Jan Tratnik set 9th and Marcin Białobłocki 11th time in the race against the clock, which wrapped 100th edition of Giro d’Italia. Jan Hirt was able to defend his 12th place overall.
Info: Stage 21, May 28th, Monza – Milano, 29,3km
How it unfolded?
After three weeks of competition, rolling through various terrain, two islands and most of regions of Italy, all nine riders of CCC Sprandi Polkowice started the final stage of Giro d’Italia, individual time trial. Marcin Białobłocki was first among them to roll down the start ramp. He set the time of 34:12 and that was the result to beat. Jan Tratnik covered the 29,3-kilometer distance even 7 seconds faster and that resulted in 9th place at the end of the day. When it was all said and done Marcin Białobłocki was 11th. Both CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders paced themselves perfectly leaving something extra for the finale.
Last stage, last chance, so I gave it all – said Jan Tratnik afterwards. -I felt perfect even though the course didn’t suit me. It was totally flat and I prefer more undulating terrain. Still, it was a very good day. I didn’t make any mistakes and I’m very happy with my result. I rode the entire time trial at the same tempo, but still having in mind to have something left for the final kilometers. Thanks to that I was able to add some extra watts before the finish, where we had to face head wind.
Jan Hirt managed to defend his 12th place overall (was 112th, 3:59 back), finishing Giro d’Italia 20:49 behind the winner, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). Dutchman was joined on the race podium by Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida). Jos van Emde won the last stage, ahead of Dumoulin and Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing).
100th Giro d’Italia was a successful campaign for CCC Sprandi Polkowice. Aside from 12th place for Hirt in general standings, the team also claimed three top 10 (Hirt, Felix Grossschartner) and ten top 15 spots.
Jan Hirt’s 12th place in general classification is a result that we can be proud of. Top 10 would be obviously even more satisfying, because you always want more, but we are very happy with that too – said Piotr Wadecki, DS of CCC Sprandi Polkowice. – The entire team, including staff, deserves a lot of credit. Our riders were active and present in the breakaways throughout entire three weeks. In the final week, the hardest of Giro d’Italia, many people didn’t believe in us, but we showed that we are in good form. We were fighting for stage success and we were helping Jan Hirt climb up in the general classification.
Also Jan Tratnik and Marcin Białobłocki put on great performance in time trials. They recorded very good results and we know what we need to work on and what we need to improve to top them.
Giro d’Italia 2017 also showed that we have drawn conclusions from 2015 edition and that we continue to learn and gain experience. And that we benefit from that knowledge in next races.