Friday, 8 May 2015

American rider Brandon McNulty won stage 1a, the morning individual time trial around Třebenice (11,6km) ahead of his teammate, Adrien Costa and Serbian Dusan Rajovic. McNulty also took the leaders jersey of Course de la Paix. 


Time trial podium: Costa, McNulty, Rajovic (photo: Patress.cz)


Race leader after the first stage, Sergei Rostovtcev finished time trial on 23rd place and is now ranked seventh. McNulty has a solid gap in GC over Adrien Costa (+23) and Tobias Foss (+48). His average speed was 49,979 km/h which is the best time in this course in last six years. The previous rider who went faster was Michał Kwiatkowski.

Brandon McNulty rides for the win (Photo: Patress.cz)

Results

The afternoon stage ended with an uphill finish in Roudnice nad Labem. Russian rider, Aleksandr Kulikovskiy won the sprint ahead of Niklas Larsen from Denmark and Szymon Sajnok from Poland. Brendan McNulty finished safely in the bunch and keeps the leaders jersey. One of the favorites for today's stage, Bram Welten was unlucky with a flat tire in the last 500m.

Aleksandr Kulikovskiy wins the sprint (photo:Patress.cz)

Tommorow riders will face the queen stage of the race. McNulty and Costa has a great pole position before the crucial stage but on the climbs anything can happen. Anyway, American team looks extremely strong here and it will be a very difficult to beat them. Either McNulty or Costa should seal overall victory tommorow.


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