Tirreno-Adriatico's team time trial duel

Two fastest team time trial squads in the world battled it out for early honours in the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico

Omega Pharma Quickstep in action during the opening Team Time Trial of the 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The two strongest time trial teams locked horns again. Today on the Tuscan coast in Italy, Omega Pharma-QuickStep topped Orica-GreenEdge to win the first stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico. Mark Cavendish crossed the line first and will wear the leader's blue jersey into the second stage tomorrow.

"The team time trial is especially special because everything has to go right," Cavendish said in a press conference afterwards. "Eight people have to do everything right on the day, so it's so hard to do."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.