Richie Porte and Team Sky's Giro d'Italia time loss a 'disappointment'

Richie Porte loses 20 seconds to rival Alberto Contador on the Giro d'Italia's opening team time trial stage

Team Sky on stage one of the 2015 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

"A disappointment for Sky" was how Italian television summarised the end of Giro d'Italia stage one, a team time trial on the Italian Riviera. The British team and its leader Richie Porte lost 20 seconds in the first 17.6 kilometres of the three-week stage race.

Sky placed ninth at 27 seconds behind winner Orica-GreenEdge and new race leader Simon Gerrans, but more importantly 20 seconds behind team Tinkoff-Saxo, with Alberto Contador, in second place.

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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.