Lotto-Belisol last off in Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

Start times for 18.5km opener in Tuscany

Lotto-Belisol will be the final team to take the start on the opening stage of the 2014 edition of Tirreno-Adriatico, an 18.5km team time trial from Donoratico to San Vincenzo.

The teams set off at three-minute intervals in Tuscany, with MTN-Qhubeka getting the action underway at 14:40 local time. Orica-GreenEdge, who won the equivalent stage two years, set out at 15:04, while Team Sky – with late addition Richie Porte – set out at 15:16.

Fabian Cancellara’s Trek outfit are in action at 15:19, while the favourites for stage victory, Omega Pharma-QuickStep, are the penultimate squad to tackle the course, at 15:40. The QuickStep line-up features Mark Cavendish, Rigoberto Uran, Alessandro Petacchi, Mark Renshaw and the on-form Michal Kwiatkowski, the impressive winner of Saturday's Strade Bianche.

With little or no wind and temperatures a pleasant 18 degrees Celsius, a fast time is expected on a course that features just one technical section – a narrow stretch between kilometres 2.2 and 3 – and one short climb at Castagneto Carudcci. After the intermediate time check at 11.3km, there is a long, straight run-in towards the finish in San Vincenzo.

Start times for stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico

1MTN-Qhubeka14:40:00 
2IAM Cycling14:43:00 
3Astana14:46:00 
4Bardiani-CSF14:49:00 
5BMC14:52:00 
6Europcar14:55:00 
7Lampre-Merida14:58:00 
8Cannondale15:01:00 
9Orica-GreenEdge15:04:00 
10Giant-Shimano15:07:00 
11Ag2r-La Mondiale15:10:00 
12Garmin-Sharp15:13:00 
13Sky15:16:00 
14Trek Factory Racing15:19:00 
15NetApp-Endura15:22:00 
16Tinkoff-Saxo15:25:00 
17Katusha15:28:00 
18Belkin15:31:00 
19Movistar15:34:00 
20FDJ.fr15:37:00 
21Omega Pharma-QuickStep15:40:00 
22Lotto-Belisol15:43:00 
Author: Cycling News

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