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

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:07
3Team Sunweb0:00:22
5Team Sky0:00:47
6Lotto Soudal0:00:54
7EF Education First0:00:56
9Israel Cycling Academy0:01:05
11CCC Team0:01:12
12Trek-SegafredoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Astana Pro Team0:01:13
14UAE Team Emirates0:01:19
15Movistar Team0:01:32
16Dimension Data0:01:34
19Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:54
21AG2R La Mondiale0:02:01
22Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM NSK0:02:10
23Bardiani CSF0:02:41
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:22:25
2Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 1 - Cell 2
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 2 - Cell 2
4Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 3 - Cell 2
5Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:03
6Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:07
7Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:22
12Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 11 - Cell 2
13Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 13 - Cell 2
15Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:37
16Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 15 - Cell 2
17Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 16 - Cell 2
18Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 17 - Cell 2
19Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb0:00:41
21Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:47
23Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 23 - Cell 2
25Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team SkyRow 24 - Cell 2
26Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:54
28Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 28 - Cell 2
30Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First0:00:56
32Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 31 - Cell 2
33Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education FirstRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education FirstRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 34 - Cell 2
36Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education FirstRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education FirstRow 36 - Cell 2
38Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:58
39Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 38 - Cell 2
40Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 39 - Cell 2
41Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 40 - Cell 2
42Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ0:01:02
43Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:05
44Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 43 - Cell 2
45Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 44 - Cell 2
46Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 45 - Cell 2
47Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 46 - Cell 2
48Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 47 - Cell 2
49Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:07
50Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:10
51Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team0:01:12
55Michael Schär (Swi) CCC TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:13
59Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 58 - Cell 2
60Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 60 - Cell 2
62Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 61 - Cell 2
63Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team0:01:14
68Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:01:19
69Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 68 - Cell 2
70Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 69 - Cell 2
71Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 70 - Cell 2
72Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:24
75José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:32
76Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:34
82Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 81 - Cell 2
83Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension DataRow 82 - Cell 2
84Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension DataRow 83 - Cell 2
85José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:38
86Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 85 - Cell 2
87Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-AlpecinRow 86 - Cell 2
88Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 87 - Cell 2
89Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 88 - Cell 2
90Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 89 - Cell 2
91Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 90 - Cell 2
92Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:40
93Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 93 - Cell 2
95Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 94 - Cell 2
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 CreditsRow 98 - Cell 2
100Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 99 - Cell 2
101Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 100 - Cell 2
102Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 101 - Cell 2
103Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 102 - Cell 2
104Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:57
105Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 104 - Cell 2
106Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 105 - Cell 2
107Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 106 - Cell 2
108Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 107 - Cell 2
109Ben King (USA) Dimension Data0:02:01
110Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 109 - Cell 2
111Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 110 - Cell 2
112Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 111 - Cell 2
113Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 112 - Cell 2
114Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:02:02
116Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:04
117Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 116 - Cell 2
118Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:02:10
119Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 118 - Cell 2
120Dayer Quintana (Col) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 119 - Cell 2
121Luca Pacioni (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 120 - Cell 2
122Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 121 - Cell 2
123Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 122 - Cell 2
124Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 123 - Cell 2
125Davide Gabburo (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:02:11
126Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:02:16
127Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 126 - Cell 2
128Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension DataRow 127 - Cell 2
129Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb0:02:22
130Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:41
132Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 131 - Cell 2
133Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 132 - Cell 2
134Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 133 - Cell 2
135Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 134 - Cell 2
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 SoudalRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 139 - Cell 2
141Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
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-MeridaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates0:04:29
154Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:04:34
155Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:23
157Oscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:35
158Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 157 - Cell 2
159Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:37
160Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 159 - Cell 2
161Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:44
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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 SunwebRow 2 - Cell 2
4Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:30
5Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky0:00:40
6Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:12
16Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:31
18Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:33
21Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:54
22Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:55
24Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:02:03
25Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 24 - Cell 2
26Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb0:02:15
27Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:34
28Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 27 - Cell 2
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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