After a fast first day at the BinckBank Tour, the high speeds continued as riders hit the road for a 9km Individual Time Trial.
Despite racing under much wetter conditions than stage winner Stefan Kung (BMC), Peter Sagan clocked the 18th best time of the stage, finishing at 11:23.
“I think I had a good result under such tough weather conditions”, said Sagan. “It is never easy to race when the conditions aren’t the same for everybody but, of course, there is nothing we can do, it’s part of a time trial. Overall, I’m satisfied with what I achieved today and, especially, that I didn’t crash under the heavy rain. It’s a real pity Bodi didn’t take the win today, he was strong and got so close.”
“Weather conditions were really dangerous”, Bora-hansgrohe sports director, Enrico Poitschke added. “We focused today on Bodi, we had a look on the course with him and also watched the weather since yesterday. He did a great race today, he made no mistakes and we can be satisfied with his result. Everybody else did their job today. Because of the tough weather, we didn’t want to risk anything so, everyone should just finish safely. We even wanted Peter to ride carefully because the road was really slippery and wet. He finished safely in 18th. Everything is still possible in the GC and we will give our best in the upcoming stages.”