Race report

Fast TTT sees Team Sunweb end the day in 4th place

Tour de France

With the opening day of racing behind them, the peloton were faced with a 27 kilometre long team time trial today, around the streets of Brussels. Taking place on wide boulevards with only a few undulations, the route was perfect for the riders to put the power down and maintain a high pace, resulting in a fast day in the saddle.

Setting off as the 14th squad down the ramp the team started their effort smoothly, producing a well paced opening section to stop the first intermediate checkpoint in a provisional third place. Through the sweeping bends and open boulevards, the team continued to put the power down and by the time they crossed the line they moved into a provisional second place; with a finish time of 29 minutes and 23 seconds.

With eight more other squads to finish afterwards, the team dropped a few places in the rankings but the time was good enough for a strong fourth place come the end of the day.

“I think we can be satisfied with this team time trial,” explained Wilco Kelderman. “In general it was a really fast TTT and it hurt a lot because it was really explosive. There were maybe some points we could improve but in the end we did a good result. We were really looking forward to this team time trial and it’s a shame we didn’t win, but if you look at the gap to the first team, we should be satisfied with the result.”

Chad Haga continued: “There were some points to improve on but the level here at the Tour is the highest anywhere so a lot of the teams are really close together. Overall, we did a really good ride today and we can be happy with that.”

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek added: “We really went all in to try and win the team time trial today and we prepared well for it. Unfortunately we had two mechanical issues near the finish which meant Nico and Wilco spent some extra energy and that possibly cost us second or third place. However, we did what we could and the guys gave it their all out there. In the end the winner had the strongest team and they proved that today.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points