Patrick Bevin & BMC Racing win Tirreno-Adriatico TTT

Patrick Bevin finds himself sitting third overall in the general classification after his BMC Racing Team emerged victorious at the end of stage 1’s team time trial.  Bevin played his part well in the team’s race against the clock as BMC emerged triumphant ahead of Mitchelton-Scott and Team Sky.

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Patrick Bevin finds himself sitting third overall in the general classification after his BMC Racing Team emerged victorious at the end of stage 1’s team time trial.  Bevin played his part well in the team’s race against the clock as BMC emerged triumphant ahead of Mitchelton-Scott and Team Sky.

The 53rd edition of Tirreno-Adriatico kicked off with a 21.5km team time trial in Lido di Camaiore.  Kiwis Jack Bauer of Mitchelton-Scott, George Bennett of LottoNL-Jumbo and Patrick Bevin of BMC Racing were all on the start list and ready to roll down the start ramp for the traditional opening event of the week-long race.

BMC Racing were due to line up for the race with Australian Richie Porte in the team, but he was forced out of the race due to illness.  But that did little to stop the team containing Greg van Avermaet, Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Stefan Küng, Michael Schar and New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin from setting the fastest time of the 22.19mins; besting Jack Bauer’s Mitchelton-Scott team by 4 seconds and Team Sky by 9 seconds.

BMC Racing’s average speed for the 21.5km pancake flat race was an impressive 57.804kph.

Damiano Caruso was first across the line in Lido di Camaiore and he will wear the first blue leader’s jersey of this year’s race; enjoying the plaudits of stepping up to receive the jersey in front of his home crowd.  But with Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Patrick Bevin and Greg van Avermaet all on the same time of 22.19mins there is every possibility that blue could stay in the BMC camp; particularly if Bevin or van Avermaet find themselves unleashed at the finish line of stage 2 in what is expected to be a big bunch sprint.

The top four overall – BMC Racing, Mitchelton-Scott, Sky and Quick-Step Floors – all averaged over 57kph and came in within 15 seconds of each other while Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin starts his Tirreno-Adriatico campaign a little on the back foot after his team came through 25 seconds adrift of top spot.

LottoNL-Jumbo conceded 51 seconds overall to BMC Racing; finishing 13th on the stage ahead of the likes of Astana, Lotto Soudal, AG2R La Mondiale and Dimension Data; with the latter having an outing to forget.  

Mark Cavendish has been the victim of crashes already this season before even arriving at the final kilometre and that unfortunate trend followed him to Tirreno-Adriatico when he came down during the race, sustaining facial injuries.  The team announced after the stage that he would be taken to the hospital as a follow-up.  Any hope that he might start stage 2 were dashed though when it was deemed that he’d finished outside the time cut for stage 1.  Cav crossed the line 6 minutes slower than BMC Racing.

 

Results:

Pos. Team Time

1

BMC Racing Team

22.19

2

Mitchelton-Scott +0.04

3

Team Sky +0.10

4

Quick-Step Floors +0.15

5

Team Sunweb +0.25

6

Team Katusha-Alpecin +0.28

7

BORA-Hansgrohe +0.30

8

Trek-Segafredo +0.39

9

UAE Team Emirates +0.45

10

Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ST

11

Bahrain Merida +0.49

12

Movistar Team +0.50

13

LottoNL-Jumbo +0.51

14

Astana Pro Team +0.53

15

Groupama – FDJ +0.54

16

Lotto Soudal +0.58

17

AG2R La Mondiale +1.03

18

Dimension Data +1.16

19

Gazprom-RusVelo +1.25

20

Willier Triestina-Selle Italia +1.34

21

Israel Cycling Academy +1.47

22

Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini +1.57

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