Tirreno-Adriatico: BMC Racing wins team time trial

BMC Racing won the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico in Lido di Camaiore on Wednesday, clocking a time of 22:19 over the 21.5km course and beating Mitchelton-Scott by four seconds and Team Sky by nine seconds.

Damiano Caruso was the first to cross the line for his BMC Racing team and will wear the first leader's jersey of the seven-day race. He leads the race ahead of teammates Rohan Dennis, Patrick Bevin and Greg Van Avermaet.

Caruso now officially assumes the leadership role at BMC, who are without their main general classification contender Richie Porte. The Australian was forced to skip the race due to illness. Caruso knows it will be an uphill battle to defend the race lead.

"Without Richie it is more difficult for us. We take it easy day by day and we see what will happen," he said. When asked if he would be the team's GC leader, Caruso said he did not know. "We have Greg Van Avermaet with us for the stages. I want to try and fight for the GC, but [we will take it] day by day."

How it unfolded

The opening team time trial set the stage for the seven-day race with a completely flat parcours. The teams raced along coastal roads before making the turn-around at Forte dei Marmi and crossing the intermediate time check at 10.7km on the way back to Lido di Camaiore.

Teams set off the starting ramp in five-minute intervals beginning with Mikel Landa's Movistar squad. The team was third last year but couldn't manage to pull off a top-10 this time around, finishing further down in 12th place.

Team Sky followed in hopes of a better performance than last year where they finished 18th after two riders suffered from wheel failures. And in almost a reversal of last year, compared to Movistar, they passed the time check at 11:19, already 18 seconds faster than the Spanish outfit. They ended up in third place on the day, setting up their team leader Chris Froome ahead of the mountain stages.

Dimension Data suffered a major blow on the return stretch to Lido di Camaiore when Mark Cavendish hit a pothole and crashed. He sustained lacerations to his face and road rash on his right arm and leg. He got back on his bike and finished the stage, but was later taken to the hospital. The full extent of his injuries is not known, but despite finishing, he missed the time cut and will not be able to start the stage. It was his first race back after suffering a concussion in a crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour, and he was hoping to do well in the sprints this week.

Mitchelton-Scott, with a powerful team that included time trial specialists Jack Bauer, Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn was marked as one of the favourite teams. Although they rode third fastest at the intermediate checkpoint, they upped the speed on the way back and finished, with only five riders, to set a new benchmark for the fastest time of 22:23.

Mitchelton-Scott's time didn't hold as BMC came storming through four seconds faster with the winning time. The American outfit has won the opening team time trial in the previous two editions but wasn't necessarily marked as the outright favourites for the stage this year, missing GC man Richie Porte who is out with an illness.

Crossing the line first, Italy's Caruso has the honour of wearing the leader's jersey on home soil. "This is my favourite race because we are in Italy and that is always a pleasure to race here," Caruso said.

"I think [the wind] was hard for every team. We just kept pushing until the finish a bloc, and we are happy. I don't know if it was less windy in the final. For sure, it was a strong ride by team BMC."

Last off the starting ramp were team time trial world champions Sunweb. The squad lined up with individual time trial world champion Tom Dumoulin, however, the Dutchman said he was feeling ill ahead of the race. The team rolled through the finish with the fifth fastest time, losing 25 seconds to the BMC.

The race continues on Thursday with stage 2's 167km race from Camaiore to Follonica.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:22:19
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:04
6Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 5 - Cell 2
7Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 6 - Cell 2
8Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:09
10Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Chris Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 11 - Cell 2
13Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 12 - Cell 2
14Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors0:00:15
16Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:21
20Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:25
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 21 - Cell 2
23Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 22 - Cell 2
24Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:28
26Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 25 - Cell 2
27Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 27 - Cell 2
29Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 28 - Cell 2
30Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:30
31Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 30 - Cell 2
32Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 31 - Cell 2
33Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 32 - Cell 2
34Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:34
35Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:00:39
36Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates0:00:45
41Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 40 - Cell 2
42Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 41 - Cell 2
43Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 43 - Cell 2
45Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 44 - Cell 2
46Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 45 - Cell 2
47Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 46 - Cell 2
48Daniel Moreno (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 47 - Cell 2
49Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:48
50Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:49
51Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:00:50
55Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jaime Roson (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:51
62George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 61 - Cell 2
63Robert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-JumboRow 62 - Cell 2
64Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-JumboRow 63 - Cell 2
65Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:53
67Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 70 - Cell 2
72Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 71 - Cell 2
73Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJRow 72 - Cell 2
74Davide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:54
76Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:00:55
77Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:00:58
78Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 77 - Cell 2
79Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 78 - Cell 2
80Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 79 - Cell 2
81Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:04
82Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 81 - Cell 2
83Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 82 - Cell 2
84Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 83 - Cell 2
85Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 84 - Cell 2
86Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:01:06
87Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 86 - Cell 2
88Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:08
89Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:14
90Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:16
91Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 90 - Cell 2
92Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 91 - Cell 2
93Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 92 - Cell 2
94Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 93 - Cell 2
95José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:21
96Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:25
97Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 96 - Cell 2
98Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 97 - Cell 2
99Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 98 - Cell 2
100Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:31
101Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:34
102Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:36
108Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:37
109Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:38
110Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:40
111Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:01:42
112Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:45
113Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:47
114Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 113 - Cell 2
115Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 114 - Cell 2
116Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 115 - Cell 2
117Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:48
118Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:50
119Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:01:54
120Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:01:57
121Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 120 - Cell 2
122Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 121 - Cell 2
123Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 122 - Cell 2
124Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 123 - Cell 2
125Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 124 - Cell 2
126Leopold Konig (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:12
127Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:02:13
128Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 127 - Cell 2
129Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:14
130Eduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:02:17
131August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:18
132Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:19
133Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:30
134Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:36
135Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 134 - Cell 2
136Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:37
137Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:41
138Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 137 - Cell 2
139Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:48
140Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:54
141Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:03:15
142Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:29
143Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:33
144Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:03:41
145Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:02
146Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:06
147Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:04:12
148Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida0:04:21
149Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:37
150Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:04:43
151Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott0:04:52
152Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:55
153Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:05:13
OTLMark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:07:18
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team0:22:19
2Mitchelton-Scott0:00:04
3Team Sky0:00:09
4Quick-Step Floors0:00:15
5Team Sunweb0:00:25
6Katusha-Alpecin0:00:28
7Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:30
8Trek-Segafredo0:00:39
9UAE Team Emirates0:00:45
10EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 9 - Cell 2
11Bahrain-Merida0:00:49
12Movistar Team0:00:50
13Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:51
14Astana Pro Team0:00:53
15Groupama - FDJRow 14 - Cell 2
16Lotto Soudal0:00:58
17AG2R La Mondiale0:01:04
18Dimension Data0:01:16
19Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:25
20Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:34
21Israel-Cycling Academy0:01:47
22Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:01:57
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:22:19
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:04
6Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 5 - Cell 2
7Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 6 - Cell 2
8Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:09
10Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Chris Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 11 - Cell 2
13Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 12 - Cell 2
14Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors0:00:15
16Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:21
20Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:25
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 21 - Cell 2
23Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 22 - Cell 2
24Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:28
26Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 25 - Cell 2
27Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 27 - Cell 2
29Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 28 - Cell 2
30Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:30
31Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 30 - Cell 2
32Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 31 - Cell 2
33Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 32 - Cell 2
34Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:34
35Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:00:39
36Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates0:00:45
41Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 40 - Cell 2
42Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 41 - Cell 2
43Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 42 - Cell 2
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