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by Shane Stokes
March 8, 2018
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Showing that they mean business in the race, the BMC Racing Team took its third consecutive victory on stage one of Tirreno-Adriatico. Winners of the team time trial in 2016 and 2017, the American squad made it a hat-trick on Thursday, acing the race against the clock.
“There is always a lot of satisfaction for us to win here,” said Damiano Caruso, who led Rohan Dennis, Patrick Bevin and Greg Van Avermaet across the finish line and is thus the first overall leader. “This was our first goal of the race, and we did a lot of work to be ready for it so, we are happy.
“The weather was good and the roads too. The parcours is really fast, but we have the right guys to be able to ride fast. The teamwork was excellent. The whole team, staff and riders, were amazing. All of BMC Racing Team worked really hard. I think it was hard for every team today, but we kept pushing to the finish. We went à bloc, and we are happy. I am not sure if there was less wind for us in the final, but for sure, we had a strong group of riders.”
Tipped beforehand, Mitchelton-Scott went through the intermediate time check with the third-best time, then accelerated to go best at the finish. However the BMC Racing Team had more to give and was able to come in four seconds faster, landing the stage win and also the overall lead.
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas led that squad home for third on the day, nine seconds back, while QuickStep Floors and Team Sunweb dropped 15 and 25 seconds respectively.