Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) won the opening stage of the 2020 Vuelta a Espana, out-sprinting the other GC favourites to the famous finish-line at the summit of Alto de Arrate. The 2020 Vuelta a Espana wasted no time in putting the GC riders on show, with today’s tough climbing stage already revealing who the favourites are for the overall title. Without a clear GC favourite, our NTT Pro Cycling riders were to follow the wheels today and guide Gino Mader and Stefan de Bod into the tough final 25km of the race to see what the grand tour debutants could do. de Bod was unfortunate.
NTT Pro Cycling’s Ben O’Connor came agonisingly close to scoring his first stage victory in a Grand Tour, as he finished second in San Daniele de Friuli on stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia. The 24-year-old Australian was part of the 28-man breakaway that was allowed a long leash without any major threat to the general classification riders, at one point stretching out to as much as 15 minutes to the maglia rosa group. Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren) ultimately took the stage, making his intentions known early and attacking from the break, with only O’Connor eventually able to ride across to him. The two rode together.
We’re excited to lineup for the last race of the classics season, AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne. The team sees just one change, with Jay Thomson coming in to replace Micheal Valgren, who is riding La Vuelta. Following on from some aggressive riding in Ronde van Vlaanderen, Max Walscheid, Michael Gogl and Edvald Boasson Hagen will look forward to showing off our team colours again. Samuele Battistella, who featured in the break at Ronde van Vlaanderen, completes our squad with Rasmus Tiller. Michael Gogl- Rider The race will be a tricky one, the weather will play a big role. A strong wind is expected, so I.