Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had a good start to Tirreno-Adriatico, placing 9th in the 22.7 km long opening team time trial. Steve Cummings led the team across the finishing line in the time of 24:13 minutes, 53 seconds down on BMC Racing Team who took the win and put Damiano Caruso in the first blue leader’s jersey. Cummings and Edvald Boasson Hagen were some of the big engines behind today’s impressive performance, which may have been even better had our Norwegian time trial champion not suffered a flat tire on the final part of the stage. He now hopes for better luck on tomorrow’s uphill.
The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders were able to save a little energy on today’s 14.5 km time trial, which saw Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) win and take the yellow jersey. Omar Fraile was our top finisher today in 48th place, while the team’s fast riders saved as much energy as possible before tomorrow’s 199.5 km undulating stage to Bourg-de-Péage. This is the last chance for the sprinters to shine but as it’s also final call for those riders who aren’t strong uphill, many will be eager to get into the morning breakaway. After his ninth place on stage 3, Kristian Sbaragli, naturally, hopes for.