Solid start for Team Sky duo

06 Feb 2019

Solid start for Team Sky duo

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Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana stage one, 10.2km time trial

Diego Rosa and Geraint Thomas set an identical time in the opening time trial to kick off the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.
 
The Team Sky teammates set a marker of 13 minutes and 15 seconds across the course, which featured a steep final climb in Orihuela.
 
The pair finished 11th and 13th respectively in a tightly bunched leaderboard, 21 seconds back on stage victor Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).
 
The event marks the start of the European season for Team Sky, with Thomas happy to be back in action as he looks for hard race days to bolster his early season form.
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

I tried to go out at a solid pace, but I knew starting that last climb I wasn’t going to have the legs to keep this going all the way to the top.
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“It was okay I just lacked that strength really at the end. I tried to go out at a solid pace, but I knew starting that last climb I wasn’t going to have the legs to keep this going all the way to the top. It is what it is and I’m pleased, considering the work I’ve done with no top end (training).
 
“I could have ridden it a bit better and saved myself for that climb a little bit more. But that was a good hit out and same again for the next few days.”
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What's next?

Stage two sees the race head up into the hills around Alicante. There are three categorised climbs on the menu, but with around 40km downhill to the finish following the Alto de Carrasqueta, a sprint finish looks likely.

Stage result and overall:

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) 12:55
2. Ion Izagirre (Astana) +5"
3. Tony Martin (Team Jumbo-Visma) +7"
4. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) +8"
5. Jos Van Emden (Team Jumbo-Visma) +10"
11. Diego Rosa (Team Sky) +21"
13. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) s.t

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