Cameron Meyer won the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse after benefiting from some favourable weather conditions in Quinto.
The Orica-GreenEDGE man was the 49th of 168 riders to roll down the start ramp and enjoyed clement conditions as he traversed the technical 8.1km course in a time of nine minutes and 39 seconds.
That split proved 10 seconds quicker than Omega-Pharma - Quick-Step's Niki Terpstra - who had gone out 12 minutes before the Australian - and 14 seconds up on compatriot Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling), who was one of 11 riders to intersect the duo.
Meyer did not look confident his time would stand with the likes of Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) and four-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) all still to come, but as the stage wore on, the winds whipped up and played into the 25 year old's hands - who ultimately held on for his second win of the season.
In the end Cancellara, Sagan and Van Garderen had to settle for 16th, 40th and 73rd places respectively, with the likes of Ryder Hesjedal (ninth), Philippe Gilbert (15th) and defending champion Rui Costa (53rd) also losing time.
Gabriel Rasch meanwhile, was Team Sky's highest-ranked rider in 52nd position.
The action resumes on Sunday with a mountainous 161.3km stage between Quinto and Crans-Montana which should see all the general classification contenders emerge.