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Tirreno-Adriatico 2011

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March 9-15, 2011

March 09, Stage 1: Marina di Carrara (TTT) 16.8km

Rabobank dominant in Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

Stephen Farrand
March 09, 2011, 15:09 GMT,
March 09, 2011, 20:47 GMT

Boom takes overall lead on day one

The Rabobank team continued their impressive run of results by dominating the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, securing the first leader’s jersey for Lars Boom and opening a useful time gap on all the other overall contenders for team leader Robert Gesink.

Rabobank was the first team to start the flat, out and back course and set a time of eighteen minutes and eight seconds. They covered the 16.8km course at an average of over 55km/h.

Garmin-Cervelo started hesitantly but finished strong to take second place at nine seconds, HTC-Highroad was third at ten seconds and Saxo Bank-SunGard was fourth with a time of 18:19.

The Rabobank team included strong time trialists Sebastian Langeveld, Tom Leezer, Bram Tankink and Maarten Wynants. Boom won the prologue at the Tour of Oman and this team time trial victory is Rabobank’s twelfth victory of the 2011 season. Boom was first to cross the line for Rabobank and so pulled on the first sky blue race leader’s jersey.

Overall contenders lose precious seconds

RCS Sport, the organisers of Tirreno-Adriatico, caused a surprise by introducing an opening team time trial and a final individual time trial to this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico route. It reduced the number of stages suited to the sprinters to just two but makes the race more suited to stage race riders.

Most of the big-name sprinters have still opted for Tirreno-Adriatico for their final build-up to Milan-San Remo but the race will also see Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) fight for overall success.

Rabobank’s victory has already boosted Gesink’s overall chances and damaged those of several key rivals.

Liquigas-Cannondale finished a solid fifth in the team, but that meant Basso lost 22 precious to Gesink. BMC was sixth, leaving Cadel Evans 26 seconds behind, while Leopard Trek was seventh at 29 seconds. World time trial champion Fabian Cancellara did long turns on the front but his Luxembourg team finished off the pace with a time of 18:37.

Michele Scarponi’s Lampre-ISD team lost 37 seconds, while 2010 Tirreno-Adriatico winner Stefano Garzelli lost 47 seconds after Acqua & Sapone was only twelfth. Giovanni Visconti chances also now looked slim after Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli were seventeenth, losing 55 seconds.

Some riders also took a physical battering. Omega Pharma-Lotto set a time of 18:49 to finish 11th but sprinter Andre Greipel was unable to make a full contribution to his team’s effort after crashing while warming up for the team time trial. He started the time trial with the left side of his face covered in bandages.

Time bonuses will now become a key factor in the battle for overall victory. Ten, six and four seconds are awarded at the end of road stages and time bonuses of three, two and one second are awarded at intermediate sprints.

Thursday’s second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico is over 202km from Carrara to Arezzo in the heart of Tuscany. It is expected to finish with a bunch sprint with local resident Daniele Bennati (Leopard Trek) surely hoping to final land his first win of the season. 

1 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:18:08  
2 Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:09  
3 HTC-Highroad 0:00:10  
4 Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:11  
5 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:22  
6 BMC Racing Team 0:00:26  
7 Leopard Trek 0:00:29  
8 Team RadioShack 0:00:30  
9 Sky Procycling 0:00:33  
10 Lampre - ISD 0:00:37  
11 Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:41  
12 Acqua & Sapone 0:00:47  
13 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:51  
14 Pro Team Astana    
15 Movistar Team    
16 Katusha Team 0:00:53  
17 Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:00:55  
18 AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:57  
19 Quickstep Cycling Team 0:01:08  
20 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:13  
General classification after stage 1
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:18:08  
2 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
4 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
6 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
7 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:09  
8 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
9 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
10 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
11 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
12 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:10  
13 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad    
14 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad    
15 Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad    
16 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad    
17 Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad    
18 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad    
19 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:11  
20 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
21 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard    
22 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard    
23 Michael Morkov (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard    
24 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank Sungard    
25 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
26 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:17  
27 David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:20  
28 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:22  
29 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
30 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
31 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
32 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
33 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
34 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
35 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
36 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:24  
37 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:26  
38 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
39 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team    
40 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
41 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
42 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
43 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
44 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
45 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek 0:00:28  
46 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek    
47 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek    
48 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Leopard Trek    
49 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek    
50 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack 0:00:30  
51 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack    
52 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack    
53 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack    
54 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack    
55 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:33  
56 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling    
57 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling    
58 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
59 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling    
60 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling    
61 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
62 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:36  
63 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
64 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:37  
65 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
66 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
67 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD    
68 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
69 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
70 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD    
71 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:41  
72 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
73 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
74 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
75 Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
76 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:44  
77 Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:46  
78 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:00:47  
79 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone    
80 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
81 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
82 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
83 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack 0:00:49  
84 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack    
85 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:51  
86 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
87 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
88 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
89 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
90 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
91 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
92 Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana    
93 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
94 Allan Davis (Aus) Pro Team Astana    
95 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana    
96 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
97 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
98 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
99 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team    
100 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team    
101 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
102 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team    
103 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
104 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team    
105 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team    
106 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team    
107 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:52  
108 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team    
109 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team    
110 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team    
111 Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team    
112 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team    
113 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team    
114 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:00:54  
115 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
116 Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
117 Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
118 Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
119 Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
120 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana 0:00:57  
121 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
122 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
123 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
124 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
125 David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
126 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
127 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
128 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad 0:00:59  
129 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:01:08  
130 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
131 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
132 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
133 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
134 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
135 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:13  
136 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
137 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
138 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
139 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
140 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:27  
141 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:01:41  
142 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:01:47  
143 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:01:50  
144 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
145 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:00  
146 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek 0:02:03  
147 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
148 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:11  
149 Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:17  
150 Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek 0:02:35  
151 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
152 Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:02:53  
153 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
154 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:08  
155 Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack 0:03:15  
156 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:24  
157 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:03:25  
158 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 0:03:31  
159 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:41  
160 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:04:39