Rabobank dominant in Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

Boom takes overall lead on day one

The Rabobank team continued their impressive run of results by dominating the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, securing the first leader’s jersey for Lars Boom and opening a useful time gap on all the other overall contenders for team leader Robert Gesink.

Rabobank was the first team to start the flat, out and back course and set a time of eighteen minutes and eight seconds. They covered the 16.8km course at an average of over 55km/h.

Garmin-Cervelo started hesitantly but finished strong to take second place at nine seconds, HTC-Highroad was third at ten seconds and Saxo Bank-SunGard was fourth with a time of 18:19.

The Rabobank team included strong time trialists Sebastian Langeveld, Tom Leezer, Bram Tankink and Maarten Wynants. Boom won the prologue at the Tour of Oman and this team time trial victory is Rabobank’s twelfth victory of the 2011 season. Boom was first to cross the line for Rabobank and so pulled on the first sky blue race leader’s jersey.

Overall contenders lose precious seconds

RCS Sport, the organisers of Tirreno-Adriatico, caused a surprise by introducing an opening team time trial and a final individual time trial to this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico route. It reduced the number of stages suited to the sprinters to just two but makes the race more suited to stage race riders.

Most of the big-name sprinters have still opted for Tirreno-Adriatico for their final build-up to Milan-San Remo but the race will also see Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) fight for overall success.

Rabobank’s victory has already boosted Gesink’s overall chances and damaged those of several key rivals.

Liquigas-Cannondale finished a solid fifth in the team, but that meant Basso lost 22 precious to Gesink. BMC was sixth, leaving Cadel Evans 26 seconds behind, while Leopard Trek was seventh at 29 seconds. World time trial champion Fabian Cancellara did long turns on the front but his Luxembourg team finished off the pace with a time of 18:37.

Michele Scarponi’s Lampre-ISD team lost 37 seconds, while 2010 Tirreno-Adriatico winner Stefano Garzelli lost 47 seconds after Acqua & Sapone was only twelfth. Giovanni Visconti chances also now looked slim after Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli were seventeenth, losing 55 seconds.

Some riders also took a physical battering. Omega Pharma-Lotto set a time of 18:49 to finish 11th but sprinter Andre Greipel was unable to make a full contribution to his team’s effort after crashing while warming up for the team time trial. He started the time trial with the left side of his face covered in bandages.

Time bonuses will now become a key factor in the battle for overall victory. Ten, six and four seconds are awarded at the end of road stages and time bonuses of three, two and one second are awarded at intermediate sprints.

Thursday’s second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico is over 202km from Carrara to Arezzo in the heart of Tuscany. It is expected to finish with a bunch sprint with local resident Daniele Bennati (Leopard Trek) surely hoping to final land his first win of the season. 

Results
1Rabobank Cycling Team0:18:08 
2Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:09 
3HTC-Highroad0:00:10 
4Saxo Bank Sungard0:00:11 
5Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:22 
6BMC Racing Team0:00:26 
7Leopard Trek0:00:29 
8Team RadioShack0:00:30 
9Sky Procycling0:00:33 
10Lampre - ISD0:00:37 
11Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:41 
12Acqua & Sapone0:00:47 
13Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:51 
14Pro Team Astana  
15Movistar Team  
16Katusha Team0:00:53 
17Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:00:55 
18AG2R La Mondiale0:00:57 
19Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:08 
20Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:13 
General classification after stage 1
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:18:08 
2Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
4Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
5Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
6Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
7Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:09 
8David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
9Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
10Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
11Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
12Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:10 
13Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad  
14Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
15Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad  
16Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad  
17Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad  
18Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
19Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard0:00:11 
20Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
21Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard  
22Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
23Michael Morkov (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
24Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank Sungard  
25Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
26Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad0:00:17 
27David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard0:00:20 
28Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:22 
29Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
30Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
31Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
32Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
33Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
34Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
35Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
36Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:00:24 
37Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:26 
38Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
39George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
40Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
41Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
42Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
43Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
44Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
45Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek0:00:28 
46Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
47Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek  
48Stuart O'grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
49Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek  
50Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack0:00:30 
51Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
52Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack  
53Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
54Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
55Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:33 
56Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling  
57Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
58Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
59Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
60Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
61Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
62Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:36 
63Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
64Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:37 
65Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
66Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
67Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
68Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
69Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
70Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD  
71Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:41 
72Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
73Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
74Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
75Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
76Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:44 
77Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:46 
78Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:47 
79Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
80Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
81Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
82Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
83Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:49 
84Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
85Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:51 
86Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
87Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
88Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
89Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
90Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
91Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
92Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana  
93Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
94Allan Davis (Aus) Pro Team Astana  
95Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
96Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
97Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
98Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
99Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team  
100Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
101Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
102Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team  
103Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team  
104Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team  
105Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
106David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team  
107Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team0:00:52 
108Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  
109Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team  
110Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
111Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
112Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
113Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  
114Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:00:54 
115Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
116Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
117Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
118Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
119Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
120Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:00:57 
121Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
122Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
123Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
124Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
125David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
126Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
127Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
128Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:00:59 
129Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:08 
130Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
131Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
132Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
133Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
134Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
135Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:13 
136Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
137Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
138Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
139Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
140Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:27 
141Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:41 
142Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek0:01:47 
143Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:01:50 
144Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
145André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:00 
146Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek0:02:03 
147Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
148Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:11 
149Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:17 
150Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek0:02:35 
151Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
152Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:02:53 
153Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
154Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:08 
155Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack0:03:15 
156Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:24 
157Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:03:25 
158Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team0:03:31 
159Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:41 
160Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:39 

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