Bora-Argon 18 win opening team time trial at Giro del Trentino

Sky beaten in to second, Cannondale-Garmin struck by crash

Bora-Argon 18 sprang something of a surprise in the opening team time trial of the Giro del Trentino when they beat Team Sky by just 0.11 seconds to take the honours and place Italian rider Cesare Benedetti in the leader’s jersey.

The German-registered squad scorched around the fast, 13.3-kilometre course on the shore of Lake Garda at an average speed of some 56.643kph, but despite that impressive showing, the expectation was that the Sky team of pre-race favourite Richie Porte would have enough quality in their ranks to land the win.

Sky reached the midway point four seconds down on Bora-Argon 18, however, and although they made up most of the deficit on the back end of the course, Porte, Leopold Konig, Kanstantin Siutsou et al fell just short of winning the stage.

Despite beginning with just seven riders due to the withdrawal of Fabio Aru through illness, Astana produced a very solid display on the road to Arco di Trento. Led by Dario Cataldo and Tanel Kangert, the Kazakhstani squad were the early pace-setters and they finished the day in third place, just four seconds down on Bora-Argon 18 and Sky.

Ag2r-La Mondiale lined up with one of the strongest teams on paper, with Jean-Christophe Péraud, Domenico Pozzovivo and Romain Bardet all on hand, and the French outfit performed more or less to expectations, taking fourth place on the stage, albeit 12 seconds behind Bora.

There was a further team time trial mishap for Cannondale-Garmin, however, as they suffered a crash midway through their effort, with Ted King and Davide Villella falling, though both men were able to remount and complete the course.

The American squad has some previous in this department – crashes marred their team time trials at last year’s Giro d’Italia and at the Vuelta a España in 2012 and 2013 – but Ryder Hesjdeal and company recovered sufficiently here to finish the day in 8th place, 24 seconds off the pace.

The day belonged to Bora-Argon 18, however, and in particular to Cesare Benedetti. The Trentino native has spent his entire professional career racing for a German team and he was pleased to enjoy success on home roads.

"We wanted to do well here because we were second behind BMC last year and this morning at breakfast we were joking that we only needed to improve by one position," Benedetti said, adding that it hadn’t been preordained that he would cross the line first for Bora-Argon 18.

"Last year I got blocked in at the barriers, but this time I didn’t let the chance get away from me and I led a long way in the finishing straight. Realistically it will be hard to defend this jersey on the climbs but I’m already very pleased that we’ve beaten specialists like Sky in this team time trial."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:14:05 
2Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
3Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
4José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
5Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
6Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
7David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky  
8Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
9Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
10Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
11Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
12Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky  
13Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 180:00:02 
14Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:04 
15Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
16Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
17Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
18Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
19Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
20Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:07 
21Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
24Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:00:14 
27Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:19 
28Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
29Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
30Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
31Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
32David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
33Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
34Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:00:22 
35Elia Favilli (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
36Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
37Yonnatta Alejandro Monsalve (Ven) Southeast Pro Cycling  
38Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
39Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
40Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
41Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
42Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:24 
43Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
44Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
45Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
46Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
47Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
48Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
49Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
50Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
51Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
52Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:31 
53Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
54Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
55Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
56Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
57Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
58Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:36 
59Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
60Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
61Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
62Luca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
63Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
64Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:37 
65Gianni Moscon (Ita) Italian National Team0:00:39 
66Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Italian National Team  
67Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Italian National Team  
68Luca Paolini (Ita) Italian National Team  
69Davide Gabburo (Ita) Italian National Team  
70Simone Petilli (Ita) Italian National Team  
71Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:42 
72Stefano Nardelli (Ita) Italian National Team  
73Alexander Foliforov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:45 
74Roman Kustadinchev (Rus) RusVelo  
75Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) RusVelo  
76Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
77Ildar Arslanov (Rus) RusVelo  
78Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:46 
79Antonio Santoro (Ita) Italian National Team  
80Stefan Praxmarer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:00:50 
81Patrick Schultus (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
82Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
83Florian Schipflinger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
84Markus Freiberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
85Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
86Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:51 
87Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
88Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli  
89Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
90Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
91Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
92Fabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
93Benjamin Brkic (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
94Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia0:00:54 
95Fabio Duarte (Col) Colombia  
96Walter Pedraza (Col) Colombia  
97Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Colombia  
98Brayan Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
99Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:56 
100Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:58 
101Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
102Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
103Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
104Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
105Jorge Castiblanco (Col) Colombia0:01:00 
106Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
107David Wöhrer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:01:05 
108Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:01:09 
109Petr Ignatenko (Rus) RusVelo0:01:43 
110Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:48 
111Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky0:01:49 
112Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:02 
113Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
114Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka0:02:07 
115Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:02:33 
116Ted King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:02:34 
117Aleksandr Komin (Rus) RusVelo0:02:41 
118Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:49 
119Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Colombia0:02:50 
120Darwin Pantoja (Col) Colombia  
121Simone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:03:02 
122Mario Schoibl (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:03:44 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bora-Argon 180:14:05 
2Team Sky  
3Astana Pro Team0:00:04 
4AG2R La Mondiale0:00:07 
5Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:19 
6Southeast Pro Cycling0:00:22 
7MTN - Qhubeka0:00:24 
8Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
9Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:31 
10Bardiani CSF0:00:36 
11Italian National Team0:00:39 
12RusVelo0:00:45 
13Tirol Cycling Team0:00:50 
14Androni Giocattoli0:00:51 
15Colombia0:00:54 
16Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:58 
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:14:05 
2Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
3Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
4José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
5Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
6Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
7David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky  
8Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
9Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
10Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
11Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
12Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky  
13Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 180:00:02 
14Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:04 
15Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
16Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
17Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
18Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
19Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
20Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:07 
21Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
24Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:00:14 
27Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:19 
28Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
29Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
30Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
31Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
32David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
33Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
34Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:00:22 
35Elia Favilli (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
36Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
37Yonnatta Alejandro Monsalve (Ven) Southeast Pro Cycling  
38Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
39Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
40Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
41Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
42Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:24 
43Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
44Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
45Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
46Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
47Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
48Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
49Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
50Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
51Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
52Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:31 
53Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
54Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
55Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
56Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
57Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
58Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:36 
59Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
60Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
61Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
62Luca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
63Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
64Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:37 
65Gianni Moscon (Ita) Italian National Team0:00:39 
66Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Italian National Team  
67Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Italian National Team  
68Luca Paolini (Ita) Italian National Team  
69Davide Gabburo (Ita) Italian National Team  
70Simone Petilli (Ita) Italian National Team  
71Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:42 
72Stefano Nardelli (Ita) Italian National Team  
73Alexander Foliforov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:45 
74Roman Kustadinchev (Rus) RusVelo  
75Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) RusVelo  
76Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
77Ildar Arslanov (Rus) RusVelo  
78Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:46 
79Antonio Santoro (Ita) Italian National Team  
80Stefan Praxmarer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:00:50 
81Patrick Schultus (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
82Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
83Florian Schipflinger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
84Markus Freiberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
85Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
86Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:51 
87Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
88Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli  
89Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
90Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
91Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
92Fabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
93Benjamin Brkic (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
94Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia0:00:54 
95Fabio Duarte (Col) Colombia  
96Walter Pedraza (Col) Colombia  
97Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Colombia  
98Brayan Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
99Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:56 
100Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:58 
101Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
102Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
103Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
104Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
105Jorge Castiblanco (Col) Colombia0:01:00 
106Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
107David Wöhrer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:01:05 
108Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:01:09 
109Petr Ignatenko (Rus) RusVelo0:01:43 
110Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:48 
111Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky0:01:49 
112Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:02 
113Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
114Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka0:02:07 
115Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:02:33 
116Edward King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:02:34 
117Aleksandr Komin (Rus) RusVelo0:02:41 
118Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:49 
119Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Colombia0:02:50 
120Darwin Pantoja (Col) Colombia  
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:14:05 
2Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
3Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:19 
4Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:24 
5Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
6Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
7Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
8Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:31 
9Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
10Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
11Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:36 
12Luca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
13Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:37 
14Gianni Moscon (Ita) Italian National Team0:00:39 
15Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Italian National Team  
16Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Italian National Team  
17Davide Gabburo (Ita) Italian National Team  
18Simone Petilli (Ita) Italian National Team  
19Stefano Nardelli (Ita) Italian National Team0:00:42 
20Alexander Foliforov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:45 
21Roman Kustadinchev (Rus) RusVelo  
22Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) RusVelo  
23Ildar Arslanov (Rus) RusVelo  
24Patrick Schultus (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:00:50 
25Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
26Florian Schipflinger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
27Markus Freiberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
28Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
29Benjamin Brkic (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:00:51 
30Brayan Ramirez (Col) Colombia0:00:54 
31Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:56 
32Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:02 
33Aleksandr Komin (Rus) RusVelo0:02:41 

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