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Tirreno - Adriatico 2013

Date range:
March 6-12, 2013

March 06, Stage 1: San Vincenzo - Donoratico (TTT) 16.9km

Omega Pharma-Quick Step win Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

Barry Ryan
March 06, 2013, 14:49 GMT,
March 06, 2013, 17:38 GMT

Cavendish claims overall lead on day one

Omega Pharma-QuickStep power to win stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep power to win stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico.

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Omega Pharma-Quick Step claimed victory in the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico and put Mark Cavendish into the overall lead with a harmonious collective effort on a rainy afternoon in Tuscany. The Belgian squad made light of the conditions to hurtle around the 16.9km route from San Vincenzo to Donoratico some 11 seconds clear of Movistar and 16 ahead of BMC.

While Cavendish will wear the first maglia azzurra of the race after crossing the line in front, he was quick to acknowledge the role world time trial champion Tony Martin had played in securing the win for a well-oiled Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad. The team averaged 52.286kph to see off Movistar – for whom Alex Dowsett impressed – and a BMC team that included Taylor Phinney and Cadel Evans.

Asked to explain the reason for his team’s success, Cavendish was to the point. “Two words, one name: Tony Martin,” he said, and then joked: “There are no real egos here except maybe me, but it was all about getting eight guys from point A to point B as quickly as possible. When a team time trial works out, it’s the best feeling in cycling.”

Impressive though Martin was, however, Cavendish himself has considerable pedigree in the discipline – he won Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España team time trials with HTC – and Omega Pharma-Quick Step could also count on Michal Kwiatkowski, Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra.

Even though they were down to the bare five riders for the final kilometres, that quintet had the right blend of horsepower and cohesion, and they made light of the greasy conditions to take a convincing win. Three seconds up on the Movistar after 7.9km, Omega Pharma gradually padded their advantage in the finale, to win by 11 seconds.

“I can’t remember if I've done a team time trial in weather like that. Probably not so wet and technical but it was a good day,” Cavendish said. “We trained yesterday on the course in the pissing rain and this morning too. We knew what it was going to be like in the rain. It didn't matter about the weather, the guys wanted to keep practicing and practicing to get it right, and they certainly did. It was nice to be part of it."

Thanks to BMC’s third place, Cadel Evans is the best-placed of the out-and-out pre-race favourites, and while his gains were marginal, Tirreno-Adriatico is a race usually decided by seconds. A Dmitriy Gruzdev crash hindered Astana’s effort, but they still placed 5th at 20 seconds, meaning that Vincenzo Nibali yielded just four seconds to Evans.

Chris Froome and Sky were a lacklustre 7th, 25 seconds down, while Alberto Contador starts the race at a relative disadvantage after his Saxo-Tinkoff squad could only manage 8th at 32 seconds. “The differences are important, we lost 16 seconds with BMC and also lost time to Astana and Sky, who are direct rivals, but we cannot think that this is definitive,” Contador said. “It is true that these races are won or lost by a few seconds, but well, this is just beginning.”

The news was worse for his fellow countryman Joaquim Rodriguez: his Katusha team couldn’t reproduce its surprise showing from last year’s Giro d’Italia team time trial in Verona, and lost 44 seconds. “Honestly we expected a better result,” Rodriguez admitted. “We had a bad start, not taking the first corners at our best. A couple of times our group broke, and we lost two important riders such as Paolini and Kuchynski. Anyway, the most important thing was not to fall during this hard day: we'll see what we can do during the next stages."

Elsewhere, Fabian Cancellara gave yet another exhibition of how having such a powerful individual in your line-up can be a mixed blessing in a team event, as RadioShack Leopard could only place 10th at 36 seconds, with Andy Schleck dropped before the finish. Moreno Moser is considered something of a wildcard for the general classification, and Cannondale did his chances no harm with a workmanlike 4th place, 19 seconds down.

Speaking of dark horses, of course, Tony Martin finds himself in an ideal position before the action gets underway in earnest. The German will struggle to match the likes of Contador, Froome et al on the slopes of Prati di Tivo at the weekend, but with his current buffer and a short time trial on the final day in San Benedetto del Tronto, Martin has ample motivation to limit his losses in the mountains in the days ahead.

Before that, however, the sprinters ought to have their opportunities, with Thursday’s stage to Indicatore expected to see the first clash of the season between the blue jersey Cavendish and his great rival André Greipel (Lotto Belisol).

Full Results
1 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:19:24  
2 Movistar Team 0:00:11  
3 BMC Racing Team 0:00:16  
4 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:19  
5 Astana Pro Team 0:00:20  
6 Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:24  
7 Sky Procycling 0:00:25  
8 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:29  
9 Lampre-Merida 0:00:35  
10 RadioShack Leopard 0:00:36  
11 Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:37  
12 Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:39  
13 Katusha 0:00:44  
14 Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:51  
15 Lotto Belisol 0:00:54  
16 Garmin-Sharp 0:00:57  
17 MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:00  
18 FDJ 0:01:02  
19 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:04  
20 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:05  
21 Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:01:06  
22 Euskaltel-Euskadi    
General classification after stage 1
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:19:24  
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
4 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
5 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
6 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:11  
7 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
8 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team    
9 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team    
10 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
11 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team    
12 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team    
13 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:16  
14 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
15 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
16 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
17 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
18 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:19  
19 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
20 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
21 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
22 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
23 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
24 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:20  
25 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
26 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
27 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
28 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
29 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
30 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:24  
31 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge    
32 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
33 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
34 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge    
35 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
36 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:25  
37 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling    
38 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
39 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling    
40 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling    
41 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
42 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling    
43 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:29  
44 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
45 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
46 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
47 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
48 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:32  
49 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:35  
50 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
51 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
52 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
53 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
54 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
55 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:36  
56 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard    
57 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard    
58 Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
59 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard    
60 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:37  
61 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
62 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
63 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
64 Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
65 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:38  
66 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
67 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:39  
68 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
69 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura    
70 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura    
71 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura    
72 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha 0:00:44  
73 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha    
74 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha    
75 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha    
76 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha    
77 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha    
78 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:51  
79 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
80 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
81 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
82 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
83 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:54  
84 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol    
85 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
86 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
87 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol    
88 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
89 Bram Tankink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:57  
90 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
91 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp    
92 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
93 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp    
94 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
95 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:00  
96 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
97 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
98 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
99 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka    
100 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka    
101 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:02  
102 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
103 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ    
104 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
105 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ    
106 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ    
107 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:04  
108 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
109 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
110 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
111 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
112 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
113 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:05  
114 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
115 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
116 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
117 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
118 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:01:06  
119 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
120 Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
121 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
122 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
123 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
124 Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
125 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
126 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
127 Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
128 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
129 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
130 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:09  
131 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:10  
132 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:01:17  
133 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:22  
134 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
135 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:26  
136 Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:27  
137 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
138 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:01:34  
139 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:35  
140 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ 0:01:50  
141 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:54  
142 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura    
143 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
144 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:02:05  
145 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
146 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
147 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:10  
148 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:20  
149 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:02:26  
150 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:27  
151 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol    
152 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:30  
153 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 0:02:31  
154 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 0:02:35  
155 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:02:37  
156 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:38  
157 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin-Sharp 0:02:43  
158 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin-Sharp    
159 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:47  
160 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:48  
161 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
162 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:55  
163 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 0:02:56  
164 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 0:02:57  
165 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:03:07  
166 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
167 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:03:10  
168 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
169 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:11  
170 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:15  
171 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 0:03:20  
172 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha    
173 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:36  
174 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:48  
175 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
Best young rider classification
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:19:24  
2 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 0:00:11  
3 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:16  
4 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:19  
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
6 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:25  
7 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
8 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:35  
9 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
10 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:36  
11 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:37  
12 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
13 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:39  
14 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura    
15 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:51  
16 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
17 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:54  
18 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:57  
19 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp    
20 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:00  
21 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:02  
22 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:05  
23 Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:06  
24 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
25 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 0:02:31  
26 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:02:37  
27 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:48  
28 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
29 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:55  
30 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 0:02:56