Time Trial has shaken the GC, very interesting last stage ahead
Abu Dhabi, February 24th, 2018 – Al Maryah Island was hosting 12.6km individual time trial in the penultimate stage of Abu Dhabi Tour. From our riders Navardauskas was first to start. We’ll never forget that Navardauskas won us our first win ever last January in Argentina, and that was also time trial. Ramunas did his best and at that time that was enough for 6 place. When favorites kept finishing he was bumped all the way to the 36th place. Our best rider was Ion Izagirre in 30th position, with 49 seconds behind the winner (Rohan Dennis). Domenico Pozzovivo was 39th, 54 seconds behind the winner.
Our best rider for the day was realistic: “I felt good today, I did all my best in the time trial, but I did loose some time. Tomorrow we need to fight, we need to give 100%. Pozzo and me have nothing to loose, so we need to give our best and see what happens.”
“Today we expected a little bit more from our riders, but they did their maximum, that’s not a question. We need to know that Izagirre came back from the big injury from last year’s Tour de France, also on TT bike, so today was his first TT race after injury, so it wasn’t easy for him, but he did well. We are still there in the mix, maybe not for the GC win, but tomorrow we can go all or nothing” – our Sports Director Rik Verbrugghe said. Asked about if we’ll attack tomorrow, he said: “Yes, I think we’ll try to put someone in a breakaway and then see. The last climb will make the difference, and we’ll try to be there when it matters.”
Tomorrow’s last stage is half urban, half mountainous. Last 11km are climb, with max gradient of 11%.