9.21.2014

Ponferrada: Men TTT - Men in Red

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"We started too slow" Fabian Cancellara said after the finish. TFR set the fastest time but it didn't last.
"We lost Puccio after few kms, then we lost also Thomas." Dario Cataldo said "Too early. Too early. Bradley Wiggins was in great condition and keeping inciting us. It's a pity."
Team Sky did a great TTT but in four 40 km to go is too much. 
OPQS lost something in the final kms, because of the rain that started falling in the last part of the race. They even split in the descent and approaching the last roundabouts.
The winners are outsiders: BMC wasn't the favourite. They simply flew!
ORICA-GE was the most compact team. Bravo Team Cannondale, for a long time on the hot seats. Bravo also the young Italian guys of team MG Kvis-Wilier: almost all U23 they did a very good race :)

BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz:
Embedded image permalink"This was special because it was everybody on the team – not just the six riders. It is really all the riders and all the staff and (sponsor) Andy Rihs and all of us who have thought about this since they started this world championship three years ago. It has always been high on our priority list, it has been a goal of the team every year and now we have done it. So it is a great moment in our organization."

OPQS DS Tom Steels:
"I think this year was one of our best time trials technically. Everyone was in line and had a good pace. Just as we said at the meeting in the last straight heading toward the last hill, we really wanted to make a difference there. But the weather conditions prevented us from doing that. When they tried to speed up they went into a wall of wind. They kept on going, but we lost it there I think. The rain in the descent cost us more time. But we followed the plan and pushed the whole way and we kept our pace. We were consistent the whole way but with the change of conditions you cannot do anything about it otherthan try your best. But BMC Racing Team and Orica-GreenEDGE were the faster teams today and they deserved the gold medal and silver medal. Congratulations to them."

Tony Martin:
"We all gave 100 percent so it's no concern about our effort today, I think we lost the race at the last 15 kilometers. We have to analyze what went wrong, what went missing. It's always hard to say what went wrong so close after the race, but without question we lost the race in the final kilometers. I think there were a few things that worked against us, but it's hard to say for sure what really made the biggest difference. In the up and down section it was really hard to find a good rhythm but we all did a good job and took care of each other. I'm proud of all six guys as we all went full gas today. In the end it's still a medal, we're still in the top three of the world. I think we can be disappointed but also proud of what we did today. Now I must look to this Wednesday as I try to defend my status as three-time World TT Champion. I have to prepare and be focused immediately."

Team Sky DS Nicolas Portal:
“The atmosphere and focus within the team was really good today. Our plan was to ride hard from the start and we averaged 60km/h during the first 11km. That showed a huge statement of intent but the effort meant Salvatore was dropped after the first checkpoint and Geraint fell off the pace shortly before the second.
The four guys who remained did an amazing job over the rest of the course. Kiry and Brad were absolutely incredible and Kosta and Dario held on brilliantly. You have to remember Dario suffered a really bad crash at the Vuelta a few weeks ago, so I was really happy with the determination he showed. It’s a massive shame they missed out on the podium by such a small margin.
The rain at the end wasn’t hard, but it was just enough to make the roads slippery and that probably cost us some seconds on BMC. GreenEdge and Quick-Step had the same conditions as us though so we have no complaints about the overall result.
They were flying out there and that should give them a lot of confidence for Wednesday. Bradley was so, so strong and he’ll be looking to push Tony [Martin] all the way for the rainbow jersey. Kiry just missed out on a medal last year so he’ll be motivated to put that right, and if he rides on Wednesday like he did today, he’ll have a good chance of doing that.”

TFR Luca Guercilena:
Embedded image permalink“I think we made a mistake from the car – we were not able to understand that the speed was not enough in the beginning; the speed looked good and it was very high but we it was a mistake and we were not able to fix it. From that moment we were recovering time, especially in the last part, and the guys fought well, but 26 seconds from the podium, 30 seconds from the second place, is disappointing. We lost between 30-35 seconds we think with our start. There is nothing to do, the race is gone, but this is something we need to improve on for next year.”


ORICA-GE DS Matt White:
“The boys rode well, very solid. They lost a little bit too much time at the start and at this level you just can’t lose 20-30seconds. We were one of the strongest, if not the strongest team coming home but the gap was just too much to BMC Racing to bring back. For us to win today, all six guys had to be exceptional.  We haven’t got any superstars in our team and the guys were good but not everyone was incredible and you need to be, to be world champions. We wanted to be the fastest team early and put pressure on the other teams to push through the second part of the course, I think a lot of teams had the same idea to go out really really fast and Omega and Sky sort of imploded.
Embedded image permalinkWe soldiered on through and came home as strong as we knew we would but we were too far back to threaten for that gold medal.”

Team Tinkoff-Saxo DS Philippe Mauduit:

"Before we took on the race, our goal was to improve last year's result and we did. So we obtained our goal and we should be happy. On the other hand, we were only seconds away from the podium and that always frustrates you at the finish when  we're all a lot wiser. Maybe we could have started a bit faster than we did but we had to decide on the course what to do and we wanted to be able to maintain a good pace all the way and actually, we did push the pace as the race progressed. So all in all, I'm happy about the result".

RESULTS
1 BMC Racing Team 1:03:29.85 Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:31.84  
3 Omega Pharma-QuickStep Cycling 0:00:35.22  
4 Team Sky 0:00:37.29  
5 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:46.59  
6 Movistar Team 0:00:51.37  
7 Trek Factory Racing 0:01:01.47
Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:26.60
9 Cannondale 0:01:28.56
10 Garmin-Sharp 0:01:44.80
11 FDJ.fr 0:02:05.08  
12 Astana Pro Team 0:02:12.38  
13 Team Katusha 0:02:14.35  
14 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:28.16  
15 Lampre-Merida 0:02:30.08  
16 Rusvelo 0:02:44.81  
17 Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:02:45.29  
18 CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:03:36.90  
19 Team Europcar 0:03:52.06  
20 Ag2r-La Mondiale 0:04:05.91
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