After a disappointing team time trial at the World Championships, Omega Pharma-QuickStep explain why they were unable to defend their title.
Omega Pharma did finish third in the team time trial meaning they received the bronze medal but by their standards they expected to finish higher.
BMC took the overall victory, beating Orica-GreenEdge by 32 seconds and finishing 36 seconds ahead of Omega Pharma.
With BMC starting earlier than Omega Pharma they managed to miss the rain and wind meaning their ride had the potential to be much quicker than their rivals. OPQS, Team Sky and Orica were caught in the rain which resulted in them getting slower times due to riding slower on more technical parts of the course.
However OPQS rider Tony Martin believes they can't blame the weather for their third place finish and admits they need to look at what happened during the whole race.
According to Cycling News, Martin said: “The rain didn’t make it easier or any faster, particularly on the last descent. However, losing time in the finale shouldn’t be an excuse.”
“We have to look at what went wrong throughout the course, not at the end.”
Martin's teammate Tom Boonen also commented explaining he knew which teams would be contesting the medals but believes the later start time meant they lost valuable time.
Bonnen said: “I think these three teams would be on the podium anyway but being an hour later changed a lot.”
“We went eight kilometres an hour slower on that last part of the climb compared to training, although in one last section of the hill, too, where it was protected from the wind, we could speed up again.”
“Then we lost a lot of time from [the] two kilometres to the finish [banner] to the final kilometre, because those last corners were really wet.”
Martin will take part in the individual time trial event on Wednesday in which he is the favourite but the German doesn't think he is quite at his best at the moment.
“This is always a nice test for my condition, and I’m feeling ok, but I’m still not at 100 percent.
“I will have to talk things over with my team to decide if I go a little bit harder or take things a little bit easier in the final days [before the time trial].”