BMC strike first blow at Tirreno-Adriatico

Quick-Step second, FDJ third in opening team time trial

BMC Racing stormed their way to victory in the team time trial on the opening day of action at Tirreno-Adriatico. The American team almost came to the line with a full complement of riders, losing just one rider in the closing kilometres, and posted a time of 23:20 on the 22.7km route around the Tuscany seaside resort of Lido di Camaiore.

As the team entered the final stretch, they had a minute to work with but the drag was long and they held 17 seconds on Quick-Step Floors by the time they hit the line. Italian Damiano Caruso sprinted to the front of the group to lead them over and put himself into the first blue jersey. As the team's GC hopes collapsed at Paris-Nice this week, the victory sets up the general classification campaign of Tejay van Garderen nicely.

Nairo Quintana will also be satisfied with how his Movistar team performed. In Tuesday's pre-race press conference, Quintana had said the stage would be about limiting losses and they did that and more, clocking the third quickest time at just 22 seconds behind BMC.

Orica-Scott was the only other team to dip below the 24-minute mark with their effort of 22:45, putting Adam Yates into a strong position ahead of the mountains.

"Most of us are time trial specialists. We won like last year but faster than last year because we have two new riders in the team, Stefan Kung and Rohan Dennis who are really fast against the clock. They have made that difference today compared to last year," Caruso said before collecting his leader's jersey. "Maybe the weather conditions have also helped for a faster time. At the end I was first on the line, which enables me to wear the leader's jersey – it's a great honour. Racing at home in Italy with that jersey will be special. We'll see how far I can go with it. We're also racing for our leader Tejay van Garderen."

How it happened

Lotto Soudal kick-started the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico, under sunny skies in Lido di Camaiore. They didn't have high expectations going into the stage but put in a solid performance of 24:12, which would be enough to hold off the attempts of Trek-Segafredo and Tom Dumoulin's Team Sunweb. The Dutchman's blunt appraisal of the time, which was four seconds slower than Lotto Soudal, was that it was simply 'not fast enough'. Dumoulin would have been hoping to put time into his rivals on day one, rather than giving it away.

Movistar, who were sixth to start, would eventually knock Lotto Soudal out of the hot seat. While taking care to keep Quintana out of the wind as much as possible, they averaged over 57kph on the course. The team's time of 23:42 would give the Colombian a large buffer on some of his GC rivals going into the next stages and was a marked improvement on their 10th place ride over the same course last year.

Reigning team time trial world champions Quick-Step Floors were also in the first half of the teams, starting eighth of the 22 squads. With half the team that delivered them to that title in the eight-man line-up, plus the firepower of the likes of Zdenek Stybar and Tom Boonen, the Belgian outfit set off with just one result in mind.

Quick-Step Floors would cut five seconds off Movistar's time and replace them in the hot seat. The team had to wait well over an hour to see any other team could get close to them, as plenty tried and failed. Both FDJ and Orica-Scott put in strong performances, but they weren't sufficient to threaten their hold on the lead.

Team Sky had big hopes of what they might be able to do but several of their riders, including Mikel Landa and Diego Rosa, looked in trouble, and the team had to adjust to ensure they weren't dropped. A catastrophic wheel failure for Gianni Moscon, which sent him tumbling to the ground, was the final nail in the coffin. Fortunately for Moscon, he was able to remount, and he reported to the television cameras waiting at the finish that it was a pothole that had caused the failure.

As the winners of last year's time trial, BMC was the last team to depart down the starting ramp. They looked like a well-oiled machine throughout, losing just Manuel Quinziato in the final kilometres. With the line in sight, Caruso sprinted while the remainder of the team remained in formation on the other side of the road. The Italian led them over to put himself into the first leader's jersey of the race.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing0:23:20 
2Quick-Step Floors0:00:17 
3Movistar Team0:00:22 
4FDJ  
5Orica-Scott0:00:25 
6LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:40 
7Lotto Soudal0:00:52 
8Bahrain-Merida0:00:53 
9Dimension Data  
10Astana0:00:55 
11Sunweb0:00:56 
12Trek-Segafredo0:00:58 
13AG2R La Mondiale0:01:00 
14UAE Team Emirates0:01:09 
15Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:11 
16Cannondale-Drapac0:01:18 
17Katusha-Alpecin0:01:36 
18Team Sky0:01:42 
19Androni-Giocattoli0:01:45 
20Bardiani-CSF0:02:21 
21Nippo-Vini Fantini0:02:22 
22Novo Nordisk0:02:52 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:23:21 
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
3Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
4Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
5Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
6Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
7Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:16 
8Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
9Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors  
10Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
11Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors  
12Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors  
13Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors  
14Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:00:21 
15Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
16Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
17Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ  
18Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
19Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ  
20Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
21Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
22Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
23Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team  
24Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
25Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
26Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:00:24 
27Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott  
28Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott  
29Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott  
30Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott  
31Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott  
32Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:39 
33Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
34Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
35Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
36Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
37Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:42 
38Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:00:51 
39Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
40Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
41Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
42Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
43Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:52 
44Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-Merida  
45Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
46Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
47Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
48Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
49Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
50Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data  
51Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
52Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data  
53Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
54Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data  
55Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:54 
56Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
57Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
58Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
59Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
60Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
61Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:00:55 
62Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb  
63Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb  
64Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
65Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb  
66Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:57 
67Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
68Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo  
69Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
70Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
71Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:59 
72Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
73Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
75Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
76Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:00 
77Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:02 
78Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:08 
79Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
80Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
81Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
82Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
83Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
84Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
85Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida0:01:09 
86Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:10 
87Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
88Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
89Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
90Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
91Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team0:01:12 
92Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:15 
93Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:17 
94Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac  
95Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac  
96Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
97Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac  
98Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:35 
99Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
100Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin  
101Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin  
102Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
103Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
104Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin  
105Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:37 
106Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott  
107Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:38 
108Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:01:41 
109Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
110Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky  
111Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
112Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky  
113Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:44 
114Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
115Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
116Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
117Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
118Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
119Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
120Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:48 
121Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
122Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:57 
123Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:10 
124Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ0:02:15 
125Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:20 
126Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
127Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
128Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
129Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
130Eduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:21 
131Julian Arredondo (Col) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
132Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
133Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
134Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
135Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
136Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:44 
137Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:45 
138Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:02:51 
139Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
140Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
141Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
142Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
143David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
144William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:02:53 
145Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:02:54 
146Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
147Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:02:55 
148Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:02:56 
149Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:03:00 
150Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:03:01 
151Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
152Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:03:05 
153Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team0:03:06 
154Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:09 
155Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:11 
156Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:03:12 
157Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:03:18 
158Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:20 
159Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
160Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:30 
161Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:03:45 
162Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:59 
163Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
164Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:00 
165Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
166Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
167Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott0:04:04 
168Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott  
169Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:10 
170Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:12 
171Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb  
172Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:26 
173Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:28 
174Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:55 
175Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:02 
176Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:39 

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