The BMC Racing team celebrated a third consecutive victory in the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, with riders cheering loudly inside the team bus when Team Sunweb failed to beat their time of 22:19.
BMC changed three riders in their seven-rider squad compared to 2017, when they beat Quick-Step Floors by 17 seconds. This time they were only four seconds faster than Mitchelton-Scott. Team Sky had set the fastest time after starting second but eventually finished third at 10 seconds.
Team Sky had Chris Froome, Jonathan Castroviejo, Vasil Kiryienka, Geraint Thomas and Gianni Moscon in their seven-rider squad. BMC used their power of Rohan Dennis, Stefan Küng, Patrick Bevin and Michael Schar combined with their strength and well-drilled teamwork.
“Our secret is 62, that’s the speed we had,” directeur sportif Max Sciandri joked, happy to win again. BMC’s average was actually 57.777km/h. They were a little faster in 2017, with a speed of 58.329 km/h.
“It’s about work; it’s about coordination, it’s not about a single individual,” Sciandri explained. “It’s a team event, and it’s all these little details being together and brought on the road. Anything can go wrong, and so we do the two days training for this event, and today we got it and we got it good.”
Damiano Caruso was the first rider to cross the finish line for BMC after Dennis did a huge final turn. In the absence of Richie Porte, who fell ill after the Volta ao Algarve, the Italian is the designated team leader, with Dennis as a possible alternative.
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