Team Jumbo-Visma made it two-for-two on Sunday, winning the team time trial in Brussels a day after their rider Mike Teunissen took a surprise win and captured the first yellow jersey of this year’s Tour de France. The Dutch squad posted a time of 28 minutes and 57 seconds in the 27-kilometer squiggle around Brussels, beating Team Ineos by a full 20 seconds, and Deceuninck-QuickStep by 21.
Ineos – the team of defending champion Geraint Thomas – were the first of the day to start, which left them no other finishing times to compare their performance to, but their time would remain the fastest for much of the competition. Deceuninck then finished eight-tenths of a second off, and were visibly dismayed by the near miss. But Jumbo-Visma soon made that a moot point, finishing in an astonishing time that solidified Teunissen’s overall lead and put their riders Wout Van Aert, Steven Kruijswijk, Tony Martin, and George Bennett into the top five slots overall.
The biggest losers of the day were the Movistar and Trek-Segafredo teams, whose poor performances sent their leaders Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa, and Alejandro Valverde (for Movistar), and Richie Porte (for Trek), slipping down the overall standings.
Tomorrow the race puts Belgium behind and finishes in France’s Champagne country.
|2||Wout Van Aert||+00:00:00|
|6||Laurens De Plus||+00:00:00|
|8||Amund Grøndahl Jansen||+00:00:00|
|9||Egan Arley Bernal Gomez||+00:00:20|
|2||Wout Van Aert||+00:00:10|
|7||Egan Arley Bernal Gomez||+00:00:30|
|9||Dylan Van Baarle||+00:00:30|