Mitchelton-Scott brush themselves down after crashes to target team time trial
09 July 2018 12:37
Two stages in at the 2018 Tour de France, and Mitchelton-Scott's team leader Adam Yates has been on the asphalt twice in consecutive days, compounded further by two further crashes on the second stage for Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey. Three years ago, however, the situation was far worse, with five of the then nine-man team taken out in a single crash on the way to Huy, resulting in Simon Gerrans abandoning with a broken wrist and Daryl Impey going home after fracturing his collarbone. Knowing the situation could be far worse, the team's spirits remained high at the stage finish in La Roche-sur-Yon, choosing to focus on the opportunity to regain time in the team time trial rather than focusing on the stressful opening two days.ADVERTISEMENT "Adam's fine," directeur sportif Matt White told a huddle of journalists at the team bus after the stage. "I don't know what happened. There was maybe a small touching of wheels. We also lost Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey in the final today. It hasn't been the smoothest of runs again today, but they're all OK. They'll be fine for tomorrow. "We'll just carry on with the process and make our plan for tomorrow. As far as medical goes, we've got a very competent medical team here who handle that, and I can just look forward to tomorrow. It's going to be a big day for us. We need to make up some time." Adam Yates' crash on stage 1 cost the Briton 51 seconds on some of his general classification rivals – a time gap unlikely to be completely closed with a strong team time trial tomorrow, but a time gap that can certainly be narrowed.
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