Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won the stage 3, 15km individual time trial at the Tour de Romandie. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) finished in 2nd place and Bob Jungels was 3rd. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) held on to the overall race lead.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka began the day with the hopes of Kanstantsin Siutsou and Cameron Meyer riding to a good result but it wasn’t really to be our African Team’s day.
Meyer started well and when he crossed the line, his time was good enough to place him 7th fastest. As the top GC guys came in though, Meyer slipped down to eventually finish 1’21” down on the stage winner, Pinot. It was still a beneficial day for our African Team riders though as they were able to test the legs in the time trial discipline ahead of the upcoming Giro d’Italia and Tour of California.
Tomorrow will be another day of climbing at the Tour de Romandie and we will be looking to support Merhawi Kudus once again. Our young Eritrean sits 6th in the young rider classification and he will be looking to ride back into the top 3 after tomorrow’s difficult stage.
Oli Cookson – Sport Director
Today we had a really interesting course. There was 3km straight into a headwind, then it was a bit technical before the climb and obviously the climb had those 2 ramps with a bit of a dip in the middle. The descent was really fast, 90 – 100km/h into the final few kilometers which were also quite technical. The main objective was for Cameron to have a really good workout and also to see how Kanstantsin was feeling. It was also good to go through the full process of a proper time trial especially for Merhawi. He went through a full warm up and then he went full through all the corners and could really test himself. He looked super smooth on the climb and despite him being the smallest on our team, he went down the descent the fastest. He can be happy with his ride and this bodes well for the future as looking ahead, we can still work on his time trial. Cam was really solid, you can tell he is an expert just by the way he goes through the corners on the ski’s. Looking ahead to California, today he was good, it’s just the climb with those 2 ramps suited the bigger guys who were able to really power over the top. At the end of the day it was a good day, we had some good weather and it’s just a pity it is forecast to change tomorrow. We need to prepare accordingly so that we can support Merhawi as best as possible.