TTT win puts Kwiato back on top

06 Jun 2018

TTT win puts Kwiato back on top

Team Sky stormed to an emphatic victory in the team time trial on stage three of the Criterium du Dauphine to move Michal Kwiatkowski back into the race lead.

The impressive team display saw Team Sky finish 37 seconds ahead of nearest rivals BMC Racing in second, with Lotto Soudal third. 

This has moved Kwiatkowski back into the overall lead and elevates Gianni Moscon up to second, three seconds back with Jonathan Castroviejo third and Geraint Thomas fourth. 

Celebrating the result on stage three was far cry from the end of the previous day, which saw Kwiatkowski crash in the closing kilometres and the race leader was pleased he suffered no ill effects today.
Michal Kwiatkowski

Michal Kwiatkowski

It’s a wonderful feeling to win as a team. We rode a perfect stage, technically and tactically, on the entire course."
“I’m so happy that I got no major issues after the crash yesterday. If I could have picked up one stage win in the Dauphiné, I’d like it to be the TTT, he beamed.

"It’s a wonderful feeling to win as a team. We rode a perfect stage, technically and tactically, on the entire course. 

The 35km were demanding with changing rhythm and speed all the time. On paper we had the strongest team, but it’s a different thing to win and I’m very happy we did it.”

Kwiatkowski's words were echoed by Gianni Moscon who was delighted by the team's performance, adding: “Today was just perfect. We had a really smooth ride as a team. We paced it very well on the climbs. It was simply perfect. It’s the best TTT I’ve ever done.

"I’m here to support G [Geraint Thomas] and Kwiato to try and bring home the overall victory. We have a super strong team here. If we commit together, we can make it. I’d like to stay up in GC as long as possible as well but it depends on how the race goes.”
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

We’ve got several cards to play but it’ll still be difficult to win, that’s for sure.”
As a Team Sky rider since the inception of the team, Thomas was well-placed to judge on how impressive the performance was, and he concurred with his teammates, but was aware that there was still plenty of work to do.     

He said: “It was fluid and fast. It’s probably one of Team Sky’s best time trials ever.

"Now we have four hard stages ahead of us and we’ll see how it goes. But we’ll defend the jersey. We’ve got several cards to play but it’ll still be difficult to win, that’s for sure.”
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Stage 3 result:

1. Team Sky 36:33
2. BMC Racing +37"
3. Lotto Soudal +53"
4. Mitchelton-Scott +56"
5. Quick-Step Floors +1'02"

Overall standings:

1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 9:28:21
2. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) +3"
3. Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky) +9"

4. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +21"
5. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) +48"

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