The stage of the day: the team time trial will produce differences

First opportunity to achieve differences with the team clock: 27.6 km of strolling through Brussels from the Royal Palace to the Atomium.


In the second day, the first opportunity to achieve differences with the team clock: 27.6 kilometers of strolling through Brussels from the Royal Palace to the Atomium. A good test to measure the fitness of the favorites and their partners. As Chente says García Acosta, director of Movistar: "If the eight arrive at the finish line, bad time trial". He trusts four (the minimum required, the fourth marks the time) or five: his two leaders, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde and another runner or two, probably Andrey Amador and Marc Soler (complete the lineup Nelson Oliveira , Imanol Erviti and Carlos Verona) .

In the telephone will finish defining all the details on the morning of the CRE. From 12:00 to 12:50 the traffic will be cut so that the cyclists can inspect the route. Then they will make decisions about wheel pressures and developments. Of course, there will be safe rear lenticular on the eight bikes. Tomás Amezaga, a Movistar mechanic, explains these details: "We came before to check the land and assemble the goats to facilitate the elections, we have the best material with Canyon (bicycles), Campagnolo (wheels) and Continental (tubular). the conditions and what each runner wants, the technicians are in charge of giving the last approval ".

Chente expands the information on how the relays will be deployed:" In principle we are going to order the boys from highest to smallest. we have two captains who are not specialists in the chrono, the others must tighten more to compensate ". Regarding the duration of each shift, it will vary according to the energies and the route: "Like , some five seconds and another half a minute, and we will study the curves and distances in case we want a certain cyclist to be stronger or pull much more in a specific sector, in theory, it seems fast and little technical ".

Eusebio Unzué, manager of Movistar, estimates" do not lose more than 30 seconds "compared to the rest of the favorites. Enric Mas's Deceuninck, competing at home, will start as one of the winners along with Ineos de Bernal and Thomas, the Van Aert Jumbo, Tony Martin and Kruijswijk, the Bora de Sagan, the Mitchelton de los Yates or the Bahrain of Nibali and Dennis. But he wants a good booty: "Maybe he will benefit from the fight for the yellow jersey, and in the sixth stage we will face the ascent to La Planche des Belles Filles, I hope he walks in the lead for the lead". On the other hand, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa assume that they will give time against several of their opponents: "It will consist of losing the minimum and doing it as well as possible. We trust in our services and those of our colleagues" .



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