Omega Pharma-Quick Step Repeats as World TTT Champion
Omega Pharma-Quick Step has successfully defended its world time trial championship. The Belgian squad beat back GreenEdge by an eyelash to win the gold medal on the flat, 56.8-km course from Montecatini Terme to Florence, Italy in 1:04:16.81. The Australian team settled for silver at 0.81, and Sky took the bronze at 22.85.
we were a few seconds behind. We took the risk that we could either blow up or gain some time and we held the speed until the finish. We also took some risks in the corners. We were a second down in the last intermediate and we knew one corner can be the difference. So we just took the risk. We knew the corners perfectly. We made good preparation going into today, so we can also say it's really a win for the whole team."
"The sport directors who prepared us for the race today are included in this, especially in the last kilometers. The last intermediate time gap killed our morale a little bit, seeing the first gaps and then being down on GreenEdge going into the final kilometers. But we had sport directors in the car who built up our motivation again. Then we just gave everything, full risks in the last 10 kilometers. At the end, it was enough. I think we won it with the big morale in the final. I think it is the same for the other riders on the team. In the last few hundred meters, Tom Steels said, ‘Go go go, take everything, you can be world champion,’ and I think that gave us the last percentage of motivation to put all our power into the pedals. Sometimes one sentence can make the difference."
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