Marco Pinotti is wearing the Maglia Rosa tonight after HTC stormed to a team time trial win in Turin. Pinotti, the Italian TT champ, swaps that jersey for pink tonight after HTC-Highroad posted a time of 20:59 to take the top spot.
HTC finished with five riders after Frantisek Rabon flatted and three others were dropped from the scorching pace, but they did enough to outpace dark horses Team Radioshack, who finished ten seconds down. Liquigas were a further 11 seconds behind, as were Omega-Phrama Lotto. Garmin-Cervélo – who also finished with five – lost 24 seconds and ended up fifth placed on the day.
Alberto Contador's Saxo Bank Sungard team could do no better than eighth and the favourite to win the general classification will start tomorrow's stage half a minute back on Pinotti and his HTC Columbia teammates, however the Spaniard will probably be reasonably pleased that he has only conceded 8 seconds to Vincenzo Nibalia of Liquigas the man many feel most likely to pose the biggest threat to a Contador victory.
Giro Stage 1 Team Time Trial Top 10
1 HTC - HIGHROAD 20:59 0:00 2 TEAM RADIOSHACK 21:09 0:10 3 LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 21:21 0:22 4 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 21:21 0:22 5 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 21:23 0:24 6 LAMPRE - ISD 21:23 0:24 7 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 21:25 0:26 8 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 21:29 0:30 9 SKY PROCYCLING 21:36 0:37 10 VACANSOLEIL DCM PRO C.TEAM 21:36 0:37
Giro Stage 1 Top 20 after Stage 1
1 PINOTTI Marco THR 20:59 0:00 2 BAK Lars Ytting THR 0:00 3 SIVTSOV Kanstantsin THR 0:00 4 CAVENDISH Mark THR 0:00 5 LEWIS Craig THR 0:00 6 MCEWEN Robert RSH 0:10 7 MACHADO Tiago RSH 0:10 8 BEPPU Fumiyuki RSH 0:10 9 SELANDER Bjorn RSH 0:10 10 HUNTER Robert RSH 0:10 11 DEIGNAN Philip RSH 0:10 12 POPOVYCH Yaroslav RSH 0:10 13 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQ 0:22 14 AGNOLI Valerio LIQ 0:22 15 SABATINI Fabio LIQ 0:22 16 SZMYD Sylvester LIQ 0:22 17 DALL'ANTONIA Tiziano LIQ 0:22 18 CAPECCHI Eros LIQ 0:22 19 VANOTTI Alessandro LIQ 0:22 20 VEIKKANEN Jussi OLO 0:22
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