Team Time Trial Tests the Legs on Vuelta a Espana Stage 120. August 2016, Parque Náutico de Castrelo de Miño (ESP) — Road Team
It was a nail-biting start to the Vuelta a Espana with a 27.8km team time trial testing the legs on the opening day of racing.
BMC Racing Team rolled down the start ramp as the fifth-to-last team, chasing the provisional best time set by Etixx QuickStep.
Orica BikeExchange clocked the best time at the first intermediate point, which BMC Racing Team matched before going on to set the best time at the second check point by six seconds, with four teams left to come through.
BMC Racing Team lost four riders to the technical final part of the course and crossed the line with the required number of five riders to set the second-best provisional time of 30’44”, one second behind Orica BikeExchange.
Movistar came home in 30’37” to knock BMC Racing Team to third place provisionally before Team Sky crossed the line just 0.4 seconds ahead of Movistar to take the win and confirm fourth place for BMC Racing Team.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Tejay van Garderen:
“I think we did really great as a team. Tactically I think we rode it perfectly and rode really hard. I don’t think anyone had anything left at the end so that’s how you know that you rode a good one. To be beaten by one second [Orica BikeExchange at the time of the interview] and then there’s still some other teams to come in so we’ll see where we end up, but in the end I still think we can be proud of what we did today.”
“We started uphill so the pacing was really important. Through the technical sections you have to be technically very good on the bike altogether as a team which I think we were. It’s a tricky finish with some bumps and corners and some straight power sections so there was never one second where you could really let up and relax. rode it perfectly so we don’t have any regrets, we were just some seconds behind.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“Of course when we start the team time trial we have ambition as the reigning UCI World Champion team. We had the ambition to win today. We had the best time at the first and second intermediate checkpoints. Unfortunately, in the 5km we lost Silvan Dillier and Ben Hermans so then with only five riders we lost these six or seven seconds that lost us the victory. We are fighting with the favorite teams and to have four teams within seven seconds shows the level of competition here. We lost today but there have been other team time trials that we have won by only one second. For me today’s result is ok, the team did everything possible and that is racing.”
Vuelta a Espana
Stage 1 TTT: Balneario Laias › Parque Náutico de Castrelo de Miño (27.8km)
Results: 1. Team Sky, 2. Movistar, 3. Orica BikeExchange 4. BMC Racing Team