Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had a good end to this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico as both Steve Cummings and Edvald Boasson Hagen made Top10 in the final stage of the race.
Today’s 10 km individual time trial was rather straightforward with just a couple of corners on the traditional front-and-back course in San Benedetto del Tronto. Cummings was our first rider to set an impressive time as he crossed the finishing line in second place at the time. The 35-year-old Brit had already done well on this course in the past and this year was no different. For a long time, it looked like Cummings would finish the day on the podium but when Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) stormed to set a new best time, Cummings had to settle for fourth place, just eight seconds down on Dennis.
Boasson Hagen too did very well on his Cervélo time trial bike this Tuesday afternoon. For the third year in a row, our Norwegian champion finished in Top10 in this stage as he took seventh place on the day. In the general classification, Boasson Hagen finished as best Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider as number 30. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took the overall victory in front of Dennis and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).
“With this kind of short effort, there isn’t a lot to think about. You just have to go for it and that’s what I did today. When you get this close to the best, sometimes you wish you were further down”.
Roger Hammond – sports director:
“The truth is that we came here with quite big expectations but it didn’t go as well as we had hoped for. We didn’t have as much luck as we could have had and a couple of minor things completely changed the outcome of the race for us. Having said that, it was still a good building block for the races to come and by Saturday [Milano-San Remo], we could be in a completely different position”.