BORA – hansgrohe wins team time trial at the Czech Cycling Tour.
The 10th edition of the Czech Cycling Tour commenced today with a team time trial. As the only WorldTour team to take to the start in Uničov, BORA – hansgrohe was amongst the favourites to take the win. The team ultimately rode to the finish with the best time of 19:33.
The route led the teams over 18.2km around Uničov. Compared to previous editions of the race, today’s parcours was flat. After 9.1km of the race against the clock, the riders had to navigate a sharp bend in Pňovice to turn back to Uničov, but apart from that obstacle, the stage did not present any particularly difficult sections with which to contend.
The Team Tactics
BORA – hansgrohe started the day as one of the main contenders for the win. With the presence of the time trial specialist and current Polish time trial champion Maciej Bodnar, the team would have a good chance of success.
19 teams took to the start line in Uničov, including 1 WorldTour team and 3 Pro Conti teams. The first outfit, the Japanese National Team, left the start house at 5pm and set the first time at the finish of 21:03. Around 30 minutes later it was BORA – hansgrohe that took on the time trial as the penultimate team to start the stage. They stopped the clock in a time of 19:33. With that great effort, they finished off the day in first position. At the end of the race against the clock, 13 seconds ended up separating the team from the second-placed CCC Sprandi Polkowice. As a result, Christoph Pfingsten will wear the leader’s yellow jersey at the start tomorrow in Olomouc.
01 BORA – hansgrohe 19:34
02 CCC Sprandi Polkowice +0.13
03 Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia +0:50
04 Uno-X Norwegian Dev. Team +0:51
From the Finish Line
“Everything went well today and our riders did a good job. The course was not so demanding from a technical point of view, but it was not necessarily that easy either. I am satisfied with the win of the team today.” – Enrico Poitschke, Sport Director