For a third consecutive year, BMC Racing Team proved to be the team to beat on Tirreno-Adriatico stage 1 with an impressive display of team time trialling prowess helping to secure victory on the 21.5km out and back course.
BMC Racing Team rolled down the ramp as one of the pre-race favorites, and as they settled into a seamless rhythm out on the course, they were looking to better 22’23”, the benchmark set by Mitchelton-SCOTT.
Second-fastest at the turning point, BMC Racing Team kicked it up another gear heading into the second half of the course and, after a brilliant show of strength and teamwork, the first four riders stopped the clock at 22’19”.
In the end, this was more than enough to claim the stage win and put Damiano Caruso into the leader’s jersey for the second year in a row.
Quotes From the Finish Line
Race leader, Damiano Caruso:
“There is always a lot of satisfaction for us to win here. This was our first goal of the race, and we did a lot of work to be ready for it so, we are happy.”
“The weather was good and the roads too. The parcours is really fast, but we have the right guys to be able to ride fast. The teamwork was excellent. The whole team, staff and riders, were amazing. All of BMC Racing Team worked really hard.”
“I think it was hard for every team today, but we kept pushing to the finish. We went à bloc, and we are happy. I am not sure if there was less wind for us in the final, but for sure, we had a strong group of riders.”
“This is one of my favorite races because we are in Italy and it is always a pleasure to race here. Without Richie Porte, it is more difficult for us to win the race but I will take it day by day, and we will see what happens from now on.”
“We have a few objectives with a couple of stages suiting Greg Van Avermaet, and I want to try and fight for the GC but without any pressure or stress. I just want to take it day by day and see where I end up.”
Sports Director, Maximilian Sciandri:
“Team time trials are about perfection. They are about the details and also, without a doubt, they are about teamwork. Everybody counts and every mechanical part counts so, it is truly a team effort, and we reminded the guys of that during our meeting. We worked well today, and everybody contributed. It was a fantastic job from everybody, and it all started around two weeks ago when we were trying to find the perfect spot to train because it is never easy to get the team running at 60km/h. You need a lot of space. So, it started with finding the right spot, and then we came here, and we did the drills, we fine-tuned the equipment and the team so we could deliver today. It is always hard to win, harder again to do it two times but to win here for the third time, I found it challenging today. But for us, this is what we are good at, and the guys delivered.”
“Damiano is our leader for the GC here, and he deserves the chance to go for it, but we will break it down day by day. It started with the team time trial today, and from now on, we will see what happens.”