Jumbo-Visma win UAE Tour TTT

Roglic takes race lead after Dutch team beats Sunweb and Bahrain-Merida

Jumbo-Visma won the opening 16km team time trial at the UAE Tour, with Primoz Roglic bringing the team home and so taking the first leader's red jersey of the new WorldTour race.

Jumbo-Visma set a time of 16:49 for the exposed but fast course in Abu Dhabi, racing at 57km/h thanks to huge turns by Tony Martin, Jos van Emden and Roglic.

Team Sunweb were seven seconds slower in 16:56, while Bahrain-Merida set a time of 16:58 thanks to the contribution of world time trial champion Rohan Dennis.

The exposed 16km course overlooking the Abu Dhabi skyline sparked some significant time difference amongst the overall contenders. Just like in a Grand Tour, seconds gained or lost in the team time trial will influence the mountain stages and fight for the red jersey.

Tom Dumoulin is only seven seconds behind Roglic, with Vincenzo Nibali well placed at nine seconds. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is at 14 seconds and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is at 18 seconds.

The fight for overall victory is more complicated for others. Tejay van Garderen is 26 down on his debut with EF Education First, Dan Martin and his UAE Team Emirates squad lost 36 seconds, while Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) start the road stages with a handicap of 43 seconds.

57km/h average speed

The teams started at five-minute intervals under a warm sun and facing a slight breeze across the exposed terrain. Most riders had opted for 58 chainrings up front, expecting high speeds and the averages soon began to touch 55km/h, with higher speeds on the tailwind sections.

EF Education First held the fastest time for a while with 17:15 but then Bahrain-Merida finished fast, stopping the clock in 16:58. They were the first under the 17-minute barrier and have clearly been working hard on their time trial equipment and training.

Bahrain-Merida were happy with their ride but had little time to celebrate. Jumbo-Visma had been seven seconds faster at the intermediate time check and finished faster, stopping the clock in 16:49.

Their average speed was 57.086km/h – one of the highest averages ever recorded for a TTT. Race data showed that Roglic covered the final five kilometres at an average speed of 64km/h.

Other teams failed to get close to Jumbo-Visma and finished beyond the 17-minute mark. Team Sunweb were their biggest threat and Dumoulin helped drive the red train along on their new disc-brake Cervelo bikes. Dumoulin and his teammates spread across the road as they hit the line but they had lost some speed in the final kilometres and set a time of 16:56, seven seconds slower than Jumbo-Visma.

The riders in yellow and black hugged and celebrated with their staff, knowing their own hard work and performance had paid. Roglic took the leader’s jersey, with Laurens De Plus pulling on the best young rider’s white jersey.

"We are very happy to start the season this way. We have a good team here with very strong time triallists, but that is no guarantee to perform well. You also have to show it in the race and that's what we did,” Roglic said.

"It was a fast team time trial and it went very well. I came first through the last corner and then pulled a sprint.”

Monday's 184km second stage is one for the sprinters and finishes at the Abu Dhabi Marina. But Jumbo-Visma promised to defend their race lead.

"It's nice to have the leader's jersey and we certainly have ambitions to win this race. There are still some tough stages coming up, so we take it day by day. But we have an excellent start," Roglic said.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Jumbo-Visma0:16:49 
2Team Sunweb0:00:07 
4Team Sky0:00:14 
5Movistar Team0:00:18 
6CCC Team0:00:24 
8EF Education First  
10Dimension Data  
13UAE Team Emirates0:00:36 
15Astana Pro Team0:00:44 
16Lotto Soudal0:00:45 
18AG2R La Mondiale0:00:54 
20Team Novo Nordisk0:01:46 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma0:16:49 
2Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma  
3Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
4Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
5Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:07 
6Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb  
7Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb  
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb  
9Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
10Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida0:00:08 
11Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
13Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
14Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:14 
15Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
16Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
17Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
18Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
19Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
20Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:00:18 
21Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team  
22Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
23Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
24Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team  
25Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:24 
26Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team  
27Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team  
28Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team  
29Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team  
30Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team  
31Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:26 
32Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
33Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
34Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
35James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
36Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
37Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First  
38Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First  
39Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First  
40Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First  
41Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education First  
42Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:29 
43Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
44Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
45Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
46Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
47Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data  
48Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
49Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data  
50Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
51David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
52Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
53Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ  
54Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
55Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
56Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:32 
57Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott  
58Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott  
59Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott  
60Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott  
61Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:33 
62Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:00:36 
63Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
64Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates  
65Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
66Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:41 
67Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:00:43 
68Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
69Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
70Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
71Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
72Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
73Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain-Merida  
74Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida  
75Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:00:44 
76Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
77Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
78Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
79Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
80Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:45 
81Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
82Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
83Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
84Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin  
85Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
86Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
87Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
88Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin  
89Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:48 
90Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:49 
91Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First0:00:53 
92Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:54 
93Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
94Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
95Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
96Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:57 
97Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
98Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
99Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
100Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
101Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
102Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:00:58 
103Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
104Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07 
105Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:01:10 
106Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:01:12 
107Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida0:01:13 
108Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:16 
109James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First0:01:17 
110Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:01:19 
111Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:27 
112Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky0:01:29 
113Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:01:32 
114Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data0:01:39 
115Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:46 
116Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
117Declan Irvine (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
118Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
119Péter Kusztor (Hun) Team Novo Nordisk  
120Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
121Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:47 
122Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
123Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:50 
124Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:54 
125Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC Team0:01:55 
126Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:59 
127Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:00 
128Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:05 
129Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:06 
130Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:02:07 
131Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma  
132Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:10 
133Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:23 
134Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
135Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:43 
136Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:02:44 
137Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team0:03:08 
138Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:18 
139Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:46 
140Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:05:40 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma0:16:49 
2Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky0:00:14 
3Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
4Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
5Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:24 
6Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:26 
7James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
8Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education First  
9Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:29 
10Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data  
11David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
12Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ  
13Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:33 
14Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:00:36 
15Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:41 
16Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:43 
17Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
18Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:45 
19Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
20Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First0:00:53 
21Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:54 
22Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:57 
23Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
24Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
25Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07 
26Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida0:01:13 
27James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First0:01:17 
28Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:27 
29Declan Irvine (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:46 
30Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:59 
31Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:00 
32Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:10 
33Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:23 
34Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:43 
35Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team0:03:08 
36Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:18 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Jumbo-Visma0:16:49 
2Team Sunweb0:00:07 
4Team Sky0:00:14 
5Movistar Team0:00:18 
6CCC Team0:00:24 
8EF Education First  
10Dimension Data  
13UAE Team Emirates0:00:36 
15Astana Pro Team0:00:44 
16Lotto Soudal0:00:45 
18AG2R La Mondiale0:00:54 
20Team Novo Nordisk0:01:46 

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