Stage 5 of OVO Energy Tour of Britain, individual time trial, drew world class specialists in race against the clock. Among them was Marcin Białobłocki, who set 17th best time.
Info: Stage 5, 7th of September, Tendring – Tendring, 16,2km (ITT)
How it unfolded
16-kilometer, or according to British imperial system, 10-mile time trial was flat as a pancake and suited pure time trialists. Marcin Białobłocki, silver medalist in Polish championships 2017, had eyed that stage and was one of an early starters. He paced himself, as he covered first half of the course in over 10 minutes and went flat out in the second part. CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider crossed the finish line setting best result of 19:34.
Since OVO Energy Tour of Britain is used by many riders as a build-up race for the world championships, the quality of TT specialists was outstanding. Big favorites didn’t disappoint and Lars Boom (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) clocked 19:02, claiming both – a stage win and a GC lead. Even though “Polish Machine” was only 32 seconds slower, he finished the stage outside top 10, in 17th place.
Boom’s teammate, European Champion, Victor Campenaerts took 2nd (6 seconds behind) and Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) 3rd (+7 sec).
Other CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders also put in a solid TT, as Jan Tratnik clocked 26th and Łukasz Owsian 47th best time.