Race report

Opening TTT Of Tirreno – Adriatico Ends With A Podium Place

It was third place on the day at Tirreno – Adriatico’s opening TTT, finishing a total of 22″ behind the stage winners, after changeable weather conditions made for some challenging riding at the start of this week of racing. The course itself totalled 21.5km of flat coastal roads, offering little in technical demands, proving to be the ideal test of the brand new Cervelo P5’s boundary pushing aerodynamics.

Team leader Tom Dumoulin spoke afterwards: “Third is good, not perfect, but it’s a good start and we’re satisfied. There are a few key GC guys close ahead and behind us, so we’ll see how it goes in regards to the overall. I’m here to try and win, so we’ll see how the race develops. Technically we did a good TTT today – we made a few small mistakes where we lost a few seconds here and there, but it was a good team effort.”

The result at the end of the first stage means the favourites are still closely packed together on the general classification, with six further days of racing still to come.

Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb

Team Sunweb Coach, Luke Roberts, noted the variable conditions on the day: “We saw with today’s team time trial that the conditions were changing throughout the day. It was raining early on, but later the roads did dry up, yet the corners did remain wet and the wind changed somewhat too; all of which can affect the outcome. We were starting at a similar time to both Jumbo Visma and Mitchelton-SCOTT and we can be pretty happy with how the guys rode today, it was a good race. Overall, Tom is currently 22” behind Adam Yates and 15″ behind Primož Roglic. They are still in reach on the general classification, so we can be satisfied with the result today.”

Tomorrow’s second stage is a 195km journey from Camaiore to Pomarance, featuring four categorised climbs, one being the final rise to the finish line.