Astana win team time trial to kick off Giro del Trentino

Nibali gets the first advantage in TTT

Astana put in a perfect winning performance in the opening team time trial of the Giro del Trentino, putting Valerio Agnoli into the race leader's jersey. The Italian team put 14 seconds into Team Sky, giving Vincenzo Nibali an advantage over rival Mikel Landa of Sky. AG2R La Mondiale were third on the same time as Sky, while Bora Argon 18 finished two seconds back.

Their team time trial victory puts a series of Astana riders in the top places in the overall classification, led by Agnoli. More importantly, Nibali has a 14-second advantage over his potentially nearest rival Landa heading into a 220km stage that ends on a summit in Anras (Austria). The climb is a new addition to the race and features a four-kilometre, 7 per cent drag to the finish line.

The Giro del Trentino kicked off with a 12.1km team time trial overlooking Lake Garda in Riva del Garda and travelled along the breezy coastline before turning inland for a fast a technical section of the course. Each team then lit it up for long straight roads back to Lake Garda for the finish in Torbole.

The event started with the two headlining teams in the race: Team Sky with their leader Landa and Astana with Nibali.

Team Sky were the first team off the starting ramp and finished with an opening time of 13:44, setting up Landa for a good start to the four-day stage race. Their roster for the event is Phil Deignan, Christian Knees, Ian Boswell, David Lopez, Alex Peters, Xabier Zandio and local resident and neo-pro Gianni Moscon.

Although it was good performance, Astana stormed through 14 seconds faster, giving Nibali the early edge over Landa in the general classification at the end of the day. Nibali’s support crew for the race includes Valerio Agnoli, Eros Capecchi, Jakob Fuglsang, Tanel Kangert, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev, Davide Malacarne and Michele Scarponi.

An unfortunate crash for Drapac saw them lose two riders after they overcooked one of the sharp corners. Most of the riders got back up and carried on and they clocked in with 14:24.

The next overall favourites to start were with team AG2R La Mondiale: Domenico Pozzovivo and Roman Bardet. The team slotted in third place 14 seconds behind Astana and with the same time as Team Sky.

Bora-Argon 18, surprise winners of the previous year’s team time trial, had a strong ride with 13:46, two seconds slower than AG2R La Mondiale and Team Sky, and just off the podium in fourth.

There were several Italian teams out on course with Amore & Vita, Androni Giocattoli, Nippo-Vini Fantini, d'Amico Bottecchia, Bardiani-CSF and Southeast-Venezuela. The big Italian stage race is an important event for them to show their colours and strength.

Of the Italian teams, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Bardiani-CSF were the highest placed in the team time trial, in sixth and seventh, both at 34 seconds back. Southeast-Venezuela was only one second off their mark in eighth.

Gazprom-Rusvelo started as the last team of the day with several top riders that could upset for a stage win or a top GC place, including Sergey Firsanov. The team did not disappoint, finishing in fifth place at 22 seconds behind Astana.

The racing will continue with 220km second stage from Lienz to Arco-Anras. It will be the first test for the climbers with two Category 2 ascents over Vigolo Vattaro mid-stage, followed by a final Category 1 climb to Anras in Austria.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Team Sky0:00:14 
3AG2R La Mondiale  
4Bora-Argon 180:00:16 
6Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:34 
7Bardiani CSF  
9Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:36 
11Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
12Skydive Dubai Racing0:00:45 
13Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:54 
14Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
15Triol Cycling Team0:01:02 
18Amore&Vita-Selle SMP0:01:10 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:13:30 
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
3Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
4Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
5Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
7Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
8Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:00:14 
9Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky  
10Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
11Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky  
12Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
13Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
14David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
15Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:00:16 
21José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
22Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
23Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
24Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
25Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
26Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
27Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 180:00:18 
28Alexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:21 
29Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
30Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
31Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
32Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
33Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
34Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:26 
35Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:34 
36Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
37Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
38Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
39Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
40Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
41Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
42Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
43Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
44Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
45Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
46Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
47Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela0:00:35 
48Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
49Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Southeast - Venezuela  
50Daniel Martínez (Col) Southeast - Venezuela  
51Samuele Conti (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
52Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
53Tomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Ven) Southeast - Venezuela  
54Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:36 
55Egan Arley Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
56Rodolfo Andres Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
57Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
58Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
59Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
60Mirko Trosino (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
61Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:38 
62Xabier Zandio (Spa) Team Sky0:00:43 
63Stefano Nardelli (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega0:00:44 
64Niccolo Salvietti (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
65Evgeny Zverkov (Rus) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
66Michele Gazzara (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
67Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
68Seid Lizde (Ita) Italian National Team  
69Luca Wackermann (Ita) Italian National Team  
70Mauro Finetto (Ita) Italian National Team  
71Edward Ravasi (Ita) Italian National Team  
72Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Italian National Team  
73Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
74Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
75Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:45 
76Edgar Lemos Pinto (Por) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
77Meher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
78Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
79Marlen Zmorka (Ukr) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
80Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
81Marco Tecchio (Ita) Italian National Team0:00:46 
82Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:50 
83Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:52 
84Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:54 
85Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
86Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
87Jens Mouris (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
88Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Professional Cycling  
89Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
90Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
91Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
92Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
93Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
94Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
95Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
96Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:56 
97Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:58 
98Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:01 
99Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:01:02 
100João Gaspar (Bra) Brazil National Team  
101Andre Eduardo Gohr (Bra) Brazil National Team  
102Caio Godoy Ormenese (Bra) Brazil National Team  
103Flavio Cardoso (Bra) Brazil National Team  
104Murilo Ferraz Affonso (Bra) Brazil National Team  
105Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:01:04 
106Martin Weiss (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
107Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
108Patrick Bosman (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
109Benjamin Brkic (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
110Luis Mora (Ven) d'Amico Bottecchia0:01:06 
111Giorgio Bocchiola (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
112Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
113Davide Leone (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
114Marco Tizza (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
115Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP0:01:10 
116Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
117Volodymyr Kogut (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
118Danilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
119Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
120Dmytro Ponomarenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
121Sandoval Uri Martins (Mex) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
122Daniel Gines Martin (Spa) d'Amico Bottecchia0:01:13 
123Nazaret Magno (Bra) Brazil National Team0:01:33 
124Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:36 
125Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Southeast - Venezuela0:01:54 
126Sergii Movchan (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
127Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:02:06 
128Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
129Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:14 
130François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
131Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:02:15 
132Andrea Marchi (Ita) Italian National Team0:02:17 
133Fabio Chinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia0:02:37 
134Alexander Wachter (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:02:48 
135Dennis Paulus (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
136Enrico Anselmi (Ita) Italian National Team0:02:50 
137Giacomo Giuliani (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega0:02:54 
138Fabio Tommassini (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia0:03:37 
139Florian Schipflinger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:03:39 
140Otàvio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Brazil National Team0:03:43 
141Kleber Ramos Da Silva (Bra) Brazil National Team  
142Xhuliano Kamberaj (Alb) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:04:20 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:13:44 
2Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky  
3Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:00:02 
4Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:07 
5Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:12 
6Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:20 
7Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
8Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Southeast - Venezuela0:00:21 
9Daniel Martínez (Col) Southeast - Venezuela  
10Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
11Egan Arley Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:22 
12Stefano Nardelli (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega0:00:30 
13Niccolo Salvietti (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
14Evgeny Zverkov (Rus) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega  
15Seid Lizde (Ita) Italian National Team  
16Edward Ravasi (Ita) Italian National Team  
17Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Italian National Team  
18Marlen Zmorka (Ukr) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:31 
19Marco Tecchio (Ita) Italian National Team0:00:33 
20Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:40 
21Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
22Andre Eduardo Gohr (Bra) Brazil National Team0:00:48 
23Caio Godoy Ormenese (Bra) Brazil National Team  
24Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:00:50 
25Patrick Bosman (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
26Benjamin Brkic (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
27Luis Mora (Ven) d'Amico Bottecchia0:00:52 
28Davide Leone (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
29Daniel Gines Martin (Spa) d'Amico Bottecchia0:00:59 
30Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:22 
31Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Southeast - Venezuela0:01:40 
32Sergii Movchan (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
33Andrea Marchi (Ita) Italian National Team0:02:03 
34Alexander Wachter (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:02:34 
35Dennis Paulus (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
36Enrico Anselmi (Ita) Italian National Team0:02:36 
37Giacomo Giuliani (Ita) Norda-MG.Kvis Vega0:02:40 
38Florian Schipflinger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:03:25 
39Xhuliano Kamberaj (Alb) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:04:06 


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