For the second consecutive time CCC Sprandi Polkowice finished in top 10 in world championship team time trial. In Innsbruck the “orange squad” took 9th place.
Info: September 23rd, Ötztal – Innsbruck, 62,8km
Course: flat with one climb (4,6km, avg. 5,7%, max. 13%)
We can be satisfied with our performance. The goal was the finish in the top 10, besting few World Tour teams and we were able to accomplish that goal. In the back of our mind we were hoping to better last year’s 8th place, but we are happy with 9th as well. We’ve proven that we are one of the teams that can prepare very well for the TTT and that this is one of our biggest strengths – Piotr Wadecki, CCC Sprandi Polkowice sporting director explains. – The course was quite tricky and pacing was very important. We started off strong, but we didn’t go flat out, so we still had something left for the second part of the route, which included that 4-kilometer ascent. We trained on this course for few days prior to the worlds, so we knew how much time you can lose in the climb if you set too high of a pace early on.
Our guys put on solid, even effort and everyone left everything they had out on the road. We also had some luck, since over the 63km distance we didn’t have any punctures or crashes.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders – Jan Tratnik, Kamil Gradek, Mateusz Taciak, Łukasz Owsian, Adrian Kurek and Szymon Sajnok – were managing their effort early, so they have something left for much more demanding, second part of the course. At first check point they recorded 13th best time, but afterwards they picked up the speed and at the top of the main, over 4-kilometer long, ascent of the day, they climbed into provisional top 10.
Tratnik, Taciak, Gradek and Owsian – who were first “riders in orange” to reach the summit – set the best result (in that moment) there. Remaining 18km were all downhill or flat and the quartet had to keep digging deep to finish off this TTT strong.
They arrived across the line with the time of 1:10:03 (avg. 53,4km/h), taking over the lead. Few minutes later Trek – Segafredo took the hot seat and at the end of the day CCC Sprandi Polkowice finished in 9th place in the final standings. After last year’s worlds, in which the team was 8th, it was another top 10 performance for the Polkowice-based squad.
Quick Step Floors claimed the win, defeating Team Sunweb and Team BMC.