Orica-GreenEdge's hard work pays off with Giro d'Italia lead

Team time trial specialists Orica-GreenEdge celebrate another victory in the discipline, with Svein Tuft wearing the maglia rosa in Belfast

Orica-GreenEdge celebrate winning the opening team time trial of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

The wind blew rain and cold air over Belfast but that did not stop team Orica-GreenEdge from enjoying its prize this morning. Yesterday evening, it won the team time trial and put Canadian Svein Tuft in the Giro d'Italia race leader's pink jersey. The Aussie team focuses specifically on the event and just like in the Tour de France last year, it saw its hard work pay off.

Tuft stepped out of Orica's white bus in a black rain cape, but underneath, he wore the cherished pink jersey. The race organiser began awarding the top to its leaders 83 years ago in 1931. It selected pink to match the colour of the La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper that started the race in 1909.

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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.