World champions BMC Racing win team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico

BMC stormed to victory in the opening team time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico at Lido di Camaiore, with Daniel Oss leading the team across the line to take the blue jersey of race leader and Tejay van Garderen gaining an early boost in the race for final overall victory.

With four riders from their back-to-back world title winning efforts in the discipline on show on Wednesday – Oss, van Garderen, Taylor Phinney and Manuel Quinziato – BMC were among the favourites for the stage, and they duly scorched around the 22.7-km course at an average of 56.947kph to record the quickest time of the day.

"It's amazing," said Oss as he waited to receive the blue jersey. "It was one of the objectives for the team win the first stage because we have an amazing team for the TTT. But we also have some amazing climbers like Tejay for the GC, so this is a good start."

BMC's time of 23:55 was two seconds faster than the previous best established by a fluid Etixx-QuickStep, where, as ever, Tony Martin had been the principal driver but where others, including Omnium world champion Fernando Gaviria, contributed strongly.

If the presence of the two recent world champions in the team time trial was in line with the formbook, then the surprise of the day came from the FDJ team of Thibaut Pinot, who were the early pace-setters and finished the day in 3rd place, 9 seconds down on BMC.

The French squad were winners of the team time trial at the recent La Méditerranéenne event, and their showing at WorldTour level here was further evidence of the emphasis they have begun placing upon the discipline in recent seasons. They display also leaves Pinot well-positioned to improve on his fourth place overall finish at Tirreno-Adriatico two years ago.

World champion Peter Sagan and his Tinkoff team placed a solid fourth, 11 seconds down on BMC, while the Astana squad of Vincenzo Nibali – the final outfit to take the start ramp – produced a solid if unspectacular ride to place sixth on the day, 15 seconds off the pace.

Bauke Mollema, second overall a year ago, will be relatively pleased with his start here, as Fabian Cancellara's prodigious efforts helped his Trek-Segafredo team take 7th on the stage, just two seconds behind Nibali.

There was relative disappointment, however, for Orica-GreenEdge, usually such a strong performer in team time trials, as they had to settle for 9th place, though their 25-second deficit won't be of undue concern for their climbing pair of Esteban Chaves and Adam Yates.

Alejandro Valverde's Movistar team was the first to start, and they would finish the day some 29 seconds down on BMC, a setback considering the talent at their disposal in Italy, though all disappointment was relative compared to that of Cannondale.

The squad's rotten luck in team time trials, a back catalogue that dates to their crash in the opening stage of the 2013 Vuelta a España and includes spills at the 2014 Giro d'Italia and 2015 Giro del Trentino, continued in Tuscany on Wednesday as three of their riders crashed early on, including, it seems, new signing and leader Rigoberto Uran. The Colombian had to finish the stage on a normal road bike, but was among Cannondale's formation of five riders who crossed the line in last place, 2:03 down on BMC.

Tirreno-Adriatico continues on Thursday with a sinuous opening road stage to Pomerance, which features a finale designed by double world champion Paolo Bettini, and might favour the finisseurs over the pure sprinters.

Oss will set out from Camaiore in the blue jersey of race leader, but was under no illusions about his place within the BMC hierarchy on Wednesday evening. "We have the jersey but I repeat, we're for the GC with Tejay, and then on tomorrow's stage, I think Greg [Van Avermaet] had a good chance."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team0:23:55
Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team0:02:08
Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:05
2Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:02
Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step
Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step
Fernando Gaviria (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:19
Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:00:37
Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:02:20
4Tinkoff Team0:00:11
Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team
Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team
Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team
Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team
Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team
Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team0:00:23
Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:02:43
Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff Team0:04:25
5IAM Cycling0:00:12
Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling
Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling
Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling
Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:01:32
6Astana Pro Team0:00:15
Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team0:03:21
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:00:23
Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek-Segafredo0:02:58
Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
8Team Sky0:00:21
Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky
Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky
Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky0:00:55
Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:04:11
Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge
Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge
Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge
Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge
Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:15
Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:11
10Movistar Team0:00:29
Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team
Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:03:25
Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
11Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:38
Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:30
12Lotto Soudal0:00:46
Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal
Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal
Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lotto Soudal
Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:18
Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:10
13AG2R La Mondiale0:00:50
Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale
Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:42
Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:11
14Team Katusha0:00:59
Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha
Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha
Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha
Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha
Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:01:01
15Dimension Data0:01:03
Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data
Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data
Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data0:02:15
Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
16CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:04
Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:01
Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:28
Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:05:45
17Bora-Argon 180:01:11