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) TeamResult
1Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:20:13 
2Orica Greenedge0:00:11 
6Team Sky0:00:27 
8Trek Factory Racing0:00:36 
11BMC Racing Team0:00:47 
12IAM Cycling0:00:50 
15AG2R La Mondiale  
16Astana Pro Team0:21:07 
22Team Europcar0:21:41 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:20:13 
2Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
3Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
4Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
5Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
6Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:02 
7Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:03 
8Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge0:00:11 
9Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
10Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
11Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge  
12Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
13Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge  
14Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
15Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:18 
16Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
17Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
18Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
19Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
20Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
21Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
22Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:24 
23Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo  
24Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
25Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo  
26Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
27Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
28Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:00:26 
29Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale  
30Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale  
31Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale  
32Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
33Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale  
34Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale  
35Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky0:00:27 
36Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
37Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky  
38Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
39Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky  
40Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky  
41Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:28 
42Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
43André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
44Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
45Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
46Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:00:29 
47Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:00:30 
48Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:00:36 
49Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
50Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing  
51Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
52Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
53Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing  
54Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
55Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge0:00:37 
56Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
57Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
58Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
59Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
60Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
61Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
62Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing0:00:38 
63Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:43 
64Arnaud Demare (Fra)  
65Alexandre Geniez (Fra)  
66Yoann Offredo (Fra)  
67David Boucher (Fra)  
68Thibaut Pinot (Fra)  
69Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:45 
70Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:47 
71Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
72Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
73Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
74Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
75Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
76Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
77Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
78Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:50 
79Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
80Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
81Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling  
82Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
83Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
84Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
85Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:53 
86Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
87Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
88Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
89Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
90Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura  
92Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura  
93Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura  
94David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura  
95Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura  
96Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura  
97Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura  
98Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura  
99Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
100Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
101Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
102Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
103Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida  
104Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida  
105Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:00:54 
106Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
107Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
108Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
109Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
110Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:55 
111Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
112Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
113Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
114Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
115Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
116Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:00:56 
117Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
118Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
119Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:57 
120Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:04 
121Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp  
122Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp  
123Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp  
124Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
125Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp  
126Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:06 
127Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha  
128Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
129Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
130Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha  
131Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
132Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha  
133Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha  
134Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:07 
135Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:11 
136Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:01:12 
137William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:16 
138Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:01:17 
139Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
140Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
141Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
142Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
143Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
144Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
145Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:19 
146Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
147Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
148Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka  
149Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
150Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
151Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka  
152Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
153David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:01:25 
154Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:31 
155Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
156Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
157Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
158Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
159Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar  
160Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
161Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:40 
162Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:54 
163Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:57 
164Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:05 
165Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:07 
166Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:12 
167Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:13 
168Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:02:26 
169Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:05 
170Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale0:03:14 
171Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:03:26 
172Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:03:28 
173Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr0:03:29 
174Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:04:43 
175Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:04:45 
176Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:05:29 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:20:13 
2Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:00:11 
3Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
4Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:00:18 
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:00:26 
6Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale  
7Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:00:27 
8Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:37 
9Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:43 
10Thibaut Pinot (Fra)  
11Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:00:47 
12Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:00:50 
13Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:53 
14Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura  
15David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura  
16Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
17Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:54 
18Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:55 
19Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
20Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:04 
21Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:07 
22Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:01:17 
23Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
24Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
25Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:19 
26Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
27Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:57 
28Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:07 
29Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:13 
30Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:02:26 
31Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:03:26 
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