Pezcyclingnews: Tour’15 St.9: Bmc By 1 Second!


Jan 3, 2005
Race Report: BMC do the hugging but only by the narrowest of margins from Sky – Froome keeps yellow he looks like the overall winner already – Quintana, Contador and Nibali all lose time to the worlds skinniest chrono man on a short but savage day in North West France.Quintana wont be too upset whilst Contador and Nibalis rides were by no means disastrous – but would you like to have to claw those lost seconds back from Froome in the mountains? Me neither.But lets go back to the start in Vannes . . . .Race distance today is 28 kilometres with three climbs the final one to the line. Blow on that last climb and youll need a calendar to measure the time loss riders in a TTT hover just on the red line, go above that line and its inside ring stuff. Its a tough one, even though its only 28K in total and there doesnt seem to be too much wind or heat.Race favourites have to be reigning world champions BMC; but a TTT after eight tough days isnt the same as one where a team has had the luxury of a well planned build up and much today will be down to whos best conserved energy through a savage first week and who wants it most.Orica-GreenEDGE as first off to quote the pop group Hot Chocolate are just Going through the motions, with only six riders left and Michael Matthews as walking wounded theyre not going...

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