Ineos Grenadiers is not short of amazing riders, and when it comes to showing off their skills, they never disappoint. Such was the case of Luke Plapp, who finished the 9-km time trial run in Ajman that was part of the UAE Tour. He completed the time trial on a road bike, which was shocking and Ineos Grenadiers have revealed why the Australian Rider did so.
The Australian Rider previously crashed his time trial bike in recon and it caused a mechanical issue, which his team could not resolve in time. For that reason, he had to use his road bike instead, as a result, he finished the time trial at the 102nd position. This was 1 minute and 16 seconds behind Stefan Bissegger, the eventual winner.
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Bissegger’s win at stage 3 of the UAE Tour is also the first victory for his team. He finished the whole time trial in 9 minutes and 43 seconds, his average speed was 55.574km/h.
Overall, Ineos Grenadiers did well overall as Filippo Ganna finished second, mere seconds behind Stefan. The weather was also at play, there was a stiff wind attack from the coast, which made it a slog halfway back through the track.
After the time trial, Ganna stated:
I did a great performance. The average power was more than the plan and at the end of the day, chapeau Bissegger. That’s a great ride.
I felt good and also for the next few days, I’ll be ready to help Adam [Yates], starting on tomorrow’s climb.
Adam Yates also performed adequately at the time trial, he finished at the 12th position. He seems happy with his performance and is looking forward to the 181km fourth stage from Fujairah Fort to Jebel Jais.
The fourth stage starts soon, let’s see who becomes victorious. Stay tuned for more updates!
Also Read: Stefan Bissegger Wins Stage 3 Time Trial Of The UAE Tour
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