Uijtdebroeks limits losses in time trial Giro d'Italia

Uijtdebroeks limits losses in time trial Giro d'Italia

Cian Uijtdebroeks finished 20th in the first time trial of the Giro d'Italia. In the time trial of over forty kilometers, the young Belgian conceded 2.55 to stage winner Tadej Pogacar, but does not see his direct rivals in the general classification gain much.

The course of the time trial had a flat first section, but the finish line was drawn at the top of a climb of more than six kilometers. “Light riders like me did not have an advantage in the first part,” Uijtdebroeks said immediately after his race. “I knew beforehand that I would lose time there on other fast guys. That was factored in. I went deep today and gave it my all. I notice I have already made a lot of progression compared to last year in time trialling.”

"We managed to limit the loss today"

Cian Uijtdebroeks

“It was definitely one of the toughest time trials of my life,” continued Uijtdebroeks, who lost his white jersey to Luke Plapp. “It's almost an hour-long ride against the clock. But I think we managed well. We can be satisfied with the result and it's not a disaster that we lost that white jersey. In the high mountains I will continue to give it my all for a good general classification, and therefore also for the young riders classification. We emptied the tank today and managed to limit the loss.”

Jan Tratnik and Edoardo Affini also rode a strong time trial. The duo, like Uijtdebroeks, finished in the top twenty.


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