After today’s earlier opening stage, the peloton were faced with a short time trial this afternoon for the second part of today’s action. Taking place on a predominantly flat course, it was set to be a fast and furious hit-out around the out-and-back course in Žilina.
Setting off in reverse GC order, Michael Storer set a good early benchmark for the team, placing himself in the provisional top five when he crossed the line with a time of eight minutes and 26 seconds.
The times at the top of the leaderboard soon began to tumble with Thymen Arensman and Chad Haga storming around the course. Both riders moved into third place at the time of crossing the line, with Haga pipping Arensman by one tenth of a second, as they both produced an effort of eight minutes and seven seconds.
The great efforts against the clock would continue for the team, with Jasha Sütterlin going three seconds better than Haga and Arensman, ending his run in an impressive eight minutes and four seconds. Last down the ramp for the team was Nico Denz, and the German rider would produce the best time trial of his career, flying around the pan-flat course and stopping the clock in eight minutes and one second.
As the dust settled once all of the riders had finished their efforts, the team ended the stage with an incredibly impressive haul of results with Denz in second, Sütterlin in sixth, Haga in seventh and Arensman in eighth. All riders move up in the GC standings too, giving the team lots of options for the more rolling stages to come.
|1||STEIMLE Jannik||Deceuninck - Quick Step||7:55||14|
|2||DENZ Nico||Team Sunweb||0:06||5|
|3||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||0:07||3|
|6||SÜTTERLIN Jasha||Team Sunweb||0:09||-|
|7||HAGA Chad||Team Sunweb||0:12||-|
|8||ARENSMAN Thymen||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|21||POWER Robert||Team Sunweb||0:26||-|
|31||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||0:31||-|
|110||VAN WILDER Ilan||Team Sunweb||1:23||-|
|1||STEIMLE Jannik||Deceuninck - Quick Step||2:38:35|
|2||DENZ Nico||Team Sunweb||0:06|
|3||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||0:07|
|4||SÜTTERLIN Jasha||Team Sunweb||0:09|
|6||HAGA Chad||Team Sunweb||0:12|
|7||ARENSMAN Thymen||Team Sunweb||,,|
|19||POWER Robert||Team Sunweb||0:26|
|111||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||4:25|
|122||VAN WILDER Ilan||Team Sunweb||13:24|
|1||LAAS Martin||BORA - hansgrohe||20|
|2||ARCHBOLD Shane||Deceuninck - Quick Step||15|
|3||DE BIE Sean||Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles||12|
|1||PAASSCHENS Mathijs||Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles||28|
|2||RAPP Jonas||Team Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang||21|
|3||PETRELLI Gabriele||Cycling Team Friuli ASD||14|
|1||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||2:38:42|
|2||ARENSMAN Thymen||Team Sunweb||0:05|
|3||HULGAARD Morten||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||0:10|
|32||VAN WILDER Ilan||Team Sunweb||13:17|
|1||Deceuninck - Quick Step||7:56:10|
|3||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||0:06|
|4||Elkov - Kasper||0:38|
|5||BORA - hansgrohe||0:49|
|6||Israel Start-Up Nation||0:51|
|8||Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles||1:13|
|9||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||1:16|
|10||Mazowsze Serce Polski||1:17|