GreenEdge wins stage 1 team time trial

The GreenEdge Cycling Team has won its first race on European soil in dominating fashion as the Australian ProTour squad claimed victory in the first stage at Tirreno-Adriatico. GreenEdge completed the 16.9km team time trial in 18:41, 17 seconds faster than runner-up RadioShack-Nissan which was anchored by time trial stalwart Fabian Cancellara.

Garmin-Barracuda, which had set the early benchmark, finished fractions of a second behind RadioShack-Nissan for third place.

Team Sky's effort garnered the British ProTour squad a fourth place finish, 23 seconds down, while Astana rounded out the top five at 30 seconds.

GreenEdge's Matt Goss led the team across the finish line and the 25-year-old Australian earned the first leader's jersey as well as a morale boost 10 days prior to defending his Milan-Sanremo title.

"The season started a little bit slower, and it was deliberately aimed to be good at this race and then through Sanremo and the Classics. So far it's working," said Goss with a smile. "It's a perfect start. It's incredible to win our first team time trial together.

"My form is pretty similar to last year. At Milan-Sanremo I was at the end of a peak of form. This year I hope to be in slightly better form. However winning now is important for my morale and the morale of the team."

Goss and five of his GreenEdge teammates currently hold the top six positions on general classification. Daniele Bennati holds seventh overall and leads a contingent of RadioShack-Nissan riders at 17 seconds back.

2011 Tirreno-Adriatico champion Cadel Evans and his BMC Racing Team opened their title defense inauspiciously as they conceded nearly one minute to GreenEdge, finishing 58 seconds off the pace for 17th place out of 22 teams. While GreenEdge may not pose a threat for the final general classification, teams high up on the leader board have put their respective GC riders in good position. RadioShack-Nissan's Chris Horner and Garmin-Barracuda's Andrew Talansky both lead Evans by 41 seconds while Astana's Roman Kreuziger holds a 28-second advantage over the defending champion, who sits in 109th place on general classification entering stage 2.

If last year's race is any indication, seconds may prove crucial as the top-five riders on the final general classification were separated by 30 seconds.

Worlds re-match

Tomorrow the peloton will face the opening road stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, covering 230km from San Vincenzo to Indicatore, in a day likely favouring the sprinters. The peloton is chock full of sprinting talent including the likes of world champion Mark Cavendish (Sky), Matt Goss (GreenEdge), André Greipel (Lotto Belisol Team), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda), Oscar Freire (Katusha), Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD), Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Daniele Bennati (RadioShack-Nissan), Borut Bozic (Astana) and Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF-Inox).

For race leader Matt Goss, it will be the first head-to-head competition against Cavendish since the world championships where Cavendish and Goss finished 1-2 respectively. In fact, with Greipel at the race, the complete world championship podium as well as eight of the top-10 Worlds finishers are at Tirreno-Adriatico.

"The stage will probably end in a sprint," said Goss. "I'll be up against [Mark] Cavendish but against everyone else too. The last time I sprinted against Cavendish was at the Worlds in Copenhagen (where Goss finished second). He's very fast but I'd like to change the result from the Worlds around. But it's wrong to be one step behind another team. We'll try and do something ourselves and keep the leader's blue jersey for the next two days."

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Full Results
1GreenEdge Cycling Team0:18:41
3Garmin - BarracudaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sky Procycling0:00:23
5Astana Pro Team0:00:30
6Team Saxo Bank0:00:38
7Acqua & Sapone0:00:39
8Katusha Team0:00:40
9Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:43
10Lotto Belisol Team0:00:45
11Lampre - ISD0:00:46
12Farnese Vini0:00:47
13Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:51
14Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 13 - Cell 2
16Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:57
17BMC Racing Team0:00:58
18Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:09
19Movistar Team0:01:11
20FDJ-Big Mat0:01:18
21Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:25
22Colombia - Coldeportes0:01:45
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General classification after stage 1
1Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:18:41
2Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:05
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:17
8Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 7 - Cell 2
9Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 8 - Cell 2
10Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-NissanRow 9 - Cell 2
11Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - BarracudaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - BarracudaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - BarracudaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:18
18Jens Mouris (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:20
19Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:23
20Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky ProcyclingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky ProcyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:30
25Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda0:00:35
34Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:36
35Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:38
36Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 35 - Cell 2
37Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 36 - Cell 2
38Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 37 - Cell 2
39Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo BankRow 38 - Cell 2
40David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 39 - Cell 2
41Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo BankRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo BankRow 41 - Cell 2
43Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone0:00:39
44Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & SaponeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:40
51Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:43
58Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 57 - Cell 2
59Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:45
64André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Jurgen Wandewalle (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:46
71Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 70 - Cell 2
72Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 71 - Cell 2
73Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 72 - Cell 2
74Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 73 - Cell 2
75Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 74 - Cell 2
76Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:47
78Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:51
85Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 89 - Cell 2
91Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jérome Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 91 - Cell 2
93Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 92 - Cell 2
94Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 93 - Cell 2
95Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:55
96Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 95 - Cell 2
97Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 96 - Cell 2
98Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 97 - Cell 2
99Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 98 - Cell 2
100Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 99 - Cell 2
101Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:57
102Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:58
109Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:04
114Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:06
116Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:09
117Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 116 - Cell 2