Not a race I'm following but that's very nice. I know how hard TFR is working to build again a successful identity. It's a brave team taking a period of forced change as a an opportunity to develope young talents. And that's a challenge. You must be patient and support the transmission of skill, experience, attitude from a generation to the next one. They are doing great!
“It was a little unexpected because we saw that Orica-GreenEdge had the fastest split by 12 seconds and we didn’t think it would be so close at the end. I knew that we had a good chance to win so I really tried to motivate the guys before the start. I think it also helped that we were third team to start because we could warm-up on the course, we did a full lap full gas and didn’t even have to use rollers.”
"This was the first TTT win in my life. It was a big team effort and everyone gave everything he had. It was not planned to lose three guys, the plan was to have eight when we finished, but in the past we have always started too slow. We have a habit of starting the TTT too slow and are flying by the end. So today we decided to go out fast, which sometimes can be a risk, but we wanted to take that chance and see what would happen. We lost Kristof first, which was not in the plan, and then Laurent and Rasty [Gregory Rast] later as expected. Bauke, Jesse, Marco, and Hayden were super strong, and Rasty was really strong for the first part. But the two guys that did the most were Bauke and Jesse – Bauke was really, really strong and he deserves to wear the yellow jersey.
I have to say that doing this time trial on road bikes favored us with the new Madone because it is super fast. The weather was between 10-12 degrees [Celsius] which is not so bad, but the wind was very cold and it made for a tricky parcours. There was a bit of a headwind on the way out and a tailwind on the way back. Our maximum speed on the way back was 72km/h! We actually were slower by 12 seconds at the intermediate so we did really well in the second. It’s always nice to win as a team, and this gives us huge motivation for the rest of the week.”