The decimated squad of Team Sunweb finished the 35km stage 3 TTT of the Critérium du Dauphiné in a time of 39’53”, putting them in the last position on today’s ranking. The route took the riders from Pont-de-Vaux to Louhans-Châteaurenaud, and Team Sky clocked the fastest time on the day.
On the evening after the prologue, three riders fell sick. Consequently, Laurens ten Dam and Chris Hamilton were forced to abandon the Critérium du Dauphiné already before stage one, with Roy Curvers battling on to continue the race. As a result, Team Sunweb started today’s TTT with five riders today, each putting a big effort in the stage.
Team Sunweb’s coach Aike Visbeek said: “With five riders we did a technically good TTT. We had a good plan, but of course, due to the sickness we’ve had in the team we lacked some horse power. Still, I’m happy and proud. Everybody did a really good job. They kept fighting and I think it was a good TTT for the power and energy that the guys had. They didn’t make any mistakes and followed the plan, but given the circumstances we can’t expect more. I hope that Roy, who is also sick, will be able to recover overnight and can support the team tomorrow.”