BMC Racing won the opening team time trial of the 2014 Giro del Trentino on Tuesday, putting the squad’s Daniel Oss into the early race lead.
The US-based team clocked a time of 14 minutes and two seconds over the flat 14.3 kilometre route to beat NetApp-Endura in second at 15 seconds and Team Sky in third at 19 seconds.
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BMC’s average speed of 57.292km/h is only just outside the record of 57.8km/h set by Orica-GreenEdge in last year’s Tour de France. The comfortable margin of victory for BMC puts team leader Cadel Evans in a good position going into tomorrow’s road stage.
Sky’s line-up includes Bradley Wiggins, but only supported by five team-mates rather than the eight-man rosters of the majority of other teams in the race.
NetApp-Endura’s line-up includes British rider Scott Thwaites. British time trial champion Alex Dowsett is part of Movistar’s team, which placed fourth in the TTT.
The hilly four-day race continues on Wednesday with a 165km stage from Limone sul Garda to San Giacomo di Brentonico, which finishes atop a first category climb. The 2014 Giro del Trentino concludes on Friday, April 25.
Giro del Trentino 2014: Riva del Garda to Arco, 14.3km team time trial
1. BMC Racing in 14-02
2. NetApp-Endura at 15 secs
3. Team Sky at 19 secs
4. Movistar at 22 secs
5. Cannondale at 23 secs
6. Astana at 29 secs
7. Rusvelo at 31 secs
8. Lampre-Merida at 33 secs
9. CCC Polsat Polkowice at 36 secs
10. Colombia at 37 secs
Overall classification after stage one
1. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing
3. Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing
4. Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing
5. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing
6. Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing at same time
7. Iker Camano (Spa) NetApp-Endura at 5 secs
8. David De La Cruz (Spa) NetApp-Endura
9. Leopold Konig (Cze) NetApp-Endura
10. Jose Pimenta (Por) NetApp-Endura at same time
14. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky at 9 secs
18. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky at 9 secs
22. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar at 12 secs
103. Scott Thwaites (GBr) NetApp-Endura at 43 secs
Sir Bradley Wiggins starts Giro del Trentino in Italy on Tuesday, aiming to impress Sky's Tour de France selectors