Tiesj Benoot looks ahead to E3 Harelbeke
"I should mainly try to ride my own race and not focus on someone else."
This afternoon Tirreno-Adriatico came to an end with an individual time trial of ten kilometres with start and finish in San Benedetto del Tronto. Thanks to a strong race against the clock Tiesj Benoot moved up to the fourth place on GC!
Before the time trial Benoot was eighth overall at 39 seconds of leader Michal Kwiatkowski. The Lotto Soudal rider was faster in the time trial than Formolo, Adam Yates, Urán and Landa which made him climb to the fourth place on GC at 1’06” of overall winner Kwiatkowski. Benoot is the best young rider in the general classification. Jaime Roson is the second best young rider at nine seconds. For Benoot this fourth place is the pinnacle of a wonderful week during which he claimed three top ten places.
Tiesj Benoot: “I am very happy with this fourth place on GC. This is better than expected. Before the start of Tirreno-Adriatico I aimed for a place on top ten, but this fourth place is beyond expectations. I hadn’t thought to climb four places on GC today. Before the time trial began I hadn’t even thought much about what would still be possible on GC. Gaining one, or maybe two places seemed possible, but it was a surprise that I climbed over Landa and Urán too.”
“During the warm-up I felt I had good legs. Just before the start of my time trial it started to rain. Of course it were the same circumstances for my opponents. I asked for a different set of tubes to take as little risk as possible. I planned my time trial well and had enough energy left to accelerate in the second half. Because it was a matter of seconds, I rode full gas until the finish line.”
“My overall result is the best result of the past week for me. My third place on the steep finish in Trevi was of course very strong. And becoming sixth on the summit finish on Saturday was better than expected. This proves that I have set a step forward on different terrains. Now I will rest a few days and enjoy my recent results, including my current second place in the WorldTour classification.”