BMC Racing Team Fifth on Tough Uphill Team Time Trial on Day 5 in Britain6. September 2018, Whinlatter (GBR) — Road Team
Stage 5 of this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain played host to the first team time trial in the race’s history and saw a shake-up of the General Classification with Patrick Bevin slipping into fourth overall after BMC Racing Team secured fifth on the line.
With Bevin starting the day at the top of the General Classification, BMC Racing Team was the last team to roll off the ramp to start their 14km team time trial that featured the five kilometer-long climb of Whinlatter Pass.
At the beginning of their effort, BMC Racing Team was chasing the benchmark of 19’57” set by Katusha-Alpecin but as they were out on the course, Team LottoNL-Jumbo posted a time of 19’37” which was ultimately enough to take the stage win.
BMC Racing Team was digging deep on the steepest slopes of the climb, which reached 10% in places, and eventually the first four riders stopped the clock at 20’17” to secure fifth at the end of the day.
Bevin now sits fourth overall on the General Classification, 24 seconds behind Primož Roglič (Team Lotto-NL Jumbo), who inherited the green leader’s jersey at the end of the day after coming into the stage 16 seconds back overall.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
“I’m pretty disappointment to lose so much time in the team time trial today. It wasn't our best day and the course really punished those who got it wrong. I’m still looking forward to the stages ahead and the race definitely isn’t over yet. There is still a lot of riders still in contention for the overall.”
Sports Director, Valerio Piva:
“Of course we expected better today so, we are disappointed with this result. We started really well and I think we had a time close to the best, if not the best, in the first part of the team time trial. I think it was on the climb that we lost the time and in the end, we also lost the jersey. It was a special type of TTT with the uphill finish and we did the best we could but unfortunately we did not have the best time at the end of the day. Maybe working to control the race yesterday cost us a bit of energy and we paid for that today but Patrick Bevin was good today and I think he is still strong so we will see what we can over the next few days.”
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
Stage 5 / TTT: Cockermouth > Whinlatter, 14km
Top 3: 1. Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2. Quick-Step Floors 3. Team Katusha Alpecin