Rain spoiled the spectacle
Voorburg, August 8th 2017. Just 9km long today’s time trial will be fast and the gaps will be small. The course has only few corners but a lot of roundabouts, making it difficult, especially with the weather. It started raining lightly when first riders started, but soon enough it turned into heavy rain. Seems like some of the favorites knew the forecast and finished yesterday towards the end of the bunch so they would start early before the heavy rain. That proved to be a good decision as top 5 from today finished towards the end yesterday. Early favorit Tom Dumolin got 3rd place, just one second behind Maciej Bodnar, who was 4 seconds behind todays stage winner Stefan Kung. Our riders were spread out through the field and those that started earlier (Agnoli, Per, Insausti) had better race then some that started later and had to be more careful. Although careful, Ivan Cortina and Enrico Gasparotto crashed in a “left then right” turn but managed to finish the race with few bruises along the way.
In early hours of the race there were a lot of fans giving support to all the riders, but with rain level increasing, fan numbers started to decrease. Somehow it seams that majority of this year’s World Tour time trials were rain affairs. We are hoping for a better weather tomorrow at the start line in Blankenberge, a costal town close to Brugge.
“Today wasn’t a highlight race for us, but we didn’t want to take any risks.” said Tristan Hoffman our Sports Director – “It was very technical course, as it was very slippery and in one corner unfortunately two of our guys went down. They lost some skin, but they’ll be OK for tomorrow. The rest of the guys came safe. Let’s focus on the next days.”
Credits @TeamBahrainMerida and @MiwaIIJIMA