Jan Tratnik claimed 11th place in the individual time trial, stage 10 of Giro d’Italia. It was solid performance by the entire team, as 5 members of the “orange squad” finished in the top 50.
Info: Stage 10, May 14th, Foligno – Montefalco, 39,5km
Course: undulating, twisty
Marcin Białobłocki was first CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider and third in total to roll down the ramp. He got off to a great start, but after 1st intermediate point he crashed on a fast turn. Polish time trial specialist didn’t suffer serious injuries (outside of bruises) and was able to get back on his bike quickly. That accident cost him some valuable time though, and put him out of his rhythm. Regardless, he was still able to clock solid result (53:51) and take a hot-seat for some time. He finished the day in 29th place.
I’m angry at myself, but what can I do. I think I wanted that top result too much. Asphalt was quite slippery and tackling the corner at such a high speed didn’t help either. I lost 28 seconds, according to my bike computer, just by falling down. In addition to that, after the crash I had some equipment issues, was sore and my motivation plummeted. That’s another 30 seconds if not more – Marcin Białobłock explained.
Vasil Kiryienka was the one who took over the lead from the “orange squad”. He started just after Jan Tratnik. Team Sky rider first passed Slovenian, bridging 1-minute gap, but Tratnik didn’t give up and overtook former world champion, regaining his position ahead of Belarusian.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider set fastest time at the line, but Kiryienka had enough of advantage to take the lead, despite his crash inside final 1km. At the end of the day Tratnik’s time was 8th fastest, beating some of the top TT specialists.
He finished just 2:13 behind stage winner and new race leader, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). Dutchman blew up opponents, putting 49 seconds on Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and 56s on Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors).
Felix Grossschartner, Michal Schlegel and Branislau Samoilau also put on very strong performance, finishing in 26th, 41st and 42nd respectively.
Highest ranked CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider in GC, Jan Hirt was 85th on the stage, but despite that he moved up one spot overall, to 25th.
That was my best time trial performance ever. 20 minutes before the start I was still not sure, if I should go full gas or should I take it easy today. I decided to go all out in the first 10km and see how I feel. I felt great, so I left everything I had on the road. When Kiryienka, world champion passed me, I thought to myself: If he caught me so late in the race, I must be going really fast. That gave me that extra boost and power for the finale – said Jan Tratnik afterwards.
Jury decided that Jan Tratnik was riding too close to Vasil Kiryienka (who passed Slovenian) and imposed 5 second penalty. That moved Tratnik to 11th place on the stage.