Victor Campenaerts retains his European title
Campenaerts: once again the fastest European!
Lotto Soudal has finished third in the 35 kilometres long team time trial at Dauphiné. The team with among other European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts, Tiesj Benoot and Thomas De Gendt took 53 seconds longer to cover the course than Team Sky that set a time of 36’33”. BMC claimed the second place at 38 seconds. Lotto Soudal left Mitchelton-Scott (4th at 56”) and Quick-Step (5th at 1’02”) behind in the stage ranking.
Victor Campenaerts: “We knew that we had a strong team and we were very eager to set a good result. We prepared very well: a recon in the morning and a thorough warm-up before the start. We rode a steady pace all way long. At the first intermediate point we set the fifth time, the fourth time at the second time check and eventually we got third at the finish. While other teams lost places, we could hold on to our tempo.”
“The last ten kilometres were very hard and now and then someone had to skip a turn or someone got in difficulty to get on the wheel of the last rider, but that’s normal when you are in the running for a top result. That Team Sky would be hard to beat, was obvious. BMC is always strong in a team time trial too. That we leave Mitchelton-Scott and Quick-Step behind us shows how strong this performance is.”
Jens Keukeleire is now ninth overall, at 1’01” of GC leader Michal Kwiatkowski. Tiesj Benoot is thirteenth, at 1’16”.