History Repeats Itself at Tirreno-Adriatico Team Time Trial8. March 2017, Lido di Camaiore (ITA) — Road Team
An impressive display of time trialling prowess on Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1 saw BMC Racing Team secure a second consecutive victory on the 22.7km out and back course ahead of Quick-Step Floors Cycling and FDJ.
BMC Racing Team were the final team to start, rolling down the ramp as the pre-race favorites having won here one year earlier. But, if the eight-rider team felt the weight of any pre-race expectations, they didn't show it.
Out on the course, BMC Racing Team quickly settled into a seamless rhythm as they looked to better 23'37", the time set by Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team.
Fifth-fastest at the complicated turning point, including two left-hand 90-degree turns, BMC Racing Team kicked it up another gear heading into the second half of the course.
In a brilliant show of strength and teamwork, the riders stopped the clock at 23'20" which was more than enough to claim the stage win and put Damiano Caruso into the leader's jersey.
Interview with Race Leader, Damiano Caruso
Congratulations, Damiano. You're the leader of the Tirreno-Adriatico, how does it feel?
"I feel really good, really excited. This is a dream come true. The team was incredible today. Rohan Dennis and Stefan Küng made a huge difference, and we were setting a really, really fast pace. In the end, it was a surprise for us to finish 17 seconds ahead and faster than last year so, it is incredible. Now I will enjoy wearing this jersey, and from tomorrow we will see what happens."
The team had seen the time set by Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team, did this add any pressure or was it more motivation?
"We weren't really thinking about the time of the other teams. We were all focusing on our jobs. We wanted to win today so we just we went full gas right up until the finish."
How hard was it to keep that pace up over the 22.7km course?
"It was really hard, but I knew how strong these guys are so I was ready to give it everything for them."
Stefan Küng (leader of the Best Young Rider Classification):
"We have a really strong team, and we wanted to go for the win. The most important thing in a team time trial, especially a flat one, is always to keep the speed high and that's what we did today. We had everything that it took to be the best. This is a great victory for the team, and we showed that we don't have to fear anybody."
"I love time trialling, and when you are going that fast, you have the impression that you are flying. When you hear the wheels roaring, it is just great. That's what we train for, to go as fast as possible and when you win in the end, you know you did something right over the winter."
Tejay van Garderen:
"Today feels incredible. It is always good to get a stage victory, especially with this team. As a team we put a lot of emphasis on team time trials, it has really become part of the BMC Racing Team identity. For me, the key to winning a team trial is the confidence, the bravado, and the attitude of the team. It's not cracking under pressure, and we lived up to that mentality today."
"It is always better to start ahead than behind so it's great to get a leg up on the other GC contenders heading into the big stages. The season is still young, and I don't have a lot of racing in my legs, but I feel good on the bike and my the morale is good. We have had a good start here so if we keep this momentum going, I should be in a really good place."
Stage 1/TTT: Lido di Camaiore > Lido di Camaiore, 22.7km
Top 3: 1. BMC Racing Team 2. Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team 3. FDJ