A black cut in the soft green of the country: coloured trains.
Sweet sky of France and bitter sweat for many.
BMC super, the rest not so. Surprsingly. Team Sky pulled by the only Chris Froome, decimated at the finish, confused. Solid Astana. Good Movistar.
The TTT crowns a new race leader, and a fast one: hour record man Rohan Dennis., who also gets the White Jersey. No Sky's in the top ten. Nibali 4th. The Tour de France has already started.
“It went great. We finished with five guys, so we were on the limit at the end, but that shows we gave it everything.
I feel good. This was the first big test of the Dauphiné, and going into the mountains I feel ready to put up a good challenge. It’s a good warning shot going into July.”
"Ouch,that was a painfull TTT form me.The pace was a bit to enthusiast on the first uphill part and it killed me."
Team Sky DS Nicolas Portal:
“It was a hard course but we’d been hoping for better. Our goal was to win the stage and the guys were really up for it, so we’re a bit disappointed with the result. We lost Ian [Stannard] before the split because he went off a little too hard, and Wout [Poels] is missing that race speed after his injury. Luke [Rowe] had been riding really strong but suffered a mechanical, and that meant we were down to five riders with 10km to go.
It’s disappointing but we’ll obviously keep fighting. We have to ride aggressively now in the mountains stages, especially with the bonus seconds available. There’s still plenty to fight for, Froomey, Pete and Nico are only 35 seconds behind and we’ll make the race hard in the days to come and hopefully move up on the GC.”
"Solid Ttt, weird riding to a plan where my race finishes 6km to go,but twas an uphill finish..& we have more than a couple of handy climbers"
“I don’t think we did a good time trial because after 5-6kms we were only five guys left. Then it was still 20kms to go and we needed to stay with five to the finish. I think we made a mistake to do the first climb too fast and we lost three guys really quick.
After we did a good job to the finish. Markel was really suffering on the climb, but he managed to stay there. But with the five in the end we couldn’t go faster. Tactically, we made a mistake.
In the end, I was on the limit too, everyone was; the TTT is such a hard discipline in cycling. I like the TTT – it’s nice to do, you have to think for the team, think about all the details and make a plan. For sure we were nervous before the start; I think it’s because everyone is afraid to make a mistake and jeopardize the team – no one wants to be dropped. But that’s a TTT – it makes it more nervous, but it’s different – it’s nice.”
MORE TO COME
1. BMC Racing Team 0:29:58
2. Astana Pro Team 0:00:04
3. Movistar Team 0:00:05
4. Etixx-Quick Step 0:00:18
5. Orica Greenedge 0:00:23
6. Team Sky 0:00:35
7. Team Cannondale-Garmin 0:00:43
8. Lampre - Merida 0:00:47
9. IAM Cycling 0:00:50
10. Team Lotto NL - Jumbo 0:00:54
11. Bora-Argon 18 0:00:54
12. Lotto-Soudal 0:00:59
13. Ag2r La Mondiale 0:01:00
14. Team Katusha 0:01:05
15. MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:07
16. Team Europcar 0:01:08
17. Trek Factory Racing 0:01:14
18. Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:18
19. Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:30
20. FDJ 0:01:36
21. Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:49
1 Rohan DENNIS Australia BMC 25 8:00:37
2 Tejay VAN GARDEREN United States BMC 27 +0
3 Andriy GRIVKO Ukraine AST 32 +4
4 Vincenzo NIBALI Italy AST 31 +4
5 Lieuwe WESTRA Netherlands AST 33 +4
6 Rein TAARAMAE Estonia AST 28 +4
7 Michele SCARPONI Italy AST 36 +4
8 Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Spain MOV 28 +5
9 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV 35 +5
10 John GADRET France MOV 36 +5