OPQ wins TTT – Cavendish became the first leader

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Omega Pharma Quick-Step was the fastest team in the Tirreno-Adriatico opener and they put Mark Cavendish into the overall lead. They were down to 5 riders for the final kilometers, but thanks to German powerhouse Tony Martin, OPQ finished 11 seconds ahead of Movistar and 16″ away from BMC.

Amongst the pre-race favorites, Cadel Evans has now 4 seconds margin over last year’s winner Vincenzo Nibali, 9″ over Chris Froome and 13″ over Alberto Contador. “The differences are important, we lost 16 seconds with BMC and also lost time to Astana and Sky, who are direct rivals, but we cannot think that this is definitive. It is true that these races are won or lost by a few seconds, but well, this is just beginning,” told Contador after the stage.

Results

1. Omega Pharma-Quick Step 19′ 24″
2. Movistar Team 11″
3. BMC Racing Team 16″

4. Cannondale Pro Cycling 19″
5. Astana Pro Team 20″
6. Orica-GreenEdge 24″
7. Sky Procycling 25″
8. Team Saxo-Tinkoff 29″
9. Lampre-Merida 35″
10. RadioShack Leopard 36″
11. Blanco Pro Cycling Team 37″
12. Team NetApp-Endura 39″
13. Katusha 44″
14. Team Argos-Shimano 51″
15. Lotto Belisol 54″
16. Garmin-Sharp 57″
17. MTN-Qhubeka 1′ 00″
18. FDJ 1′ 02″
19. Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1′ 04″
20. Ag2R La Mondiale 1′ 05″
21. Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 1′ 06″
22. Euskaltel-Euskadi