Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Tinkoff-Saxo 4th in TTT

Tinkoff-Saxo finished fourth on the team time trial of Tour de France, where the squad had to concede 28 seconds to stage winner BMC. Team captain Alberto Contador is now 1’03” behind the GC lead but notes that much can change, when the race hits the mountains. 

After crossing the line in Plumelec, a poised Alberto Contador asserts that the team had raced well despite a time loss.


“I think we still did a good time. We will rest and then attack the mountain stages, anything can still happen. There are many stages at altitude and it’s a Tour, where consistency will be important. This can favor me. We'll wait and see how everyone is in the mountains. Everybody will have less good days, hopefully we won’t, and we will have to benefit from that. Regularity is very important and that encourages me”, says Alberto Contador and continues:


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BMC Racing Team Wins Tour's Team Time Trial

By a single second, the BMC Racing Team earned its second victory at this year's Tour de France by winning Sunday's team time trial.

The reigning world champions in the team time trial averaged 52.09 kilometers an hour on their BMC timemachine TM01s over the 28-kilometer course to finish in 32:15 and defeat race leader Chris Froome and Team Sky. Movistar Team finished third, four seconds back.


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2015 Tour de France Stage 9 Preview:

Sunday’s 28kms of Stage 9 from Vannes to Plumelec is a Team Time Trial with a final uphill climb.  The Cote de Cadoudal is 1.7kms long with an average gradient of 6.2% so teams will not only have to work together on flat but also make tactical decisions regarding the approach to this challenge as well. 



Those teams which have already lost riders due to injury will be at a disadvantage with fewer options to play.  Furthermore, this hilly route is the longest TTT since 2009.  For me, the teams to watch are Orica, Sky, and Etixx-Quick Step.  However, Orica has lost 3 key riders and Martin’s abandonment for Etixx could play in the favor of Froome’s boys.  Usually significant time gains aren’t made on a TTT day, but you never know.  

Movistar 3rd place in TDF team time trial

Four seconds avoided the Movistar Team claiming one of their most resounding victories into a discipline that rewards the squad as a whole: the team time trial. The 28km route from Vannes to Plumelec on stage nine of the Tour de France, with up to three uphill sections -including the demanding Côte de Cadoudal into the last 2k-, offered a thrilling duel between the Unzué-led squad, the British Team Sky and American outfit BMC, world champions in 2014 and winners by less than one second, while the telephone squad took 3rd place.



Loyal to their usual strategy -keeping the group together-, the Movistar Team still had its nine members pushing through the second intermediate point, just 8km from the finish, making up a 13-second deficit with BMC and leaving it in only three, with Sky a second quicker. A brief moment of discoordination into the second climb forced the Blues, with Dowsett having dropped back, to get back to their formation, keep pulling and recovering, so much that they got to the foot of Cadoudal, down to seven after Erviti completed his job, practically with the same time of BMC.


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Sagan in green at Tour de France after Mûr de Bretagne

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan got what he had been searching for during the first week of Tour de France, as he rode his way into the green jersey on the finishing climb of Mûr de Bretagne, where he crossed the line as 4th behind stage winner Vuillermoz. Sagan, Contador and team sports director de Jongh unanimously concur that a great possibility and challenge lies ahead with tomorrow’s TTT.


After a trip to the podium atop Mûr de Bretagne claiming the white and green jersey together, Peter Sagan said that he was glad to be in green at Tour de France.


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