Tour of California #3: Solid TT as opportunity knocks

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Tejay van Garderen (BMC) won the Amgen Tour of California time trial (34.7km) in San Jose/Morgan Hill and in the process also took the overall race lead with 3 stages to go.

For Dimension Data for Qhubeka Mark Cavendish was first off and eventually posted the 2nd quickest time behind Julien Vermote, who was just over 3 minutes behind the winner.

Our team now is focused on the remaining three stages of the race and potential for success in the opportunities that they offer.

Julien Vermote – Rider

It was a hard TT, a nice course, up and down a bit but you need some power here. The end I found quite tough as it was completely flat. When you’re going up you can go hard and on the downhill you get a bit of a recovery, but at the end you still have to keep pushing.

I kept the pressure on the legs today but they will be good. I feel that I’m getting better day by day and that’s the most important thing.