Stage 7: Watopia TTT
We love a team time trial. There is really an art to master this event. It’s all about the draft and believing in the numbers that you are required to do at the front, but also at the back. The teams who draft the best will save more energy, and therefore have more energy for their front riders, and also be in a much more stream lined position which is exactly what you want in order to be the most aerodynamic as possible.
So how did we do? In short – really well ! I am very proud of the teams tonight. For the first time this season we had a full roster. Three teams of six riders each. This is always a big boost.
Fantastic job overall as we beat our previous time from season 1 by 2minutes ! It wasn’t without drama though. Kaspar led us through the first climb but since he is significantly lighter, the effort required to stay in the pack was greater, so he let us go after 8km. We had to finish with 5 riders and the rotations were going great. About 2km from the end, I had an internet drop which meant I was “blind” and couldn’t see anybody. Luckily we were still 5 as you are required 4 minimum and the 4th rider count. Great job to all the team : Bruno, Stu, George, Blake and Kaspar!
Very strong ride from the team but I am sure we have a lot of improvement potential. The pace at the start might have been too high as we lost already Olivier after the first climb, in a similar way than team A. The pace line was harder and it was more a “pack ride” – we’ll have to train that more often. Alec also had the same connection drop but 5km from the end which meant the end was tough for the 4 men remaining but they kept going strong and crossed the line in 6th position on the day. Bravo Olivier, Alistair, Jamie, Alec, Stefan and Julian !
Great team work – the team is really coming nicely together and paced very well as all riders stayed together and finished with the six as a full team. Great work at the front from Nick, Romain and Daniel, and fantastic effort by Arturo, Peter and Marc to grind out the first climb and help the team on the flats. Fantastic team work.