The official start order for Wednesday’s stage four team time trial in the 2012 Giro d’Italia has been released.
Having spent the first three stages of the race in Denmark plus one rest day, it’s the first stage of the 2012 race to actually take place in Italy. The 22 teams face a 33.2 kilometres test against the clock starting and finishing in Verona.
First squad off will be French outfit Ag2r La Mondiale at 2.25pm British time, with the remaining 21 teams setting off at three-minute intervals thereafter.
British squad Sky head out of the start gate at 3.16pm. Race leader Taylor Phinney’s BMC Racing team set off last, at 3.28pm.
Phinney’s lead of the race will face its first stiff challenge, not least because the American crashed heavily on Monday’s stage resulting in an ankle injury.
Geraint Thomas starts Wednesday in second place overall, nine seconds adrift of Phinney. He will be hoping that his Sky team can overhaul Phinney’s lead in the competition and put the Welshman into the pink jersey.
Garmin-Barracuda, Orica-GreenEdge and RadioShack-Nissan line up alongside BMC and Sky as the pre-stage favourites for the win.
Cycling Weekly will be covering the team time trial with live and interactive text updates throughout the afternoon on Wednesday, brought to you in association with Chain Reaction Cycles.
Giro d’Italia stage 4 team time trial start order
Times shown are local time, subtract one hour for UK time
15:25 – Ag2r La Mondiale (France)
15:28 – Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spain)
15:31 – Androni Giocattoli (Italy)
15:34 – Lampre-ISD (Italy)
15:37 – Lotto-Belisol (Belgium)
15:40 – Colnago-CSF Inox (Ireland)
15:43 – FDJ-Big Mat (France)
15:46 – Farnese Vini (Great Britain)
15:49 – Katusha (Russia)
15:52 – Movistar (Spain)
15:55 – NetApp (Germany)
15:58 – Rabobank (Netherlands)
16:01 – Saxo Bank (Denmark)
16:04 – Liquigas-Cannondale (Italy)
16:07 – Astana (Kazakhstan)
16:10 – Omega Pharma-QuickStep (Belgium)
16:13 – Vacansoleil-DCM (Netherlands)
16:16 – Team Sky (Great Britain)
16:19 – Radioshack-Nissan (Luxembourg)
16:22 – Orica-GreenEdge (Australia)
16:25 – Garmin-Barracuda (USA)
16:28 – BMC Racing Team (USA)
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