GreenEdge wins stage 1 team time trial

Goss leads overall after scorching effort by Aussie ProTeam

The GreenEdge Cycling Team has won its first race on European soil in dominating fashion as the Australian ProTour squad claimed victory in the first stage at Tirreno-Adriatico. GreenEdge completed the 16.9km team time trial in 18:41, 17 seconds faster than runner-up RadioShack-Nissan which was anchored by time trial stalwart Fabian Cancellara.

Garmin-Barracuda, which had set the early benchmark, finished fractions of a second behind RadioShack-Nissan for third place.

Team Sky's effort garnered the British ProTour squad a fourth place finish, 23 seconds down, while Astana rounded out the top five at 30 seconds.

GreenEdge's Matt Goss led the team across the finish line and the 25-year-old Australian earned the first leader's jersey as well as a morale boost 10 days prior to defending his Milan-Sanremo title.

"The season started a little bit slower, and it was deliberately aimed to be good at this race and then through Sanremo and the Classics. So far it's working," said Goss with a smile. "It's a perfect start. It's incredible to win our first team time trial together.

"My form is pretty similar to last year. At Milan-Sanremo I was at the end of a peak of form. This year I hope to be in slightly better form. However winning now is important for my morale and the morale of the team."

Goss and five of his GreenEdge teammates currently hold the top six positions on general classification. Daniele Bennati holds seventh overall and leads a contingent of RadioShack-Nissan riders at 17 seconds back.

2011 Tirreno-Adriatico champion Cadel Evans and his BMC Racing Team opened their title defense inauspiciously as they conceded nearly one minute to GreenEdge, finishing 58 seconds off the pace for 17th place out of 22 teams. While GreenEdge may not pose a threat for the final general classification, teams high up on the leader board have put their respective GC riders in good position. RadioShack-Nissan's Chris Horner and Garmin-Barracuda's Andrew Talansky both lead Evans by 41 seconds while Astana's Roman Kreuziger holds a 28-second advantage over the defending champion, who sits in 109th place on general classification entering stage 2.

If last year's race is any indication, seconds may prove crucial as the top-five riders on the final general classification were separated by 30 seconds.

Worlds re-match

Tomorrow the peloton will face the opening road stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, covering 230km from San Vincenzo to Indicatore, in a day likely favouring the sprinters. The peloton is chock full of sprinting talent including the likes of world champion Mark Cavendish (Sky), Matt Goss (GreenEdge), André Greipel (Lotto Belisol Team), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda), Oscar Freire (Katusha), Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD), Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Daniele Bennati (RadioShack-Nissan), Borut Bozic (Astana) and Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF-Inox).

For race leader Matt Goss, it will be the first head-to-head competition against Cavendish since the world championships where Cavendish and Goss finished 1-2 respectively. In fact, with Greipel at the race, the complete world championship podium as well as eight of the top-10 Worlds finishers are at Tirreno-Adriatico.

"The stage will probably end in a sprint," said Goss. "I'll be up against [Mark] Cavendish but against everyone else too. The last time I sprinted against Cavendish was at the Worlds in Copenhagen (where Goss finished second). He's very fast but I'd like to change the result from the Worlds around. But it's wrong to be one step behind another team. We'll try and do something ourselves and keep the leader's blue jersey for the next two days."

Full Results
1GreenEdge Cycling Team0:18:41 
2RadioShack-Nissan0:00:17 
3Garmin - Barracuda  
4Sky Procycling0:00:23 
5Astana Pro Team0:00:30 
6Team Saxo Bank0:00:38 
7Acqua & Sapone0:00:39 
8Katusha Team0:00:40 
9Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:43 
10Lotto Belisol Team0:00:45 
11Lampre - ISD0:00:46 
12Farnese Vini0:00:47 
13Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:51 
14Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
15Liquigas0:00:55 
16Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:57 
17BMC Racing Team0:00:58 
18Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:09 
19Movistar Team0:01:11 
20FDJ-Big Mat0:01:18 
21Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:25 
22Colombia - Coldeportes0:01:45 
General classification after stage 1
1Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:18:41 
2Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
3Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
4Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
5Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
6Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:05 
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:17 
8Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan  
9Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
10Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan  
11Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan  
12Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda  
13Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Barracuda  
14Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - Barracuda  
15Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda  
16Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda  
17Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:18 
18Jens Mouris (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:20 
19Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:23 
20Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
21Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling  
22Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling  
23Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling  
24Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:30 
25Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team  
26Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
27Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
28Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
29Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
30Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
31Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
32Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
33Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda0:00:35 
34Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:36 
35Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:38 
36Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
37Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank  
38Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
39Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
40David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
41Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank  
42Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank  
43Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone0:00:39 
44Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
45Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
46Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
47Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
48Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
49Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
50Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:40 
51Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
52Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
53Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  
54Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  
55Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team  
56Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
57Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:43 
58Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
60Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
62Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:45 
64André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team  
65Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team  
66Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
67Jurgen Wandewalle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
68Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team  
69Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
70Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:46 
71Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
72Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
73Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
74Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
75Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD  
76Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:47 
78Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
79Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
80Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
81Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
82Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
83Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
84Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:51 
85Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
86Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
87Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
88Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
89Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
90Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
91Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
92Jérome Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
93Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
94Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
95Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:55 
96Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
97Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
98Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
99Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
100Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
101Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:57 
102Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
103Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
104Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team  
105Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
106Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
107Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
108Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:58 
109Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
110Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
111George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
112Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
113Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:04 
114Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
115Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:06 
116Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:09 
117Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
118Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
119Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
120Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
121Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
122Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
123Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:17 
124Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
125Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
126Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
127William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
128Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
129Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:01:18 
130Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
131Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
132Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team  
133Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
134Jose Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
135Francisco Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
136Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:19 
137Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:23 
138Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:25 
139Ego Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
140Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
141Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
142Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
143Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
144Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
145Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:29 
146Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:01:45 
147Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
148Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
149Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
150Robinson Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
151Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
152Wilson Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
153Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
154David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:46 
155Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:58 
156Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:03 
157Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:09 
158Juan Horrach Ripoll (Spa) Katusha Team0:02:30 
159Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
160Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda0:02:43 
161Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:46 
162Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:02:53 
163Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan0:03:08 
164Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan  
165Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:03:13 
166Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
167Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:32 
168Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
169Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
170Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling0:03:37 
171Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling0:03:57 
172Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:01 
173Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:11 
174Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:31 
175Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:34 
176Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
Best young rider
1Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:18:41 
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:17 
3Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Barracuda  
4Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda  
5Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:18 
6Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:23 
7Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
8Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:30 
9Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:38 
10Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
11Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone0:00:39 
12Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:45 
13Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:46 
14Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:47 
15Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:55 
16Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
17Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:57 
18Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
19Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:04 
20Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:09 
21Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
22Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
23Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
24Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
25Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:17 
26Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
27Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
28Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:25 
29Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:01:45 
30Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
31Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
32Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:03 
33Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:30 
34Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:46 

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