Dominant performance of Quick-Step as a highlight of the beginning, Jungels becomes close winner

Dominant performance of Quick-Step as a highlight of the beginning, Jungels becomes close winner

Short, not even two kilometers long prologue has opened the event of the 62nd Annual of the Tour of Slovakia. Bob Jungels from Quick-Step Floors can rejoice from his victory. He has won by mere one tenths of a second before his team colleague Yves Lampaert. Christophe Laporte of Cofidis seized the third position.


Matúš Štoček, a talented Slovakian cyclist, has been the first rider to exit the starting line. The main rider of the Petroli Firenze – Maserati – Hopplá unit of The Tour of Slovakia has today been dressed in the jersey of Slovakian representation. His final time upon reaching the finish line was two minutes and eleven seconds, which was enough for him to get to the 54th position. Štoček has for some time occupied the first position in the competition for the best Slovakian, that is until Juraj Bellan of Dukla Banská Bystrica didn’t cut through the finish line tape. He was faster by three more seconds. White-blue-red jersey will be worn by Erik Baška of Bora – hansgrohe during the tomorrow’s stage. He started before the sixth hour and he finished the 1,6 kilometers long prologue in two minutes and five seconds.


The strongest team in the opening race against time wasn’t the german Bora. It was the other World Tour team, Quick-Step Floors. A total of five cyclists of the Belgian unit, consisting out of overall seven riders, have made it to the top ten, while the four of them made it to the top five. The most fastest one was Bob Jungels. He has literally flown through the streets of Poprad in mere two minutes and two seconds. Dutch champion in the time competition has once again proved his worth in this discipline – he has gained his seventeenth professional victory in his carreer. The second rider, Yves Lampaert, who was mere hundredths of second behind, was also the rider of Qucik-Step. Julian Alaphilippe (ended fourth) and Fabio Jakobsen (ended fifth) have also made it to the top ten amongst „the floorists“.


The Belgian hegemony was only disrupted by the third rider, Christophe Laporte of Cofidis. This French sprinter has been known to show his skills in fight with time before, even this year, when he ruled the time competition for eleven kilometers during Baloise Belgium Tour. Laporte was the only rider who was able to rival Quick-Step today. Jan Tratnik of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, last year’s winner, also has a splendid prologue after him. The Slovinian has won the initial prologue last year and managed to keep the yellow jersey until the very end of the race. Today, he has lost two seconds on Jungels and ended up being sixth.


Ján Bárta and Josef Černý, both from Elkov – Author team, have today in Poprad repeated their mini-fight from the czech „master medal“. Two months ago, younger Černý – who will be wearing the colors of a newfound World Tour team next year, and who wore the czech master jersey – was faster today. Černý has managed to complete the track in two minutes and seven seconds. Bárta had almost the same exact time, mere hundredths of a second were against him. The best Czech rider though was Zdeněk Štybar, who was faster by a whole second.