Omega Pharma-Quickstep wins Tirreno TTT

Cavendish in first leader's jersey

The Omega Pharma-Quickstep team extended its lead in its rivalry with Orica-GreenEdge in the team time trial, besting the Australian team by 11 seconds to take the opening victory in Tirreno-Adriatico.

Mark Cavendish led the squad across the line in 20:13 for the 18.5km test from Donoratico to San Vincenzo, and thereby becomes the first leader of Tirreno-Adriatico for the second consecutive year.

"You have to get everything perfect to win a team time trial and so it's always more rewarding when you pull it off and you get to stand on the podium together," Cavendish said.

It is the fifth time that Cavendish has led a major race after his team won an opening team time trial: before last year's Tirreno-Adriatico, he pulled on leader's jerseys in the Giro d'Italia twice (2009, 2011) and Vuelta a Espana (2010).

"It's good to start off with a win," Cavendish said. "It's going to build our morale. We want to do well in the sprints, we want to do well in the mountains stages and we want to do well in the GC too. We're ready. We'll cover all our bases and see what happens."

The victory of Omega Pharma was not simply a matter of taking the blue jersey - which they stand to hold the next two, largely flat stages - but also of putting distance between its GC leaders - Michal Kwiatkowski, who donned the best young rider's jersey, and Rigoberto Uran - and the rest of the overall contenders. The first mountain test on stage 4 will be crucial for the pair, and Kwiatkowski was happy to have a buffer.

"I'm thankful for my teammates, they gave their all," Kwiatkowski said after the finish. "I'm happy with the effort we did, it's amazing.

"Before Tirreno, I said we cannot win the race here, but we can lose some seconds. We gained some seconds before the mountain stages, which is important for the GC. I'm really happy. We want to enjoy it."

Movistar's Nairo Quintana is the closest to the Quickstep pair, only 18 seconds back, while Tinkoff-Saxo did well to limit Alberto Contador's losses to just 24 seconds.

Even Ivan Basso kept himself within shouting distance, his Cannondale team slotting in fifth at 26 seconds behind OPQS, while Team Sky was a hair's breadth further behind, leaving Richie Porte with 27 seconds to make up.

André Greipel will have to pull off something special to contend for the blue jersey in the sprints over the next two stages, as his Lotto Belisol finished off the pace in seventh, at 28 seconds.

Former Tirreno-Adriatico winner Cadel Evans was poorly supported by his BMC team, which finished 47 seconds off the pace, leaving him with quite a bit of catching up to do. Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) fared even worse, and now sits at 53 seconds.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:20:13  
2 Orica Greenedge 0:00:11  
3 Movistar 0:00:18  
4 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:24  
5 Cannondale 0:00:26  
6 Team Sky 0:00:27  
7 Lotto-Belisol 0:00:28  
8 Trek Factory Racing 0:00:36  
9 Belkin 0:00:37  
10 0:00:43  
11 BMC Racing Team 0:00:47  
12 IAM Cycling 0:00:50  
13 Lampre-Merida 0:00:53  
14 NetApp-Endura    
15 AG2R La Mondiale    
16 Astana Pro Team 0:21:07  
17 Giant-Shimano 0:21:08  
18 Garmin-Sharp 0:21:17  
19 Katusha 0:21:19  
20 Bardiani-CSF 0:21:30  
21 MTN-Qhubeka 0:21:32  
22 Team Europcar 0:21:41  
General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:20:13  
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
4 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
5 Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
6 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:02  
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:03  
8 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge 0:00:11  
9 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
10 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
11 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge    
12 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
13 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge    
14 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
15 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:18  
16 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team    
17 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team    
18 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
19 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team    
20 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team    
21 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
22 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:24  
23 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo    
24 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo    
25 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo    
26 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo    
27 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo    
28 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:26  
29 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale    
30 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale    
31 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale    
32 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale    
33 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale    
34 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale    
35 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky 0:00:27  
36 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky    
37 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky    
38 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky    
39 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky    
40 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky    
41 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:28  
42 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
43 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
44 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
45 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
46 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:29  
47 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 0:00:30  
48 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:36  
49 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing    
50 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing    
51 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing    
52 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing    
53 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing    
54 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing    
55 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge 0:00:37  
56 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
57 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
58 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
59 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
60 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
61 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
62 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:38  
63 Mickael Delage (Fra) 0:00:43  
64 Arnaud Demare (Fra)    
65 Alexandre Geniez (Fra)    
66 Yoann Offredo (Fra)    
67 David Boucher (Fra)    
68 Thibaut Pinot (Fra)    
69 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:45  
70 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:47  
71 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
72 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
73 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
74 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
75 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
76 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
77 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
78 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:50  
79 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling    
80 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling    
81 Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling    
82 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling    
83 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling    
84 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling    
85 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:53  
86 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
87 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
88 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
89 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
90 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
91 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura    
92 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura    
93 Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura    
94 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura    
95 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura    
96 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura    
97 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura    
98 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura    
99 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
100 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
101 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
102 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
103 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida    
104 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida    
105 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:54  
106 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
107 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
108 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
109 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
110 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:55  
111 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano    
112 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano    
113 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano    
114 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
115 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
116 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:00:56  
117 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
118 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale    
119 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:57  
120 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:01:04  
121 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp    
122 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp    
123 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp    
124 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
125 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp    
126 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:06  
127 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha    
128 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
129 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha    
130 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha    
131 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha    
132 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha    
133 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha    
134 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:07  
135 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:11  
136 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:12  
137 William Bonnet (Fra) 0:01:16  
138 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:01:17  
139 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
140 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
141 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
142 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
143 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
144 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky    
145 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:19  
146 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
147 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka    
148 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka    
149 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
150 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
151 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka    
152 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
153 David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp 0:01:25  
154 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:31  
155 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
156 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
157 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
158 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
159 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar    
160 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
161 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:40  
162 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:54  
163 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:57  
164 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:05  
165 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:07  
166 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:12  
167 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:13  
168 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling 0:02:26  
169 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:03:05  
170 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale 0:03:14  
171 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:03:26  
172 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:28  
173 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) 0:03:29  
174 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka 0:04:43  
175 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:04:45  
176 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp 0:05:29  
Young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:20:13  
2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:11  
3 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
4 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:18  
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:26  
6 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale    
7 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:27  
8 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:37  
9 Arnaud Demare (Fra) 0:00:43  
10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra)    
11 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:00:47  
12 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling 0:00:50  
13 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:53  
14 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura    
15 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura    
16 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
17 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:54  
18 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:55  
19 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
20 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:01:04  
21 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:07  
22 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:01:17  
23 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
24 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
25 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:19  
26 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
27 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:57  
28 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:07  
29 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:13  
30 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling 0:02:26  
31 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:03:26  
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