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“The time trial tomorrow is a good opportunity to test how Rafal and Nicolas are doing in the time trials just ahead of the Giro. Rafal is 28 second away from the top-10 but it will be difficult to take a half minute in a rather short...

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03.05.2014 @ 22:54 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Rafal Majka and Nicolas Roche may be out of the battle for the Tour de Romandie win but tomorrow's final time trial is still an important one for the pair. The Tinkoff-Saxo Giro captains will use it to gauge their TT condition with the start of the grand tour less than a week away.

 

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Evgeni Petrov was close to making contact with the breakaway on today’s 174 k 4th stage of Tour de Romandie to Fribourg. The breakaway kept the chasing peloton behind and Michael Albasini went on to win his third victory in the Swiss race. After the stage, DS Fabrizio Guidi explains what happened.
 
“Evgeni decided to try and catch the breakaway and he came really close. But the breakaway diverted the route and the short cut consequently put minutes between Petrov and the front group”, says Guidi and continues:
 
“Petrov was strong today and I believe that he could have bridged the gap. This is what happens but it’s unlucky when it’s your own rider”.
 
Tomorrow’s final stage will present the riders with a 18,5 k time trial and the possibility to test the shape against the clock. Rafal Majka is the best-positioned Tinkoff-Saxo rider currently in 12th place in the overall classification. Fabrizio Guidi hopes that his Polish climber can shake of his bad luck from 3rd stage, where he crashed, and aim at entering the top-10 in final time trial
 
“The time trial tomorrow is a good opportunity to test how Rafal and Nicolas are doing in the time trials just ahead of the Giro. Rafal is 28 second away from the top-10 but it will be difficult to take a half minute in a rather short time trial”, finishes Fabrizio Guidi.

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