Camaiore, 7 March 2018 – 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.
Maglia Azzurra (blue), general classification leader, sponsored by Gazprom – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by FIAT – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Sportful – not assigned
Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Snello Rovagnati – not assigned
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.”
Press conference interviews and further details to follow.
Stage 2 – Camaiore Follonica 167km
Start Meeting Point: Camaiore, Piazza San Bernardino
Sign-on procedures: 10:45 – 12:05
Start – KM 0: 12:20 (transfer 1,400m)
Finish: Viale Italia, Follonica – 16:15 Approx.
Race Headquarter: Scuola Comunale di Musica B. Bonarelli, Via Argentarola 2, Follonica
With the exception of the first kilometres – riders face the Montemagno categorised climb shortly after the start – the stage is entirely flat up to the final circuit in Follonica. The route passes through San Giuliano Terme, Cecina and Donoratico, across the provinces of Lucca, Pisa and Livorno, and then enters the province of Grosseto, with a final 8.3km circuit to be covered three times.
The final circuit takes place on relatively wide and mostly straight urban roads. The first kilometres after the finish-line section feature a series of tricky corners. Two long straight stretches, with a U-turn on a wide roundabout in-between, lead to the finish line on 7.5m asphalted road.
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PHOTO CREDIT: LaPresse – D’Alberto / Ferrari
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