Tirreno-Adriatico: Mitchelton-Scott take team time trial victory

Jumbo-Visma denied at the last

Mitchelton-Scott put in a pitch-perfect ride to claim victory in the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. Despite having to avert their course due to a spectator running into the road, the Australian team stopped the clock at 22:25 to beat Jumbo-Visma by seven seconds.

Michael Hepburn was the first of the five Mitchelton-Scott riders over the line and will wear the leader's jersey, while Adam Yates finished safely in the group to give him a solid advantage over his general classification rivals.

"I didn't expect to be in this position when I woke up this morning. We obviously had a great squad here for the opening stage," said Hepburn. "We were not targeting just the stage but also supporting Adam Yates on GC. Today we also got luck on our side. We're pleased with this result. Tirreno-Adriatico is one of my favourite races of the year. But I don't deserve the jersey any more than anyone else in the squad. I'm just really happy for the whole team."

Jumbo-Visma came into the day with confidence after their victory in the team time trial at the UAE Tour last month. With Primoz Roglic, Jos van Emden and Tony Martin in their seven-man line-up, the boys in yellow smashed the previous best time of Deceuninck-QuickStep by a massive 30 seconds. They had a tense wait as teams crossed the line, but with one team remaining Team Sunweb was their closest threat at 15 seconds.

Mitchelton-Scott were the last team to leave the start ramp and it was clear that they were on song as they went six seconds clear at the intermediate check. Damien Howson and Chris Juul-Jensen dropped off after doing big turns, but the team still had one more than the minimum of four as they entered the final kilometre.

The team looked certain of usurping Jumbo-Visma, but it almost came tumbling down as they rounded a corner to find a spectator running across the road with her dog. Thankfully, all of the riders were able to avoid the spectator and hardly missed a beat as they pushed on towards the line. Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) shook his head as Mitchelton-Scott came around the final corner, knowing that he and his teammates would not be paying a visit to the podium – at least for today.

How it happened

Tirreno-Adriatico started in the same manner it has done in recent years with a team time trial around Lido di Camaiore. The out and back route would ordinarily not pose too many issues for the riders but the rain that coated the roads would.

AG2R La Mondiale were the first of the 23 teams to start their effort on the 21.5km course, but with no big contender, their aim was just to get around with no major difficulties. EF Education First, the fifth team to go, set the early benchmark with a time of 23:21 and finishing with a full complement of seven riders.

Aside from the rain, the early part of the team time trial was marked by another incident with a pedestrian. Bora-Hansgrohe were well into their ride when a spectator crossed the road, walking into the path of their train. Most of the team were able to avoid the man, but Rafal Majka and Oscar Gatto collided with him. Both Majka and Gatto were able to complete the course but were battered and bruised as they crossed the line. The spectator was taken to hospital where it is reported that their condition is 'not worrying'.

EF Education First would enjoy around 20 minutes in the hot seat before they were bettered by Deceuninck-QuickStep. However, the Belgian team fractured slightly as they drove for the line with their fourth rider losing touch and crossing a few seconds after his teammates.

The rain cleared up as the stage continued, giving the later teams a full dry run through Lido di Camaiore. QuickStep could do nothing as they watched Jumbo-Visma make the most of the changing conditions to smash their time by some 30 seconds. Team Sky came home immediately after Jumbo-Visma but could only manage a time 40 seconds shy, giving Geraint Thomas plenty of work to do over the coming days.

Team Sunweb were the penultimate team to depart and with Tom Dumoulin in their ranks, they were one of the favourites for victory. However, they could only manage third at the intermediate time check and that is where they would finish, with just four riders, after everyone had completed their runs. Mitchelton-Scott enjoyed a set off five minutes behind them and would enjoy a near-faultless run until the incident with a spectator inside the final kilometre. Thankfully, it did not impact on the result as they crossed the line to take the victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchelton-Scott0:22:25 
2Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:07 
3Team Sunweb0:00:22 
4Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:37 
5Team Sky0:00:47 
6Lotto Soudal0:00:54 
7EF Education First0:00:56 
8Groupama-FDJ0:00:58 
9Israel Cycling Academy0:01:05 
10Bahrain-Merida0:01:10 
11CCC Team0:01:12 
12Trek-Segafredo  
13Astana Pro Team0:01:13 
14UAE Team Emirates0:01:19 
15Movistar Team0:01:32 
16Dimension Data0:01:34 
17Katusha-Alpecin0:01:38 
18Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:40 
19Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:54 
20Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:57 
21AG2R La Mondiale0:02:01 
22Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM NSK0:02:10 
23Bardiani CSF0:02:41 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:22:25 
2Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott  
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
4Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott  
5Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:03 
6Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:07 
7Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma  
8Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
9Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma  
10Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma  
11Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:22 
12Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb  
13Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
14Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
15Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:37 
16Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
17Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
18Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
19Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb0:00:41 
21Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
22Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:47 
23Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
24Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky  
25Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky  
26Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
27Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:54 
28Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal  
29Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
30Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
31Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First0:00:56 
32Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First  
33Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First  
34Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First  
35Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First  
36Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First  
37Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First  
38Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:58 
39Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
40Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
41Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
42Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ0:01:02 
43Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:05 
44Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
45Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy  
46Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy  
47Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
48Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy  
49Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:07 
50Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:10 
51Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
52Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida  
53Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
54Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team0:01:12 
55Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team  
56Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team  
57Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team  
58Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:13 
59Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
60Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo  
61Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
62Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
63Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
64Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
65Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
66Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
67Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team0:01:14 
68Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:01:19 
69Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
70Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
71Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
72Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
73Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
74Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:24 
75José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:32 
76Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team  
77Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team  
78Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team  
79Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
80Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
81Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:34 
82Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data  
83Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension Data  
84Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data  
85José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:38 
86Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
87Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin  
88Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-Alpecin  
89Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
90Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
91Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
92Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:40 
93Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
94Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
95Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
96Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:52 
97Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:53 
98Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:54 
99Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
100Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
101Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
102Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
103Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
104Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:57 
105Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
106Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
107Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
108Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
109Ben King (USA) Dimension Data0:02:01 
110Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
111Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
112Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
113Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
114Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
115Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:02:02 
116Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:04 
117Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
118Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:02:10 
119Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
120Dayer Quintana (Col) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
121Luca Pacioni (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
122Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
123Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
124Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
125Davide Gabburo (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:02:11 
126Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:02:16 
127Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
128Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data  
129Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb0:02:22 
130Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team  
131Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:41 
132Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
133Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
134Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
135Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
136Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:02:49 
137Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:51 
138Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:53 
139Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal  
140Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
141Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC Team  
142Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:10 
143Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:03:15 
144Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:03:24 
145Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:03:29 
146Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:32 
147Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:03:34 
148Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:03:41 
149Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:03:50 
150Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:03:59 
151Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain-Merida0:04:17 
152Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida  
153Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates0:04:29 
154Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:04:34 
155Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar Team  
156Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:23 
157Oscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:35 
158Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
159Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:37 
160Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
161Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:44 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma0:22:32 
2Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:00:15 
3Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
4Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:30 
5Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky0:00:40 
6Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
7Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:47 
8Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:51 
9Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ0:00:55 
10Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:58 
11Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:03 
12Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team0:01:05 
13Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:06 
14Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
15Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:12 
16Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
17Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:31 
18Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
19Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
20Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:33 
21Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:54 
22Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:55 
24Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:02:03 
25Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
26Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb0:02:15 
27Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:34 
28Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
29Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:02:42 
30Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:44 
31Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:03:22 
32Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida0:04:10 
33Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates0:04:22 
34Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:05:30 

 

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