Strong start by Ireland’s Nicolas Roche and Team Sunweb

Posted on: March 13th, 2019

Nicolas Roche and his Team Sunweb squad have come to Tirreno-Adriatico to win the overall title with leader Tom Dumoulin. And they made a very good start today by take 3rd place in the team time trial.

 

Nicolas Roche was today among the Team Sunweb selection that took 3rd place in the opening TTT at Tirreno-Adriatico.

In the 21.5km test starting and finishing in Lido di Camaiore, Team Sunweb was 18 seconds behind winners Mitchelton-Scott.

Runner-up Jumbo-Visma was just seven seconds off victory, meaning its general classification man Primoz Roglic has enjoyed a very useful opener.

Conor Dunne’s Israel Cycling Academy placed 9th on the stage, at 1:05. That leaves the Irish road race champion in 46th overall.

As Michael Hepburn was first across the line for the winning team, he takes the race leader’s jersey into tomorrow’s first road stage.

The result is more significant for the Australian WorldTour outfit in the context of putting general classification favourite Adam Yates ahead of all of his rivals.

 

The winners cross the line on what was a wet and very changeable day in Italy.

 

Roglic, however, has only ceded very minor time to Yates. But already he has a very decent advantage over the rest of those who will be vying to win the race overall.

And with plenty of climbing to come, and an individual TT stage on the final day, Roglic is one of those fancied to win following his UAE Tour victory already this season.

Dumoulin will like his chances of beating both Yates and Roglic in the final test.

And he will be looking to his team, Roche included, to ensure the gaps don’t get bigger and that he possibly gains time and a stage win in the climbs.

This year’s route is different to previous editions in that very high mountains are absent. And that may mean today’s test and the one on the final day prove absolutely crucial.

However, the course also means a bigger group of riders than normal could possibly win, which should lead to some great racing.

 

Dumoulin leads the Team Sunweb selection today on their way to rounding out the podium.

 

Stage 1: 21.5km TTT

1 Mitchelton-Scott 22:25
2 Jumbo-Visma 22:32
3 Team Sunweb 22:47
4 Deceuninck-QuickStep 23:02
5 Team Sky 23:12
5 Lotto Soudal 23:19
7 EF Education First 23:21
8 Groupama-FDJ 23:23
9 Israel Cycling Academy 23:30
10 Bahrain-Merida 23:35
11 CCC Team 23:37
12 Trek-Segafredo 23:37
13 Astana Pro Team 23:38
14 UAE Team Emirates 23:44
15 Movistar 23:57
16 Dimension Data 23:59
17 Katusha-Alpecin 24:03
18 Cofidis 24:19
19 Bora-Hansgrohe 24:22
20 Neri-Sottoli 24:35
21 AG2R La Mondiale 24:26
22 Gazprom-Rusvelo 24:55
23 Bardiani CSF 25:06

 

General Classification

1 Michael Hepburn  Mitchelton-Scott 0:22:25
2 Brent Bookwalter Mitchelton-Scott
3 Luke Durbridge Mitchelton-Scott
4 Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott
5 Alexander Edmondson Mitchelton-Scott
6 Jos van Emden Team Jumbo-Visma at 3secs
7 Primoz Roglic Team Jumbo-Visma 7
8 Koen Bouwman Team Jumbo-Visma
9 Tony Martin Team Jumbo-Visma
10 Laurens De Plus Team Jumbo-Visma
20 Nicolas Roche Team Sunweb 20
46 Conor Dunne Israel Cycling Academy 1:05

 

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