The Mitchelton steals Jumbo triumph at the last minute

The Dutch team led the inaugural time trial, in which Majka and Gatto, from Bora, suffered an accident, for almost the entire day, but the Australians prevailed in the end.


Mitchelton-Scott snatched the win from Jumbo Visma on Wednesday in the team time trial that opened the 54th edition of the Tirreno-Adriatico, with start and finish at Lido de Camaiore and a distance of 21.5 kilometers.

Aussie Michael Hepburn got the blue jersey thanks to an outstanding time of 22 minutes and 25 seconds for the Mitchelton-Scott, which was the last to start the time trial and that preceded by 7 seconds the time of the Jumbo team, led by the Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

Fue a vibrant test to open the race "of the two seas", in which the Mitchelton-Scott crossed the finish line after maintaining an amazing average speed of 57.54 kilometers per hour. The time trial was developed with very variable climatic conditions. It started with rain, continued with a sunny weather and ended with cloudy weather, although the road remained wet in almost the entire race.

It opened with a scare, as the Polish Rafal Majka and the Italian Oscar Gatto, runners of the Bora Hansgrohe, they had an accident when running over a man when they were pedaling at full speed in the second stage of the race. Fortunately, the two cyclists and the man involved were unharmed, but with superficial injuries and bruises. However, the Bora lost time and finished out of the first ten positions.

The lead of the time trial was solidly in the hands of Jumbo Visma, that ended with a brilliant time of 22 minutes and 32 seconds. Yates and his companions savored the victory until the end, since one of its main rivals, the Sunweb team of the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, despite playing summits of 60 kilometers per hour, finished 15 seconds behind them.

Millchelton-Scott was only missing . And with great effort, the Australian team finished with a tremendous 22 minutes and 25 seconds to snatch a Jumbo victory that seemed already acquired. There was tension until the end, because in the last corner the runners risked another accident, since a woman with a dog was crossing the street just at the time of her arrival. They avoided the impact by half a meter and made a great final sprint to reach the blue jersey.

Also, the Mitchelton-Scott achieved the highest step of the podium, ahead of the Jumbo and the Sunweb. The Sky team finished with a disappointing fifth place, while Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain-Mérida finished tenth. The "test of the two seas" foresees on Thursday the second stage, from Camaiore to Pomarance, with a route of 189 kilometers and a final climb with a demanding climb.

Classification:

.1 Mitchelton-Scott 22: 25

.2 Team Jumbo a 7

.3 Team Sunweb to 22

.4 Quick-Step to 37

.5 Team Sky to 47

.6 Lotto Soudal to 5

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.7 EF Education First to 56

.8 Groupama-FDJ to 58

.9 Israel Cycling to 1: 05

10. Bahrain-Merida to 1: 10



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