A good start in Nîmes
Lavuelta’s opening Team Time Trial in Nîmes ended with a good ninth place for Team Bahrain Merida.
As a 13-kilometer route with a first technical part with many curves in the city center and a second part much more fastest, Vincenzo Nibali and his teammates lost 31 seconds from the team winner the American BMC with Rohan Dennis’s first leader of the Spanish race .
“We are pleased with the result,” says General Manager Brent Copeland – which is what we expected. We started really well, but in the final we lost few seconds. “
“It was important to start without problems – he adds – and we did better than some riders who will fight for the final victory”.
“It was a shame to have only six riders in the last kilometers when we need more speed – says sport director Alberto Volpi – but overall everything went well. We did a good job in the first part with many bends and then we made more effort. “
Tomorrow’s stage is still in the South of France. From Nimes to Gruissan of just over 200 kilometers with a completely flat path; Only unknown could be the side wind. Almost certainly coming to the sprint bunch.
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