Team Sky kicked off the Tour de Suisse with a ride to 14th in the opening team time trial around Frauenfeld.

Our seven-man lineup stopped the clock in 21’20”, completing the 18km route at an average speed of 51.46km/h, just over a minute back on eventual winners BMC.

They set the benchmark of 20’18” with Team Sunweb their closest challengers 19 seconds back. Quick-Step Floors claimed third with a time of 20’45”.

Sport Director Brett Lancaster praised the team on a solid ride and looked ahead to what should be an entertaining eight days in Switzerland.

He said: “We didn’t go into today expecting to win but there was some really good performances out there. There’s some teams here with their Tour de France lineups so the competition was pretty tough for the guys."

Lancaster explained that Pavel Sivakov and Diego Rosa will target the GC this week, while Kristoffer Halvorsen is hoping to snare his first win in Team Sky colours, starting with tomorrow's stage two, which should be one for the sprinters.

“We’ll see how Pavel and Diego go over the first few days and see where they’re at," he continued. "Pavel is a young rider and he’s motivated, looking really good. It’ll be his first tour of this length - at nine stages it’s quite long - so it’s a good challenge for him and good to see where he’s at.

“Kristoffer has shown in recent races that he’s got the speed, he just needs to work on his positioning. If he gets that right he can really be in the mix. UAE have got a really good leadout here for Alexander Kristoff, he’s in fine form at the moment, but if Kristoffer gets a run in right it would be really nice to get a stage win. He’s up for the challenge, just like Pavel.”

Stage one result
1. BMC Racing 20:18
2. Team Sunweb +20"
3. Quick-Step Floors +27"
4. Bora Hansgrohe s.t.
5. Mitchelton-Scott +29”
14. Team Sky +1’02”

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