Bike checks see Tinkoff-Saxo lose time at Tour of Austria team time trial

Half of Tinkoff-Saxo's eight riders at the Tour of Austria reportedly set off 15 seconds late as the UCI checked all the bikes for motors

Robert Kiserlovski is leading Tinkoff-Saxo at the Tour of Austria (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Tinkoff-Saxo came 20th and last in the opening team time trial at the Tour of Austria, after pre-stage bike checks left half their team setting off 15 seconds late.

With the teams starting two minutes apart on the 5.4km course, UCI officials reportedly did not have enough time to complete the checks on all of the bikes before Tinkoff's start time.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.