The time trial and team time trial are important stages for overall general classification (GC) contenders looking to capture major races. It takes a special rider — and a special bike — to excel in the race against the clock, with bike manufacturers always pushing the boundaries.
Prior to stage two, a video featuring HTC-Highroad and their Specialized S-Works time trial machines was posted online. It’s a quick little video that shows a brief glimpse into what the team time trial is all about:
Team HTC-Highroad finished in fifth position on stage two, five seconds behind Team Garmin-Cervelo, and put in a solid effort.
The so-called “race of truth” can help riders such as Cadel Evans and Levi Leipheimer climb the rankings, while pure climbers often lose huge chunks of time on the TT course.
Many cyclists and triathletes are uncomfortable when they have to use aerobars, but it can be an important skill to work on. Ted decided to use clip-on aerobars to help train for Vineman 70.3, but can’t wait to take them off after race day is over.