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

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March 12, 2014, 13:10 GMT,
March 12, 2014, 12:13 GMT
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Omega Pharma - Quick Step were in control in the team time trial and came away with the gold

Omega Pharma - Quick Step were in control in the team time trial and came away with the gold

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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

1 MTN-Qhubeka 14:40:00  
2 IAM Cycling 14:43:00  
3 Astana 14:46:00  
4 Bardiani-CSF 14:49:00  
5 BMC 14:52:00  
6 Europcar 14:55:00  
7 Lampre-Merida 14:58:00  
8 Cannondale 15:01:00  
9 Orica-GreenEdge 15:04:00  
10 Giant-Shimano 15:07:00  
11 Ag2r-La Mondiale 15:10:00  
12 Garmin-Sharp 15:13:00  
13 Sky 15:16:00  
14 Trek Factory Racing 15:19:00  
15 NetApp-Endura 15:22:00  
16 Tinkoff-Saxo 15:25:00  
17 Katusha 15:28:00  
18 Belkin 15:31:00  
19 Movistar 15:34:00  
20 15:37:00  
21 Omega Pharma-QuickStep 15:40:00  
22 Lotto-Belisol 15:43:00  

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