BMC Racing Team has won the first stage of the 53rd edition of the Race of the Two Seas, a 21.5km Team Time Trial, ahead of Mitchelton – Scott and Team Sky, recording an average speed of 57.804kph. The Italian rider Damiano Caruso is the first leader of the GC and was awarded the Maglia Azzurra.
1 – BMC Racing Team 21.5km in 22’19”, average speed 57.804kph
2 – Mitchelton – Scott at 4″
3 – Team Sky at 9″
1 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the first Maglia Azzurra winner, Damiano Caruso, said: “This is definitely one of my favourite races. It’s the third time in a row that I have won a stage here with BMC. Without Richie Porte, it was more difficult for us to win today and it’ll be more difficult to win the overall, too. Now I might be the team’s leader for this race. I feel good. I don’t know if the wind conditions were different for us than Team Sky. I just know we kept pushing hard till the end and it paid off. We are happy.”