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“In the winter we did some testing, but today it was a real event and I have to say I had very good feelings on my TT bike. I only lost one minute on other GC riders like Scarponi, Nibali or Quintana and that makes me happy," Rod...

Photo: Katusha / Tim de Waele


25.01.2014 @ 18:11 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Adriano Malori (Movistar) won the highly anticipated battle with Taylor Phinney (BMC) in the time trial of the Tour de San Luis while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) put 30 seconds into Phil Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp) to take the leader's jersey. We have already posted several reactions and have gathered a few more below.


Jorge Giacinti (San Luis, 3rd on the stage, 72nd on GC +23.35)

Speaking to Ciclismo Internacional: "I'm happy, the idea was to win but there are many rivals in good condition. I'm happy for the team as well. There is no other secret than to train and put in a lot of effort. This race motivates me. I'm from Córdoba but my heart belongs to this area. It was very windy. Personally I missed a bit when there was strong wind. In the headwind I felt good.


"Tomorrow we will hopefully shine. We will try to win the Tour. We will attack Quintana. There is not much to say about Quintana, but we respect him a lot and we have to try."


Gorazd Stangelj (sports director Astana whose best rider was Michele Scarponi in 11th)

“This time trial was too short for specialists, and instead we saw the big power guys come and win. With a really strong headwind in the first half our times were around 13 minutes, but then on the way back there was a tailwind and they did the same distance in 10 minutes.”


Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha, 47th on the stage, 91st on GC +21.18)

“In the winter we did some testing, but today it was a real event and I have to say I had very good feelings on my TT bike. I only lost one minute on other GC riders like Scarponi, Nibali or Quintana and that makes me happy.


"I’m not in ideal shape yet, so the loss of one minute is ok with me and I’m happy with the feelings on the bike. I was lucky, or perhaps unlucky, to start one minute before specialist and eventual winner Adriano Malori. I knew he would catch me quickly in the long first part against the wind. He did, but I continued riding my own race, focusing on the watts I had to generate.”


Claudio Cozzi (sports director Katusha whose best rider was Alberto Losada in 32nd)

“We know we’re out of the competition for general classification so we wanted to test some other things that will be important later in the season. If there are problems for our team leader, we want to identify them now, early in the season, when there is plenty of time to work things out. Before this race Purito and I decided he would go ‘à bloc’.


“I was behind Purito in the car and was happy to see that his cadence was good. We don’t have major changes to make – just more practice. That’s what we will do.”


Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEDGE, 80th on the stage, 16th on GC +6.00)

"Aside from the wind, it was a much nicer day today. The weather has cooled down quite a bit. We actually wore long sleeve jerseys when we went out for a ride this morning. It was cold compared to the oppressive heat we’ve raced in during the last few days. By the afternoon, the temperature had crawled up to 24°C, which was about 20°C cooler than yesterday.


"No one on our team has a time trial bike here except for Santaromita as none of us expected to challenge for the stage or the overall. Despite lacking time trial bikes, we all treated today as a good opportunity to go through the same motions that we would for any time trial. I did my usual warm-up, and I went out and rode a good, hard threshold effort.


"Adam [Yates] had a very respectable time for riding disc wheels and aerobars on a road bike. He has repeatedly shown that he’s on some really good early season form, which is a great thing.


"While Adam may have told you that his jersey [the young rider's jersey] isn’t a priority, he’s wrong. It’s been great to have the jersey. He gets to stand on the podium every day with the team logo across his chest. It’s fantastic. We’re definitely proud of him, and we’re happy to support his efforts. 


"Realistically, there’s not much of a chance that he’ll lose the jersey at this point – barring any sort of catastrophe. The guy in second place is pretty far back. We want to keep it, but there’s not a whole lot of work involved in doing so.


"Stage six is another uphill finish. With the form Adam’s shown, he can have another crack tomorrow – not just for the jersey but in general. He will be given free rein to see what he can do. He’s moving well, and he’s been very consistent. This has been a great start of the season for him.


"For the rest of us, other than the heat and a few crashes, the first five days of the race have been a success. We had a big week of training leading up to race week, so I always knew that I would be dealing with some fatigue as the race unfolded. Although we’re not our freshest, we’ve managed to finish in the top ten on quite  a few stages and post more consistent results than we did here last year. We have to be happy with that."


Danilo Hondo (Trek, 8th on the stage, 48th on GC +17.30)

“My main goal was to test the new position and the new TT bike. And when you can feel the last days the condition is okay, then it's normal for a pro to check out where the level is. I felt early on that I’m in a good rhythm. I never thought about a high place, but it gives me a nice feeling, of course.


“The victories [the team won stages 2 and 3] take off a lot of pressure from all of the Trek Factory Racing Team, also here in Argentina. We are again focused on the last stages, but with a little more effort to prepare for the bigger events coming soon. But we are able to win again. Let's Rock!”


Alain Gallopin (sports director Trek whose best rider was Danilo Hondo in 8th)

“For us it was a day without pressure because we don’t come with the specialists of the time trial here and we did not expect to be on the podium today. Our focus is tomorrow and Sunday. 


"Julián [Arredondo] did a nice chrono, he was relaxed, he does not have a lot of experience in the tt’s and I think he can improve a lot in the future. Danilo showed today, and all this week, that he has good shape right now. I did not see him at this level last year; he looks better than last year.


“Tomorrow is a similar climb to Tuesday and this could be better for Julián who is an explosive climber. We will see. Overall we are in a good position, we are happy to be here, it’s a nice race and we have no stress.”


Miguel Angel Rubiano (Colombia, 57th on the stage, 10th on GC +3.30)

It wasn’t a great day today as I didn’t have good feelings on the road, and particularly the pedal stroke wasn’t ideal. Nevertheless, it’s already time to focus on tomorrow: we need to rest and recover well to play the final card tomorrow, with a short climb with significant gradients. We’ll see what happens.




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