photo credits @ Le Tour
Jumbo-Visma continued its winning ways in this year’s Tour de France, after claiming the Team Time Trial event in Brussels today, following Mike Teunissen’s surprising victory in yesterday’s opening stage.
The Dutch squad ultimately dethroned Team Ineos, who sat in the hot seat all afternoon after posting the fastest time of 29:18.
Only Deceuninck-QuickStep came close to eclipsing the British team’s time, before Jumbo-Visma stopped the clock at 28:57 to seize the stage honors.
Today’s Team Time Trial featured a 27.6 kilometer course from Brussel’s Royal Palace to the Atomium.
Team Ineos set the benchmark early in the day, crossing the finish with an average speed of 56.5km/h.
Even though David Gaudu slipped in the last curve, Groupama-FDJ bettered Astana by nine seconds, as Jakob Fuglsang didn’t appear to suffer much following his spectacular crash yesterday.
Katusha-Alpecin’s time at the first check point came as a shock, after Alex Dowsett dragged his teammates to a faster time than Ineos. But, the Swiss team eventually fell short of victory by six seconds. Sunweb later stopped the clock with the same time as Katusha-Alpecin.
Deceuninck-Quick Step came close to vanquishing Ineos, but their fourth rider wasn’t able to keep pace in the end.
Jumbo-Visma later hit the road, registering time checks that were faster than their British rival throughout the course.
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