CCC Sprandi Polkowice have proven to be one of the stronger squads in the team time trial, taking 2nd place in Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali’s TTT and beating some quality World Tour teams.
Info: Stage 1b, March 22nd, Gatteo a Mare – Gatteo , 13,3km
Course: flat (TTT)
CCC Sprandi Polkowice approached the stage as a two-time defending winners of this TTT. The team won it in 2015 and 2017, and was mentioned as one of the favorites for this year’s battle. The “orange squad” was one of the early starters, rolling off the start ramp as 5th team.
Amaro Antunes, Jonas Koch, Jan Tratnik, Kamil Gradek, Patryk Stosz, Michał Paluta and Mateusz Taciak set the time of 14:54, beating Mitchelton-Scott who were leading at the time, by just 0,2s. Later only Team Sky covered the course faster, clocking 14:44.
Some great World Tour teams, such as Mitchelton-Scott, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Trek – Segafredo, Team EF Education First-Drapac, or Movistar were all slower than the Polish squad and 2nd place became a reality.
We were very motivated for this TTT after last year’s victory. We have a strong team and everybody believed that we can pull this one off. I think that we didn’t make any mistakes and every rider gave maximum effort. We were beaten only by Team Sku, so we can be very happy and look forward to next team time trials – Jan Tratnik explained. – I feel very good and I hope to have good legs on tomorrow’s hilly stage, to be in position to fight for overall. I’m not a typical climber so I will need a good day, to keep up with the favorites in the mountains. If not, we also have Amaro on the team, who is great on the climbs and does very well in time trial.
I have big goals regarding that last ITT and will focus on that.
Pascal Eenkhoorn (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), winner of morning semi-stage, retained his overall lead, while Jonas Koch is the highest placed CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider in GC, as he sits in 8th place.