Mitchelton-Scott take team time trial victory on Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 stage one

Adam Yates is the best placed GC contender after a surprise TTT victory

Mitchelton-Scott take victory in the opening team time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Mitchelton-Scott took victory in dangerous conditions during the opening team time trial of the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico, with Adam Yates best placed out of the general classification riders.

The Australian squad surprised other teams traditionally strong in the discipline, including Jumbo-Visma who looked sure to win the opening stage.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.