There was a lack of team time trials in early-to-mid 2000's although in recent years, it has made a comeback with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) and Salvatore Pucci (Team Sky) all enjoying a stint in the maglia rosa after a team time trial. Last year it was Team Sky who won the TTT on the island of Ischia.
The TTT is 21.7km in length and starts at in the shadow of the "Titanic Belfast" centre with the finishing straight of the course out the front of the Belfast City Hall.
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