Mark Cavendish leads Tirreno with team time trial win

Mark Cavendish in lead, Tirreno-Adriatico 2013, stage one

Mark Cavendish has taken the first leader's jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico with his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team winning the opening team time trial.

The Belgium-based outfit, which includes two-time world champion Tony Martin, powered through the 16.9km course in 19 minutes and 24 seconds to take line honours in wet conditions.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.