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Tour de Slovenie - Stage 1
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Tour de Slovenie

Stage 1: TTT, 38.0km


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Welcome to the opening stage of this year's Tour de Slovenie! It won't just take good legs in order to do well today, but great teamwork is required as well, as we're starting off the race with a 38km hilly team time trial. The first section (9.9km) is quite rollercoaster-style, whereas the second section (11.7km) mainly features one big hill with some kind of "steps". The final section (16.4km) then has a long downhill, before a final hill will make evident who's got enough power left. After a steep downhill, the last 500 meters are again uphill - could this even be the decisive part?

In the preview, we tried to predict the stage favorites - which proved to be hard. Whereas we considered the hill strength to be more important than the pure TT capabilities, the bookies did it the other way round - they consider pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio to be today's top teams, followed by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia. We'll see - the race is on!


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten has the privilege - or the duty? - to open this year's edition. The teams have to tackle the first hill directly after the start - you better be well prepared!

And of course, they are the first team to reach the first checkpoint:
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten - 15'02.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia is unable to match the Japanese team's pace: + 23"

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Xero have got a huge disadvantage, having nominated only 6 riders. This makes an impact already in the first section: + 45"


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg then with a slight surprise: Best time at 15'01, one second ahead of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten. However, they seem to be a little disorganized. We'll keep an eye on that...

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Sauber didn't have such a great start: 41" back.


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One of the favorite teams reaches the first checkpoint: For pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio, the clock stops at 15'08, meaning they're currently 7" back. Nothing lost yet, but not what we expected from them, either.


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The next team does better: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA lower the best time by one more second, as they're clocked at 15'00!


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While pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten reach the second checkpoint at 33'26, and still look very harmonic, let's recapitulate the first intermediate times:
1. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA 15'00
2. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg + 1"
3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten + 2"
4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio + 8"
5. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia + 25"
6. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Sauber + 42"
7. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Xero + 47"

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk with a rather slow start as well, as they are 18" back and currently only take 5th!


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia are rapidly approaching the second time check, but they lost more time on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten: + 32"

In the meantime, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Carrefour confirm at the first time check that the preview wasn't completely wrong: + 1'42 already!

Which is quite much the same deficit as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Xero have at the second checkpoint: + 1'42


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Lierse looks to be on track, but the stopwatch doesn't agree: + 55" at Inter 1.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg clearly extend their lead by the second split time, as they clock at 33'03 and are now 23" ahead!

As expected, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Europcar don't know what "ahead" means; they're rather working on the "behind" side. + 1'33 and currently second-to-last at the first checkpoint.


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Another stage favorite team approaches the first intermediate time, and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo aren't able to take the lead, either. + 7", about level with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Sauber reach the second split time, and they haven't found the extra gear yet. + 2'33

And we can already see pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio in the background, so they must be quite a lot faster than the sammarinese team. Indeed, the clock stops at 33'53 - but that means a huge deficit of 50"! That's a real surprise - and a bad one for the Finns!


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Philips is the next team to reach checkpoint number one. However, they won't like what they see - 45" back, only P9 currently.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA have already done 11.7km more, meaning they're about to reach the second checkpoint. And they've lost their lead - by 19"! This still puts them in 2nd, though - can they strike back on the last section?

Meanwhile, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra reach the first intermediate time 55" late. Quite much as expected, though.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten opened the race - they're the first team to reach the finish line, too. Looking at their intermediate times, 53'09 could be a decent final time.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire, ranked amongst the top favorites by the bookies, have a rather slow start: + 32". However, the remaining sections see a more constant terrain - could this help them?

After 15 teams have passed the first checkpoint, let's take a look at the Top 10:
1. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA 15'00
2. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg + 1"
3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten + 2"
4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo + 7"
5. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio + 8"
6. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk + 18"
7. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia + 25"
8. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire + 32"
9. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Sauber + 42"
10. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Philips + 45"

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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk, one of the preview's stage favorites, have still not found their speed. + 1'09" at the second split. Is the profile still too flat for them?

With now 8 teams having passed this checkpoint, let's have a look at the timings as well:
1. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg 33'03
2. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA + 19"
3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten + 23"
4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio + 50"
5. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia + 55"
6. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk + 1'09
7. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Xero + 2'05
8. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Sauber + 2'33

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel are next to reach the first split time. And they match pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk's time for P6, being 18" back.


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Were pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia able to gain back some time on the last section? They were 32" back. And now, the clock stands at 53'48 - meaning a 39" deficit. Not great, but it could have been worse for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre. Even though we probably don't know the winning time yet.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png ENI - MOL has meanwhile reached the first intermediate time. 20" back is better than expected, currently P8.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Lierse have caught pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Carrefour as they reach the second checkpoint side by side. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Lierse clocks at 34'40 (+ 1'37), whereas pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Carrefour have lost about 2'30 on them - 4'09 in total, to be precise. Which is dead last.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Xero lost some more time on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten, but not as much as before: + 1'52 in the end, only 10" more than at the second checkpoint. Did the japanese team fade on the last section, or did pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/xr0.png Xero save some forces for this part of the race?

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Campari clocks at 15'29 at the first split, meaning + 29" and P10. About as expected as well.


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Final meters for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg! But they're in trouble, as only three men stay together as they reach the finish line! Will this cost the lead?

No! Even with their horrible last kilometer, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg save 16" on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten and take the lead with the new time to beat: 52'53! The winning time?


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At least, they're able to keep pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo at bay. + 18" for the Swiss team, one second ahead of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA and currently P2 at the second time check.

You may have noticed that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Europcar should have arrived there before. They haven't, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo have already passed them. The French are 3'55 back and fight for the red lantern against their pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Carrefour compatriots.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Popo4Ever are already in the downhill section after the first split, where they arrived 20" late. P8 at the moment, which should be OK.

At least, they're much faster - almost a minute - than pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Delvaux who have just brought 6 riders as well. 16'07 and + 1'07 for the Belgians. Which is quite much as expected, though.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Philips however won't be happy with P10 at the second checkpoint - already 2'19 back! They are strong on the hills, but not so strong in terms of TT - which seems to punish them quite brutally!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Sauber is then the next team to reach the finish line. They didn't have strong split times, and the end time isn't, either: + 2'48. But even they didn't lose that much time on the final section - "just" 15". Should pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg be afraid?


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They might be, as one of the preview favorites approaches the finish line. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio indeed seem to be very fast on this last section!

And they managed to gain some time back, but it's only 13". Meaning they are 37" behind pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg. Rather disappointing, I would say - but nothing lost for the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Gautier yet!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Swisslion then is the last team to cross the line at the first checkpoint. A midfield P14 with + 45" is more than expected in the preview.

Let's take a final look at the top times at checkpoint one:
1. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA 15'00
2. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg + 1"
3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten + 2"
4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo + 7"
5. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio + 8"
6. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel + 18"
7. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk + 18"
8. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Popo4Ever + 20"
9. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png ENI - MOL + 20"
10. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia + 25"


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA were first on checkpoint 1, currently third at the second split - how did they perform on this final section?

They seem to be very fast! But the clock ticks...52'50...52'51...52'52...52'53...52'54... and stops at 52'59! As pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio, they were 13" faster than pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg on this final part, but they still come short of the best time by 6". It seems as if the race might not be over yet...


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra are still riding in perfect formation, too, but that doesn't seem to make them overly fast. 2'33 back is the brutal verdict at the second checkpoint. That's P12 and the same time as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/spr.png Sauber.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire have lost clearly less time than pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra on this second section - but it's still a lot of time. They're currently 8th, but already 1'22 back. Is the race too hilly for one of the bookies' pre-race favorites?


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Talking about pre-stage favorites, here comes pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk, one of the top teams in the preview. But for them, the stage wasn't too hilly, they rather found it too easy. And so, no big result: + 1'10 at the finish line, which is P6, and only one second more than at the second checkpoint. Which confirms pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg's sub-optimal third section once again.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel now reach the second checkpoint. They had P6 at the fist one - and now they lose at least one spot. Currently 7th with + 1'01. What do they have left?


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png ENI - MOL lose a lot of time, too, as the second split time indicates a deficit of 1'13. Which means currently P9 and still a midfield place.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Lierse are then expected at the finish line. And they pay dearly for their slow start: They lost more time on section 1 than on 2 + 3 combined, meaning from 55" to 1'43 at the finish line - and from P18 to currently 7th!

Which of course is still not a big deal compared to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Carrefour, who they overtook after 2/3 of the race: + 4'50 for the French team. As expected, we have to say, though.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Campari had an OK start, but they weren't really able to build up on this: they lose almost 2 minutes between splits 1 and 2, meaning + 2'18.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Popo4Ever almost lose one minute on section 2 as well. They're now 1'18 back and currently take P10 at this checkpoint.


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But now we are expecting pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo at the finish line, who are still 2nd at checkpoint 2. Other teams have already shown it's possible to gain some time on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg - how fresh were their legs on this final part?

The clock will be the impartial judge, and it's ticking...52'48...52'49...52'50...52'51 - and it stops! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo gain 20" on this final section, and they take the leader seat by just 2"! Who could attack this time now?


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Without any surprise, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Europcar won't. For them, it's just the fight for (or against) the red lantern - which stays with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cfe.png Carrefour, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Europcar finishes 4'21 behind the new leaders, meaning 31" ahead of the other French team. At least for these two positions, the preview was accurate.

In the meantime, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Delvaux pass the second checkpoint. They're exactly 3 minutes back now, which is certainly a disappointment for them, but not unexpected for us.


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And with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Swisslion reaching the second split time - exactly two minutes back taking P13 - we now have all results at this point. Let's look again at the Top 10:
1. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg 33'03
2. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo + 18"
3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA + 19"
4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten + 23"
5. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio + 50"
6. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia + 55"
7. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel + 1'01
8. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk + 1'09
9. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png ENI - MOL + 1'13
10. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Popo4Ever + 1'18

We can see that the best of these teams still racing are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel, but it seems rather unlikely that they ride 43" faster than pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo on the final kilometers. Yet, never say never...

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Philips wasn't even among the Top 10 at this point and hence aren't expected to finish on a high. Indeed, the clock stops at 55'23, or 2'32 back. P10 at the moment.

It surely wasn't the best of days for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Andorra, either. They lose almost 3 minutes; + 2'59 and currently 12th.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire does much better! In fact, they only lose two tiny seconds on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo in this final section, which is the second best time on this part (gaining 18" on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg). However, they are still 1'05 behind the Swiss team, taking P7 in the provisional standings. Certainly not what's expected by a pre-race favorite - but to be fair, the preview saw them much lower, around P15.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel would have needed to gain 43" on this last section - as expected, they weren't able. They lose another 10" on the Swiss team - still posting a good 3rd section time. A 53" deficit currently means P6, one place behind pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png ENI - MOL then are next, and as they were already 1'13 behind, they shouldn't be dangerous, either. But... wait! Obviously, they can't take the lead, but they got really close to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel! 53'40...53'41...53'42...53'43...53'44...53'45 - they come just one second short of the Spaniards' time! Which means that they even were one second faster than pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo on this last part - a great finish!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Campari weren't able to ride at a similar speed, as they lose some more time on this final section to finish on P13, + 2'26.

Only three teams left, and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/p4e.png Popo4Ever is on the last 100 meters as well. Their 3rd secion was OK, too, losing only 14" on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo, but with 1'14 back it's only P11 for them. About as predicted.


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Here we have the second 6-riders-team - and at least they were able to stay together, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/del.png Delvaux reaches the finish line. Not a good day for them, as they lose 3'16 and leaving just the two French teams behind.


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pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Swisslion is the final team on track. They didn't have impressive split times either - and so their final deficit of 2'14 is no surprise. However, P14 is still better than the preview expected them to do.


And with the last team in, we now definitely have a winner: Congrats to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo for the win on this opening stage! They were among the preview's stage favorites, so their performance surely doesn't come as a surprise.

This is quite much different for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg Cycles, who take a rather surprising 2nd place! It seems like their relative homogeneity actually paid out - most of their riders have very similar Hill and TT stats, whereas in other teams the hills and TT specialists were distinct. The preview didn't consider this, so this great performance was not expected at all. And had they not been that disorganized on the last kilometer, they might have been more than 2" faster...

To round off the podium, we have yet another quite surprising team in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA - Hexacta. As pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg, they don't have specialists for either domain, but rather good hybrid riders instead. 8" behind is certainly a great performance!

In general, it has to be said that the preview underestimated the influence of the pure TT strength - with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire (TT squad) finishing almost level with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk. A great combination of both was the clue - and a certain homogeneity, that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel may have been lacking bit.

Before we'll analyze what happened to some GC favorites today, let's have a look at today's Top 10:
1. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo 52'51
2. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg Cycles + 2"
3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png ISA - Hexacta + 8"
4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Rakuten Pro Cycling + 18"
5. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Valio - Viking Genetics + 39"
6. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Euskaltel - Elior + 53"
7. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png ENI - MOL + 54"
8. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Iberia - Team Degenkolb + 57"
9. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png cycleYorkshire + 1'06
10. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Kraftwerk Man Machine + 1'12

We'd like to apologize for not having posted any images of the victory ceremony - some guy apparently thought that placing the camera behind a huge tree was a great idea.


When talking about individual riders, we definitely have to start with our first GC leader: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Zakkari Dempster was the first of his team to cross the line and will wear the jersey tomorrow. Being a great ITT rider, he's got a great position now - but if the hilly stages should be hard, he will suffer. All riders of the pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Duolingo team actually can do good ITTs, but the only one who's great on the hills as well is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Trofimov. He was among the preview favorites, and with today's stage - and e.g. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kelderman having lost more than 2 minutes - his position has greatly improved. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/duo.png Cornu is in a good position as well, if he doesn't lose too much time on the hills.

For the pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Berg riders, it may already have been the best stage of the race, as they have neither a strong puncheur nor a great ITT rider. The situation should be better for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Sepulveda, who only lost 8" today and has a good margin on some great puncheurs/TTers.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/rak.png Serry is only 20" back, getting him a solid base. However, he needs to gain a lot more time in the hills, as his ITT should be too weak to keep up with the top riders. Behind, the situation for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Gautier, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/vvg.png Kittel & Co. is still OK, but 40" is still a considerable deficit.

And let's look at some other of the pre-race favorites:
47. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Gebrezgabihier + 53"
52. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Robert + 55"
54. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eue.png Costa + 56"
62. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/itd.png Izagirre + 1'00
68. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Durbridge + 1'06
70. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/yor.png Viennet + 1'11
72. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png FlĂĽgel + 1'12
85. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich + 1'17
93. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/lpu.png Waeytens + 1'47
103. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/sct.png Bilbao + 2'13
122. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Kelderman + 2'34
133. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Mottin + 3'00
135. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Barrio + 3'00
140. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Dowsett + 3'04

Most of them are one minute or more back, and especially the puncheurs have to attack starting tomorrow! We're hoping for plenty of action - will you join us again then?


Stage 1 result

1Zakkari DempsterDuolingo52'51
2Shane ArchboldDuolingos.t.
3Antonio BarbioDuolingos.t.
4Yuri TrofimovDuolingos.t.
5Rodrigo NascimentoDuolingos.t.
6Choon Huat GohDuolingo+ 1
7Ricardo VilelaBerg Cycless.t.
8David BartlBerg Cycless.t.
9William ChiarelloBerg Cycless.t.
10Joao RodriguesBerg Cycless.t.
11Jose FernandesBerg Cycless.t.
12Youcef ReguiguiBerg Cycles+ 3
13Frederico FigueiredoDuolingos.t.
14Dominique CornuDuolingo+ 6
15Emiliano ContrerasISA - Hexacta+ 8
16Flavio De LunaISA - Hexactas.t.
17Murilo AffonsoISA - Hexactas.t.
18Salah Eddine MraouniISA - Hexactas.t.
19Eduardo SepulvedaISA - Hexactas.t.
20Chun Kai FengISA - Hexacta+ 10
21Sven VandousselaereISA - Hexacta+ 13
22Ilnur ZakarinISA - Hexacta+ 14
23Chen ShikaiRakuten Pro Cycling+ 18
24Jacob SalconeRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
25Kazushige KubokiRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
26King Lok CheungRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
27Teodoro CostagliRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
28Joni BrandaoBerg Cycless.t.
29Pieter SerryRakuten Pro Cycling+ 20
30Pierre RollandRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
31Vitor RodriguesBerg Cycless.t.
32Jingbiao ZhaoRakuten Pro Cycling+ 22
33Paavo PaajanenValio - Viking Genetics+ 39
34Samuel PokäläValio - Viking Geneticss.t.
35Marcel KittelValio - Viking Geneticss.t.
36Joni KanervaValio - Viking Geneticss.t.
37Yevgeni NepomnyachsniyValio - Viking Geneticss.t.
38Cyril GautierValio - Viking Genetics+ 41
39Sachin DulanjanaValio - Viking Genetics+ 43
40Ingvar OmarssonValio - Viking Genetics+ 47
41Jaime CastrilloEuskaltel - Elior+ 53
42Andres PaezEuskaltel - Eliors.t.
43Jonathan McEvoyEuskaltel - Eliors.t.
44Ruben FernandezEuskaltel - Eliors.t.
45David GauduEuskaltel - Eliors.t.
46Charles MatteENI - MOLs.t.
47Amanuel GebrezgabihierENI - MOLs.t.
48Mujtaba HusseinENI - MOLs.t.
49Karol Andrzej DomagalskiENI - MOLs.t.
50Stylianos FarantakisENI - MOLs.t.
51Vincenzo NibaliEuskaltel - Elior+ 55
52Stelly RobertEuskaltel - Elior+ 56
53Gaetan PonsENI - MOLs.t.
54Rui CostaEuskaltel - Eliors.t.
55Egan BernalIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
56Benoit CosnefroyIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
57Jasper PhilipsenIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
58Ivan Garcia CortinaIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
59Alexis GougeardIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
60Alfredo BalloniENI - MOLs.t.
61Marc SolerIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
62Ion IzagirreIberia - Team Degenkolb+ 1'00
63Jakub KratochvilaIberia - Team Degenkolbs.t.
64Kristjan KorencycleYorkshire+ 1'06
65William FordcycleYorkshires.t.
66Jocelyn BarcycleYorkshires.t.
67Benjamin ThomascycleYorkshires.t.
68Luke DurbridgecycleYorkshires.t.
69Artem OvechkincycleYorkshire+ 1'08
70Emilien ViennetcycleYorkshire+ 1'11
71Nico DenzKraftwerk Man Machine+ 1'12
72Aleksandar FlĂĽgelKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
73Florian ScheitKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
74Alexandre ShushemoinKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
75Aiman CahyadiKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
76Andrew TennantcycleYorkshires.t.
77Andrii BratashcukTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroffs.t.
78Mikhail KochetkovTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroffs.t.
79Oleksandr GolovashTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroffs.t.
80Zouzou AndriafenomananiainaTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroffs.t.
81Martin LaasTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroffs.t.
82Johann van ZylKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
83Wojciech PszczolarskiTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff+ 1'16
84Josue Gonzalez CortesKraftwerk Man Machine+ 1'17
85Lucas SchädlichKraftwerk Man Machines.t.
86Mykhaylo KononenkoTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroffs.t.
87Petr RikunovTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff+ 1'20
88Matteo PelucchiLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1'45
89Laurens De PlusLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeams.t.
90Josef CernyLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeams.t.
91Wout Van AertLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeams.t.
92Manuel SenniLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeams.t.
93Zico WaeytensLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1'47
94Gianni MosconLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1'48
95Tom DavisonXero Racing+ 2'10
96Shaun Nick BesterXero Racings.t.
97Morne Van NiekerkXero Racings.t.
98Mekseb DebesayXero Racings.t.
99Stanislau BazhkouXero Racings.t.
100Hugo HouleXero Racing+ 2'12
101Daniel Felipe MartinezSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'14
102Andreas Odie Purnama SetiawaSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
103Pello BilbaoSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
104Callum ScotsonSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
105Matic GroseljSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
106Izidor PenkoSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'16
107Michael ChristodoulosSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
108Gabor KasaSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'19
109Laurent PichonCampari/Asahi development+ 2'26
110Mark ChristianCampari/Asahi developments.t.
111Federico RocchettiCampari/Asahi developments.t.
112Ha Jeon JungCampari/Asahi developments.t.
113Filippo FiorelliCampari/Asahi developments.t.
114Vincenzo AlbaneseCampari/Asahi development+ 2'29
115Yosukue MatsumotoCampari/Asahi development+ 2'31
116Andrea PaliniPhilips+ 2'32
117Wout PoelsPhilipss.t.
118Ronan Van ZandbeekPhilipss.t.
119Pim LigthartPhilipss.t.
120Olivier Le GacPhilipss.t.
121Blel KadriCampari/Asahi development+ 2'34
122Wilco KeldermanPhilipss.t.
123Thomas BoudatPhilips+ 2'45
124Nandra Eko WahyudiSauber Petronas Racing+ 2'50
125Benedikt MundleSauber Petronas Racings.t.
126Jamal HibatullahSauber Petronas Racings.t.
127Nawuti LiphongyuSauber Petronas Racings.t.
128Gregor MuhlbergerSauber Petronas Racings.t.
129Riccardo PuttiSauber Petronas Racing+ 2'52
130Jasper BovenhuisPhilips+ 2'54
131Muhamma Afif Ahmad ZamriSauber Petronas Racing+ 2'55
132Andrea Enrico MaccagliSauber Petronas Racing+ 2'56
133Hugues MottinAndorra Cycling Project+ 3'00
134Oscar CabanasAndorra Cycling Projects.t.
135Sergio BarrioAndorra Cycling Projects.t.
136Sonny ColbrelliAndorra Cycling Projects.t.
137Andrea ZordanAndorra Cycling Projects.t.
138Domen NovakAndorra Cycling Project+ 3'02
139Georgos TzortzakisAndorra Cycling Project+ 3'03
140Alex DowsettAndorra Cycling Project+ 3'04
141Ryan ChristensenDelvaux+ 3'16
142Michel KrederDelvauxs.t.
143Gregory DanielDelvauxs.t.
144Tony GallopinDelvauxs.t.
145Mikhail IgnatievDelvauxs.t.
146Ben HermansDelvaux+ 3'18
147Kobe VanoverscheldeENI - MOL+ 4'16
148Rasmus SteroboTeam Europcar+ 4'21
149Patrik TyborTeam Europcars.t.
150Jon AberasturiTeam Europcars.t.
151Saulo LayTeam Europcars.t.
152Michael MatthewsTeam Europcars.t.
153Sebastian HenaoTeam Europcar+ 4'24
154Robert GavendaTeam Europcar+ 4'26
155Alan BanaszekCarrefour - ESPN+ 4'52
156Wen Hao LiCarrefour - ESPNs.t.
157Antoine DuchesneCarrefour - ESPNs.t.
158Amine GaldouneCarrefour - ESPNs.t.
159Hassen Ben NasserCarrefour - ESPNs.t.
160Aleksa CrncevicCarrefour - ESPNs.t.
161Andranik MargaryanControl Team+ 2h18'50
162Bruno Antoelson DornellesControl Teams.t.
163Vincente Garcia De MateosControl Teams.t.


GC

Same as stage result


Points

n/a


KoM

n/a


Team

1Duolingo52'51
2Berg Cycles+ 2
3ISA - Hexacta+ 8
4Rakuten Pro Cycling+ 18
5Valio - Viking Genetics+ 39
6Euskaltel - Elior+ 53
7ENI - MOL+ 54
8Iberia - Team Degenkolb+ 57
9cycleYorkshire+ 1'06
10Kraftwerk Man Machine+ 1'12
11Team Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff+ 1'14
12Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1'45
13Xero Racing+ 2'10
14Swisslion Cycling Team+ 2'14
15Campari/Asahi development+ 2'26
16Philips+ 2'32
17Sauber Petronas Racing+ 2'50
18Andorra Cycling Project+ 3'00
19Delvaux+ 3'16
20Team Europcar+ 4'21
21Carrefour - ESPN+ 4'52



Youth

1Joao RodriguesBerg Cycles52'53
2Jose FernandesBerg Cycles+ 0
3Emiliano ContrerasISA - Hexacta+ 6
4Jingbiao ZhaoRakuten Pro Cycling+ 20
5Joni KanervaValio - Viking Genetics+ 37
6Sachin DulanjanaValio - Viking Genetics+ 41
7Jaime CastrilloEuskaltel - Elior+ 50
8Andres PaezEuskaltel - Elior+ 50
9David GauduEuskaltel - Elior+ 50
10Amanuel GebrezgabihierENI - MOL+ 51
11Stylianos FarantakisENI - MOL+ 51
12Egan BernalIberia - Team Degenkolb+ 55
13Benoit CosnefroyIberia - Team Degenkolb+ 55
14Jasper PhilipsenIberia - Team Degenkolb+ 55
15Ivan Garcia CortinaIberia - Team Degenkolb+ 55
16Benjamin ThomascycleYorkshire+ 1'04
17Nico DenzKraftwerk Man Machine+ 1'10
18Zouzou AndriafenomananiainaTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff+ 1'11
19Petr RikunovTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff+ 1'17
20Laurens De PlusLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1'43
21Wout Van AertLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1'43
22Gianni MosconLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1'46
23Morne Van NiekerkXero Racing+ 2'08
24Daniel Felipe MartinezSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'11
25Andreas Odie Purnama SetiawaSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'11
26Callum ScotsonSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'11
27Matic GroseljSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'11
28Izidor PenkoSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'13
29Michael ChristodoulosSwisslion Cycling Team+ 2'13
30Ha Jeon JungCampari/Asahi development+ 2'23
31Filippo FiorelliCampari/Asahi development+ 2'23
32Vincenzo AlbaneseCampari/Asahi development+ 2'26
33Yosukue MatsumotoCampari/Asahi development+ 2'28
34Thomas BoudatPhilips+ 2'43
35Jamal HibatullahSauber Petronas Racing+ 2'48
36Gregor MuhlbergerSauber Petronas Racing+ 2'48
37Riccardo PuttiSauber Petronas Racing+ 2'50
38Andrea Enrico MaccagliSauber Petronas Racing+ 2'54
39Domen NovakAndorra Cycling Project+ 3'00
40Ryan ChristensenDelvaux+ 3'13
41Gregory DanielDelvaux+ 3'13
42Alan BanaszekCarrefour - ESPN+ 4'50
43Amine GaldouneCarrefour - ESPN+ 4'50
44Aleksa CrncevicCarrefour - ESPN+ 4'50

 
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