Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had a good start to Tirreno-Adriatico, placing 9th in the 22.7 km long opening team time trial.
Steve Cummings led the team across the finishing line in the time of 24:13 minutes, 53 seconds down on BMC Racing Team who took the win and put Damiano Caruso in the first blue leader’s jersey. Cummings and Edvald Boasson Hagen were some of the big engines behind today’s impressive performance, which may have been even better had our Norwegian time trial champion not suffered a flat tire on the final part of the stage. He now hopes for better luck on tomorrow’s uphill finish in Pomarance, where he finished third last year.
Roger Hammond – Sports director:
“Team time trials are always difficult. Especially when it’s on the first day of the race. I think the guys did well. Technically, they were very good and we got through it unscathed. Steve [Cummings] showed that he’s in very good shape so it looks good for the rest of the week”.
Thursday’s stage 2 is the longest one of this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico with its 228 km. The first part of the stage is predominantly flat, while the second part is very undulating with three categorized climbs to overcome. The last 7 km are uphill. However, after a steep beginning to the climb, the gradients even out a bit before the last kilometer kick up with 4.7 %.