Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) won the opening time trial stage of the Tour de Suisse. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) took 2nd place and 3rd place went the way of Luke Dubridge (Orica-Greenedge).
The 6.4km course around Baar was not one for our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders with no short time trial specialists part of our African Team. At just 6.4km though, the time gaps were all but insignificant in the end as only 1 minute 43 seconds separated all 176 riders at the end of the stage.
Kanstantsin Siutsou was our best placed rider on the day, ending +27″ down on Cancellara while Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was only a further 5″ back. All our African Team riders were in fact, only separated by 38″.
The main focus for our team is firmly fixed on the next 8 days of racing were stage opportunities are certainly up for grabs. Tomorrow is the first such opportunity where the undulating circuit race will suit the likes of Janse van Rensburg and Natnael Berhane.
Jens Zemke – Sport Director
The Tour de Suisse got off to the expected start. We have no specialist for this type of race so for us the goal was to not lose any big time or make any mistakes on the course. Kanstantsin and Reinardt both did good rides but the favourites like Cancellara were always going to be at the top today. We look forward to taking our chances over the next 8 stages of racing.