BMC Racing won the opening team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico in Lido di Camaiore on Wednesday, clocking a time of 22:19 over the 21.5km course and beating Mitchelton-Scott by four seconds and Team Sky by nine seconds.
Damiano Caruso was the first to cross the line for his BMC Racing team and will wear the first leader’s jersey of the seven-day race. He leads the race ahead of teammates Rohan Dennis, Patrick Bevin and Greg Van Avermaet.
Caruso now officially assumes the leadership role at BMC, who are without their main general classification contender Richie Porte. The Australian was forced to skip the race due to illness. Caruso knows it will be an uphill battle to defend the race lead.
“Without Richie it is more difficult for us. We take it easy day by day and we see what will happen,” he said. When asked if he would be the team’s GC leader, Caruso said he did not know. “We have Greg Van Avermaet with us for the stages. I want to try and fight for the GC, but [we will take it] day by day.”
How it unfolded
The opening team time trial set the stage for the seven-day race with a completely flat parcours. The teams raced along coastal roads before making the turn-around at Forte dei Marmi and crossing the intermediate time check at 10.7km on the way back to Lido di Camaiore.
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