Van Avermaet the 'lucky card' for BMC's Tour de France team time trial success
10 July 2018 01:00
Marco Pinotti, the magician behind BMC Racing's regularly excellent team time trial performances, was beaming with joy after the squad's stunning ride that delivered the Tour de France TTT stage win on Monday in Cholet, and along with it the yellow jersey for Greg Van Avermaet. The 42-year-old Italian performance director prepared the BMC riders specifically for the stage, and shortly after they finished their ride he talked about the build-up and the performance. In a first analysis, Pinotti pointed out a few seconds BMC lost to Sky in the final part of the course. "We probably had a few corners in the final part that were bad," Pinottti said. "Maybe it's something to do with confidence that they didn't want to take risks. They were a little bit too grouped together. Luckily, there were still four seconds in the end. The goal for me was to win the team time trial. The yellow jersey was the bonus."ADVERTISEMENT During the build-up to the race, Pinotti introduced innovations like new shoes and new skinsuits, which were also used at the Tour de Suisse. He scouted the course and then had the riders pre-ride the course in Cholet last Wednesday. "First we did a recon on the map, but then we did a first recon on the course on Wednesday," he said. "The whole team flew in on Tuesday night. On Wednesday we had the possibility of riding the course without any traffic. We do the same for other team time trials. The most important recon was this morning. You see the people, the area. It was the final preparation." When analysing the 35.5km course, Pinotti mainly focused on the climbs and the roundabouts.
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