13 March 2019

LA MITCHELTON – SCOTT VINCE LA TAPPA 1 DELLA TIRRENO-ADRIATICO

Mitchelton – Scott has won the first stage of the 54th edition of the Race of the Two Seas, a 21.5km Team Time Trial, ahead of Team Jumbo – Visma and Team Sunweb, recording an average speed of 57.546kph. The Australian rider Michael Hepburn is the first leader of the GC and was awarded the Maglia Azzurra.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Mitchelton – Scott, 21.5km in 22’25”, average speed 57.546kph
2 – Team Jumbo – Visma at 7″
3 – Team Sunweb at 22″

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Brent Bookwalter (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.
3 – Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.

 

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), general classification leader, sponsored by Gazprom – Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton – Scott)
  • Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Sportful – not assigned
  • Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Enel – not assigned
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Open Fiber – Laurens De Plus (Team Jumbo – Visma)
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the first Maglia Azzurra winner, Michael Hepburn, said: “I didn’t expect to be in this position when I woke up this morning. We obviously had a great squad here for the opening stage. We were not targeting just the stage but also supporting Adam Yates on GC. Today we also got luck on our side. We’re pleased with this result. Tirreno-Adriatico is one of my favorite races of the year. But I don’t deserve the jersey any more than anyone else in the squad. I’m just really happy for the whole team.