With an overall theme of ‘teamwork’ in the minds of KATUSHA ALPECIN riders in Sunday’s stage 2 of the 106th Tour de France, there was no better time to put the concept into action than the beautiful Team Time Trial. The eight team riders gave their best effort and earned fifth place behind winners Jumbo Visma, a strong performance from the Swiss squad. The winning time was 28:57 (57.202km/h).
Nils Politt, one of the big engines for KATUSHA ALPECIN, warmed down after the stage with a satisfied look on his face. Politt: “It worked really well today. The team did such a great job here. I think it was a good parcours for us and we managed to be first at the first check point and then at the end only 5-seconds behind Ineos. There’s no shame in that. We went all in. I think we can be very proud of our efforts today.”
The 27.6km course took place in Brussels. Team Ineos was first out of the gate and set the time to beat for most of the day. Starting midway through the pack, KATUSHA ALPECIN went faster at both check points and settled into second place until the last few teams came through the course. In the end Team Jumbo Visma bested all others, winning by 20 seconds over Ineos, 21-seconds to Deceuninck-Quick Step and 26-seconds ahead of Team Sunweb and KATUSHA ALPECIN, both on the same time. The yellow jersey stayed on the back of yesterday’s stage 1 winner Mike Teunissen, who extended his lead to 10-seconds ahead of teammate Wout Van Aert.
Stage 3 on Monday says goodbye to Belgium. The day begins in Binche, Belgium and ends in Épernay, France at 215km.
Photos by @gettysport