Bouhanni eliminated from Tirreno-Adriatico after losing contact in team time trial

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) on stage 1 of the 2019 Tour of Oman

Nacer Bouhanni ’s Tirreno-Adriatico ended before it really began when he finished outside the time limit in the stage 1 team time trial at Lido di Camaiore. He sat up five kilometres into the Cofidis effort and crossed the line alone, 6:44 down on Mitchelton-Scott’s winning time. The Frenchman was the sole rider to be eliminated on Wednesday’s opening stage, which took place on a fast 21.5km course in Tuscany. Mitchelton-Scott’s winning average speed was some 57.546kph. Bouhanni’s absence from the remainder of Tirreno-Adriatico severely compromises his preparation for Milan-San Remo, while the bizarre elimination itself casts further doubt on his future at Cofidis. His contract with the team expires at the end of this season. “It’s all the more incomprehensible given that we had come to recon the course with the time trial bikes. Everything was going well,” Cofidis directeur sportif Roberto Damiani told L’Équipe . “Nacer was keen ...

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