Küng Finishes Fourth-Fastest on OVO Energy Tour of Britain Time Trial7. September 2017, Clacton-on-Sea (GBR) — Road Team
Stefan Küng proved his consistently strong form on OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage 5 today, clocking the fourth-fastest time on the 16km time trial in Clacton-on-Sea.
Küng was BMC Racing Team’s third rider to roll down the ramp and was chasing the benchmark of 19’08” set by Victor Campenaerts (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).
As Küng settled into his rhythm on the out and back course, his strength and determination were evident with the current Swiss national time trial champion equaling the best time at the intermediate checkpoint before eventually he crossed the line in 19’10”, posting the provisional third-fastest time.
In the end, only Campenaerts’ teammate, Lars Boom could better his time, crossing the line in 19’02” which enough to take the day’s honors and push Küng into fourth overall on the stage and the General Classification with three stages remaining.
Quotes From the Finish Line
"I think I went off pretty well today, I struggled a bit on the way back, and that is the same feeling that I have had at other time trials this year. I need to work on those longers efforts. Amongst this field, it is a good performance, but I want to be on the first step and not next to the podium. It was a good test against the World's best. I gave it all I had, and I couldn't have done more today, and now I have to keep on working."
"The wind was picking up, and in the end, for the last riders, it was even raining, but it was a pretty straight forward time trial and the strongest guy one today, there was no coincidence, so congratulations to Lars Boom (Team LottoNL-Jumbo)."
"The time trial in Norway will be different to this one for sure with a climb to finish it off, and it is also longer. But it is definitely good to test your form. In training, I never really do a twenty-minute flat out effort, so it was good to do that here. When I look at my season and the time trials I have done recently, I really think that I have established myself amongst the World's best. I have the feeling that I can still improve and today was a good indication that there is more to come."
Sports Director, Valerio Piva:
“Stefan Küng was very strong today, and we saw him go fastest at the intermediate checkpoint. The wind definitely played a factor today, and it was much stronger for those riders who started later, and this can definitely make a difference on a time trial like this. However, the performance from Stefan was once again amazing today, and we are happy for him as he prepares to go for Norway, and we had a competitive field here. We knew Stefan was our specialist heading into today and we are now sitting fourth overall, so we will definitely try to do something.”
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
Stage 5/ITT: Clacton-on-Sea > Clacton-on-Sea, 16km
Top 3: 1. Lars Boom (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) 2. Victor Campenaerts (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) 3. Vasil Kiryenka (Team Sky)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 4. Stefan Küng 19. Joey Rosskopf 35. Ben Hermans
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