Strong finish for DiData at Tirreno
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had a good end to this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico as both Steve Cummings and Edvald Boasson Hagen made the Top 10 in the final stage of the race.
Tuesday's 10 km individual time trial was rather straightforward with just a couple of corners on the traditional front-and-back course in San Benedetto del Tronto.
Cummings was DiData's first rider to set an impressive time as he crossed the finishing line in second place at the time. The 35-year-old Brit had already done well on this course in the past, and this year was no different.
For a long time, it looked as though Cummings would finish the day on the podium, but when Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) stormed through to set a new best time, Cummings had to settle for fourth place, just eight seconds behind Dennis.
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Boasson Hagen was another of the DiData riders to impress on Tuesday on his Cervélo time trial bike. For the third year in a row, the Norwegian champion finished in the Top 10 in this stage, as he took seventh place on the day. In the general classification, Boasson Hagen finished as best Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider as number 30.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took the overall victory in front of Dennis and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).
Reflecting on the day's events, Steve Cummings said, “With this kind of short effort, there isn’t a lot to think about. You just have to go for it and that’s what I did today. When you get this close to the best, sometimes you wish you were further down.”