It's been tight! BMC Racing Team won the atypical team time trial from Vannes to Plumelec on the 28km long stage that closed the first chapter of the 102nd Tour de France. The other two dominant teams were Sky who only lost by one second after creeping in the Cadoudal hill and Movistar who finished strongly but four seconds down. Chris Froome retained the lead of the overall ranking with an advantage of 12 seconds over Tejay van Garderen before the Pyrenees.read more
I'm kind of an advisor for Tejay van Garderen because this Tour seems a bit similar to 2011 when Cadel Evans won and I was there too. Whatever his statistics are, Tejay is in an incredible state of form. However, the main part of the race remains ahead of us. The Pyrenees will be a starter and the Alps our main dish. The first day in the mountains will come just after the rest day, that will make it extremely difficult. It's been twenty days since we last saw a climb and La...read more
We've ridden flat out. We finish 28 seconds down. It's not fantastic but it's also not bad. I don't know in which part of the course we've lost time. For Alberto, the Tour de France is still a long way to go. We must continue to believe that he'll win and look for opportunities in the mountains.
We would have loved to win today's stage but we can't be disappointed by our performance. I expected something similar from Team Sky and BMC. With a difference of point six of a second, we can't know where we've lost and what have we missed. At the end everyone has seen that Nicolas Roche was struggling a bit but this is the nature of team time trial. He has given so much before! BMC did better than us and that's it. The first phase has gone better than any of us in the team could have...read more
It's an incredible feeling to win this as a team. During the first week, we've passed all the tests. It's all about momentum and we've having a great time now. First we'll have to get to the Pyrenees. That will be the test. In the Pyrenees we'll see who is fit enough to win the Tour and in the Alps, we'll see who has the resources to win. In terms of physical condition, as we already saw at the Dauphiné, I'm pretty close to Froome but we'll only know in the third week who can do what. The...read more
It was a hard course for a team time trial. I was afraid of this race after the days I broke away but I wanted to contribute to the team's effort. To be in the polka dot jersey in the second week of the Tour de France is wonderful. I'd like to keep it, so after the rest day, I'll try to break away again and score more points.
Questioned this morning by letour.com, BMC directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois said: "I'm glad if the others are afraid of us. I'd rather scare people than being scared. In any case, we don't fear anybody.We're aware that we have the riders to win, we're the reigning world champions. Looking at the circuit, other teams can also fare well. I think of Movistar, who will ride a good TT, I know it's a circuit that suits them. Obviously, Etixx is not the same team without Tony Martin. Now the level...read more
Team Sky directeur sportif Nicolas Portal spoke to letour.com this morning ahead of today's team time trial. “It's true that it's a different ball game with two contenders in this TTT weakened. Etixx-Quick Step without Tony Martin is not the same thing and Orica-GreenEdge have only six riders left, one of them injured. Moreover a week of the Tour levels the chances. I think that with Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard and Chris [Porte], we have the riders for this kind of effort...read more
This stage is unique in the history of cycling. Usually a team time trial is contested in the first third of a Grand Tour but eight stages have already taken their toll. Orica-GreenEdge, the last squad to have won the TTT at the Tour de France two years ago, is three riders down due to the abandons of Simon Gerrans, Daryl Impey and Michael Albasini after crashing. Vannes to Plumelec is also an atypical course as it's lumpy with an uphill finish in a famous cycling heartland. Mûr de Bretagne...read more
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