The battle for the national titles in photos
Last week was full of nationals championships. Relive the battle for the jerseys...
Team Jumbo-Visma has won the first stage in the first edition of the UAE Tour in an impressive way. In the 16 kilometer team time trial, the formation of sports directors Jan Boven and Addy Engels on the Bianchi Aquila CV, were seven seconds faster than Sunweb and nine seconds faster than Bahrain Merida. It is the third win of the season for Team Jumbo-Visma. The team pays a lot of attention to the team time trial discipline. In September, the team won the TTT in the Tour of Britain.
By winning the stage, Team Jumbo-Visma is in possession of all leader jerseys. Primoz Roglic was the first to cross the finish line and is now having the red leader's jersey, the points jersey and the sprint jersey. Laurens De Plus currently is the best young rider.
Team leader Roglic immediately took the victory in his first race of the season. "We are very happy to start the season this way. We have a good team here with very strong time trialists, but that is no guarantee to perform well. You also have to show it in the race and that's what we did. I am glad that all the training we have done is already paying off. It was a fast team time trial and it went very well. I came first through the last corner and then pulled a sprint. It's nice to have the leader's jersey and we certainly have ambitions to win this race. There are still some tough stages coming up, so we take it day by day. But we have an excellent start."
Laurens De Plus was delighted with the victory in his first race for his new employer. "This is a dream come true. I wanted to perform well in my first race for Team Jumbo-Visma and I succeeded. We have trained a lot on this in January and all that training effort is immediately paying off. We have a strong, well-balanced team here and we will do everything we can to defend the jersey with Primoz. The jersey for the best young rider is a nice bonus, but no particular goal for me."