BMC confirmed their status as one of the best team time trial teams in the world by taking another big win in the discipline on the first stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.
The American team covered the flat 22.7km course in a time of 23min21s which was 17 seconds faster than Quick-Step Floors and 22 seconds faster than FDJ and Movistar. Damiano Caruso is the first leader of the race.
BMC were the final team to start, rolling down the ramp as the pre-race favorites having won here one year earlier. Out on the course, BMC quickly settled into a seamless rhythm as they looked to better 23’37”, the time set by Quick-Step Floors Team.
Fifth-fastest at the complicated turning point, including two left-hand 90-degree turns, BMC kicked it up another gear heading into the second half of the course.
In a brilliant show of strength, the riders stopped the clock at 23’20” which was more than enough to claim the stage win and put Damiano Caruso into the leader’s jersey.
“I feel really good, really excited. This is a dream come true. The team was incredible today. Rohan Dennis and Stefan Küng made a huge difference, and we were setting a really, really fast pace. In the end, it was a surprise for us to finish 17 seconds ahead and faster than last year so, it is incredible. Now I will enjoy wearing this jersey, and from tomorrow we will see what happens”, said Caruso.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 – stage 1 results (Lido di Camaiore ITT):
General classification after stage 1:
|2||Rohan Dennis (BMC)|
|3||Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)|
|4||Stefan Küng (BMC)|
|5||Daniel Oss (BMC)|
|6||Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)|
|7||Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors)|
|8||Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors)|
|9||Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)|
|10||Julien Vermote (Quick-Step Floors)|