5th for Team Sunweb in the opening Tirreno Adriatico TTT

RIDERS

Søren Kragh Andersen Nikias Arndt Tom Dumoulin Simon Geschke Lennard Kämna Chad Haga Wilco Kelderman

Team Sunweb finished the opening team time trial at Tirreno Adriatico today with a final time of 22 minutes and 44 seconds, placing them 5th on the stage.

The first stage of action at Tirreno Adriatico got underway today, with a 21.5 kilometre team time trial to open the race. A relatively straight course, the route featured two straight sectors with a technical section with various turns at it’s midpoint. Team time trial world champions Team Sunweb rode a solid race, despite various riders suffering sickness. The team eventually stopped the clock with a time of 22 minutes and 44 seconds, 25 seconds down on the stage winner and placing them in 5th place.

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After the opening stage Wilco said: “It was a fast parcours today. Not everyone was feeling 100% so we took the decision to conserve our energy. During the ride it went really well and in the end we can be happy with the TTT that we did.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “Not everyone is feeling completely healthy but we had a good plan, organisation and the riders did a really good job. In the first part we conserved energy to get everybody going and technically afterwards the guys did a good job. In the end we finished 5th, 25 seconds down from the first team which is really good considering the circumstances.”