Mark Cavendish Takes Lead in Tirreno-Adriatico After TTT


ROME, March 12, 2014 (AFP) – British sprint king Mark Cavendish is the
early leader of the Tirreno-Adriatico race after his Omega-Pharma team won the
opening stage team time-trial on Wednesday.

Omega finished the 18.5km time-trial from Donoratico to San Vincenzo in
20min 13sec, 11sec ahead of Orica Greenedge with Movistar a further seven
seconds back.

The Sky team of 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins were a
disappointing sixth, 27sec off the pace.

The double world team time-trial champions Omega emphasised their dominance
in this discipline ahead of Orica, led by South African Daryl Impey, who wore
the yellow jersey on two stages of last year’s Tour de France.

Another former Tour winner, Alberto Contador is well positioned after his
Tinkoff-Saxo team finished fourth at 24sec.

But for the 2011 Tour champion Cadel Evans of Australia it was a day to
forget as his BMC team lost 47sec while Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Horner’s
Lampre finished 53sec down.

Cavendish’s team-mates Michal Kwiatowski and Rigoberto Uran are second and
third respectively.

Thursday’s second stage is one for the sprinters with a 166km largely flat
run from San Vincenzo to Cascina.

Results from the first stage 18.5km team
time-trial from Donoratico to San Vincenzo on Wednesday:

1. Omega Pharma 20min 13sec, 2. Orica at 11sec, 3. Movistar 18, 4.
Tinkoff-Saxo 24, 5. Cannondale 26, 6. Sky 27, 7. Lotto 28, 8. Trek 36, 9.
Belkin 37, 10. 43