT): Salinas de Torrevieja – Torrevieja, 13.4km
Top 3: 1. Astana Pro Team 2- Deceuninck – Quick Step 3. Team Sunweb 6. CCC Team