When they crossed the line of the Tirreno-Adriatico opening stage team time trial, ORICA-GreenEDGE had parlayed the fastest time in the intermediate check-point into the quickest time at the finish. Daryl Impey led seven riders across the finish line as the Australian outfit stopped the clock at 20’24 over 18.5 kilometres. The time would stand until the penultimate ride by Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, who managed to cover the technical course 11” quicker. With a time of 20’13, the Belgian squad put Mark Cavendish into the first race leader’s jersey of the Italian stage race.
“Our great battle with Quick-Step continues. We’re up against the best team in the world in the team time trial, and they got the better of us today in Tirreno.. The boys rode very well. We posted a good time compared to 20 other teams. We’re happy with how they executed. They really couldn’t have gone much better. We would have liked to have won; that was the goal. But second is nothing to frown about, that’s for sure.”
|1||Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||0:20:13|
|8||Trek Factory Racing||0:00:36|