News: Sprinters Show they can TT


The sprinters time trial to top 10 placings as Peter Sagan is eighth and one place behind for Marcel Kittel in the stage 2 individual time trial at the Eneco Tour

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News: Sprinters Show they can TT

The only individual time trial of the race covered a 9.6km out-and-back loop, starting and finishing in the Dutch town of Breda. With some long, straight sections and few corners to negotiate it was a course suited to the powerful riders, with the sprinters getting up there on the results sheet alongside the TT specialists by the end of the day.

Eighth for Sagan in time trial

You can seemingly throw any stage at him, and he will respond with a big performance. We’re of course talking about Peter Sagan, who, after sprinting to third on the opening stage of the Eneco Tour, backed up with eighth on stage 2, moving up to third on GC.

“I gave my best today and am happy with my time trial and third on GC. Everything is about seconds here and we’re still in a good position. It is important not to crash in the next days and we will see if there’s any wind, and take it day by day – I think the team time trial will be decisive. On Sunday, the legs were super and now they’re a bit more tired, but I’m feeling good.”

Ninth for Kittel in TT
Sagan was not the only sprinter to do a good time trial. One place behind him was Marcel Kittel in ninth. Boxed in during stage 1’s finale and unable to contest the sprint, Marcel Kittel was determined to prove his strong condition on the second day of the Eneco Tour

“I am happy, because I got a good result today and felt strong on the bike. Before the start, I thought of the Giro d’Italia time trial in the Netherlands and wanted to give it my all and do my best. It wasn’t easy, as I’m no time trial specialist, but things worked well today. Not coming too far from the very best shows that I have good legs and gives me even more motivation for tomorrow”, said Marcel – a former Junior ITT World Champion – who will be one of the favourites in stage 3 of the Eneco Tour, which is set to take the peloton over 182 kilometers, from Blanenberge to Ardooie, in Belgium




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