Race report

Jasha Sütterlin takes impressive 10th in tough Vuelta TT

Vuelta a España

After yesterday’s final rest day, racing resumed today at the Vuelta a España with a testing 33.7 kilometre long individual time trial that ended with the brutally steep climb to the finish of Mirador de Ézaro and its double digit gradients. Due to just how steep the final climb was, a lot of riders and teams opted to make a bike change at the bottom of the ascent, before the gradients started to bite.

Martin Salmon was the team’s first rider down the ramp, setting off as the thirteenth rider on the day. Setting a good benchmark, he would cross the line in fourth place at the line before the times ahead of him began to tumble. Jasha Sütterlin started strongly and would set consistent times throughout the course where he rode a really well-paced ride, picking off several riders. After making his bike change, Sütterlin powered up the final climb and would stop the clock in 47 minutes and 46 seconds – moving into a provisional second place.

Grand Tour debutant Thymen Arensman also showed his prowess against the clock. Competing in his first WorldTour level time trial, he rode a mature and measured ride over the course before putting his climbing skills to good use on the last ascent, finishing in a time of 48 minutes and nine seconds – enough for a provisional fourth place when he finished his effort.

Both Sütterlin and Arensman’s times would fall down the order ever so slightly throughout the afternoon as more riders finished their efforts and as the dust settled at the end of the day, they finished the stage in tenth and 15th place respectively – two very solid results against strong opposition.

Jasha Sütterlin | Team Sunweb | Vuelta a España

“There is nothing special to say, it was a really good TT for me,” explained Sütterlin at the finish. “Also for Thymen, for him to finish 15th in his first Grand Tour TT at this age is really impressive. We really tried to pace it in a smart way today. The bike change went really smooth too and the last climb up to the finish was all-out. Although I made sure to pace it good there and not go too hard in the beginning. Everything went really smooth all day long. It was good that we did the recon yesterday as that helped a lot and it was good to see the flat part with the bike. Today was just all out for me and Thymen. I’m really happy with the result, I hoped for a little bit more, but I’m in the top ten and for me personally it’s a good result. Thymen was also really strong today.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “It was TT day today, with 31 kilometres on rolling roads and then a really steep two kilometre climb. We did a recon yesterday on the parcours with Jasha and Thymen so they and we knew what to expect. We had a clear pacing strategy, also taking the really hard headwind into account at certain moments. Both of them did an amazing ride. They stuck to the plan, pushed a bit more when they had to push a bit more. In the end with tenth and 15th we can be really happy with the result. For Jasha it is his first top ten in a Grand Tour TT and for Thymen it is a really good experience. To be able to finish it off already at such a young age in the third week of a GrandTour is promising for the future. All in all, we’re really happy and looking forward to the coming three days where we hope to have a chance again for more day results.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 ROGLIČ Primož Team Jumbo-Visma 46:39 100
2 BARTA Will CCC Team 0:01 40
3 OLIVEIRA Nelson Movistar Team 0:10 20
10 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Team Sunweb 1:07 -
15 ARENSMAN Thymen Team Sunweb 1:30 -
44 DONOVAN Mark Team Sunweb 3:38 -
91 SALMON Martin Team Sunweb 5:52 -
110 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 6:48 -
119 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 7:12 -
132 KANTER Max Team Sunweb 7:48 -