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)
Giro d’Italia 2012: Latest news
Phinney given all-clear after Giro crash
Ferrari should be ashamed of Giro sprint, says Cavendish
Giro remembers Wouter Weylandt
Cavendish and Thomas a winning combo, says Brailsford
Geraint Thomas narrowly misses out on Giro lead
Phinney realises Giro dream
Thomas and Phinney talk Giro d’Italia time trial
Kennaugh enters Giro with least amount of racing miles
Cavendish faces first Grand Tour as World Champ and father
Frank Schleck’s last minute Giro adventure
Swift out of Giro after training crash
Giro d’Italia 2012: Who will win?
Sky to battle for Giro’s team time trial
Hesjedal aims for Giro win
Giro d’Italia 2012: Start list
Cavendish, Thomas, Kennaugh, Swift and Stannard for Giro
Giro d’Italia 2012: Jerseys unveiled
Giro d’Italia organiser announces wildcard teams for 2012
Giro d’Italia 2012 route revealed
Giro d’Italia 2012: Teams and riders
Giro d’Italia 2012 start list
Giro d’Italia 2012: TV guide
Giro d’Italia 2012: British Eurosport TV schedule