The 2nd stage of the Vuelta a Burgos took the form of a 10.7km team time trial. Team Astana were the best team on the day, winning the stage ahead of Movistar and Etixx-QuickStep respectively.
The opportunity to perform a team time trial was welcomed as it served as a good practice run ahead of the opening TTT of the Vuelta a Espana, which takes place in less than 2 weeks. It was a rather technical course through the streets of Burgos though and the short distance of 10.7km meant even small mistakes were punished.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were focused on riding smoothly and an emphasis was placed on technique. Our African Team completed the course with an average speed of 46.7km/h which left us 35 seconds off the pace of Astana, in 17th position. While we had still hoped for a better result, in the overall scheme of the race the time gaps are small enough to ensure there is still all to ride for over the next 3 stages.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
It was a technical course as far as team time trials go and we expected a better result from today. We made a couple of mistakes which cost us a better result at the end. It was still a good practice towards the Vuelta a Espana and we know where we can improve.