Team Sky win Giro de Trentino team time trial to help Bradley Wiggins claw back time
By Matt Westby. Last Updated: 16/04/13 7:08pm
Team Sky beat Astana by 13 seconds
Team Sky won the stage 1b team time trial at the Giro del Trentino to help Sir Bradley Wiggins claw back some of the time he lost in the race's opening stage earlier in the day.
The British outfit stopped the clock after a 14.1km course around Lienz, Austria, in 15min 20sec, 13 seconds faster than second-placed Astana and 16 seconds ahead of third-placed Lampre-Merida.
The result went some way to making up for stage 1a, also held on Tuesday, when a breakaway stayed out and crossed the finish line almost seven minutes ahead of a stunned peloton containing Wiggins and the rest of the pre-race favourites.
Nineteen-year-old Czech Josef Cerny, who finished second on stage 1a, assumed the overall leadership of the race after his CCC Polkat Polkowice came 12th in the TTT, 13 seconds ahead of the Ag2r-La Mondiale team of stage 1a winner and previous pink jersey-wearer Maxime Bouet.
Wiggins is now 6min 05sec behind Cerny in the general classification, but gained time on his pre-race rivals in the TTT and leads Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) by 13 seconds, Michele Scarponi (Lampre) by 16 seconds and both Ivan Basso (Cannondale) and Cadel Evans (BMC) by 49 seconds.
With Dario Cataldo, Joe Dombrowski, Peter Kennaugh, Christian Knees, Danny Pate, Kanstantsin Siutsou and Xabier Zandio rounding out the squad, it was Team Sky's first team time trial victory since the Tour of Qatar in 2010.
The second team off the starting ramp, they were fastest at the 9.6km intermediate split mark and kept driving hard to set a mark that ultimately proved unassailable.
Astana posed the biggest threat, trailing five seconds at the intermediate split, before wilting in the final third of the course.
Lampre-Merida were even closer at the split, adrift by just three seconds, but they too saw their challenge fade away.
After Cannondale and BMC both posted disappointing times, eyes turned to Bouet's Ag2r-La Mondiale team, but their time of 16min 25sec was the fourth worst of the day.
Stage two sees the race enter the mountains and cross the border into Italy with a 224.8km route from Pergine Valsugana to a summit finish at Vetriolo Terme.
Read a report of stage 1a here
Stage 1b result
1 Team Sky, 15:20
2 Astana, +13secs
3 Lampre, +16
4 NetApp-Endura, +24
5 Europcar, +35
6 Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox, +35
7 Vini Fantini, +39
8 Androni - Venezuela, +44
9 BMC, +49
10 Cannondale, same time
1 Joseg Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat Polkowice, 3:05.07
2 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +11secs
3 Michael Rodriguez (Col) eam Colombia, +16
4 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka, +44
5 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Rusvelo, +49
6 Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural, +50
7 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia, +59
8 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System, +2.05
9 Pete Kennaugh (GB) Team Sky, +6:03
10 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky, same time
12 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, +6:03
17 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, +6:16
24 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida, +6:19
52 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC, +6:52
56 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale, +6:52