8.20.2016

La Vuelta 1: Team Sky and Movistar head to head in the TTT

Beutiful to watch but hard to perform, there are teams heartly loving the Team Time Trial and teams that doesn't care. About individuals it's the same: if time trial is not your cup of tea a TTT is even worst than an ITT, because you can't just take it easy targeting a different goal or, if you are a GC rider, try to limit the lose. No: you must share the work. You must push at the begining and be dropped, but often you must try to hang on because the team must arrive with at least 5 components. Not easy, frankly a pain for someone. Excitement and fun for others, feeling maybe a little guilty. 
Team Sky and Team Movistar are normally very good against the clock and finished head to head.  Team Sky won by less than half a second! Peter Kennaugh will wear the Red Jersey of race leader.
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As far as me I worked on my philosophy essay and had a good walk on the steep hills near home. 

Chris Froome:
"Couldn't have asked for a better start to this la vuelta. The team was awesome today 🚴💨💨🇪🇸 "

Up there is the 'path'...
Nairo Quintana:
"I'm happy with the overall performance by the team, yet a bit sad as we couldn't win despite finishing with the same time as Sky. We took advantage of the big squad we brought here; it was a compact group, not only consisting of specialists, rather than a well-bonded, all-around team, which put on a good effort on the road today. My legs were feeling great today; I just hope they remain the same for the rest of the race."


Alejandro Valverde:
"We rode really strong and did things right. My feelings were of pure struggle, because that's how you've got to feel into a team time trial - it all builds on agony in such courses. It's awful to be losing by such a short margin and not being able to wear the leader's jersey, but when you leave all on the road, you can't ask yourself for anything else. We're overall happy about how things went for us today."

RESULTS
TTT
1 Team Sky 00:30:37
2 Movistar 00:30:37
3 Orica-BikeExchange 00:30:43
4 BMC Racing Team 00:30:44
5 Etixx-QuickStep 00:30:59
6 LottoNL-Jumbo 00:31:04
7 Trek-Segafredo 00:31:27
8 Cannondale 00:31:29
9 Tinkoff 00:31:29
10 Bora-Argon 18 00:31:34
11 Astana Pro Team 00:31:35
12 FDJ 00:31:42
13 IAM Cycling 00:31:50
14 Katusha 00:31:54
15 Dimension Data 00:31:54
16 Lotto Soudal 00:32:04
17 Cofidis 00:32:11
18 Caja Rural-RGA Seguros 00:32:13
19 Ag2r-La Mondiale 00:32:25
20 Giant-Alpecin 00:32:27
21 Direct Energie 00:32:32
22 Lampre-Merida 00:32:46
GC
1 Pete Kennaugh

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