BMC Wins Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1 – Caruso In Overall Lead
PeloPics: BMC Racing Team has won the first stage of the 53rd edition of the Race of the Two Seas, a 21.5km Team Time Trial, ahead of Mitchelton – Scott and Team Sky, recording an average speed of 57.804kph. The Italian rider Damiano Caruso is the first leader of the GC and was awarded the Maglia Azzurra.
More bad luck for Mark Cavendish
5th for Sunweb
Mitchelton-Scott only 4 seconds down
Top speed for BMC
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the first Maglia Azzurra winner, Damiano Caruso (BMC), said: “This is definitely one of my favourite races. It’s the third time in a row that I have won a stage here with BMC. Without Richie Porte, it was more difficult for us to win today and it’ll be more difficult to win the overall, too. Now I might be the team’s leader for this race. I feel good. I don’t know if the wind conditions were different for us than Team Sky. I just know we kept pushing hard till the end and it paid off. We are happy.”
First leaders jersey for Damiano Caruso
Race video – The final teams:
Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1 Result:
1. BMC in 22:19
2. Mitchelton-Scott at 0:04
3. Sky at 0:09
4. Quick-Step Floors at 0:15
5. Sunweb at 0:25
6. Katusha-Alpecin at 0:29
7. Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:30
8. Trek-Segafredo at 0:39
9. UAE Team Emirates at 0:45
10. EF Education First-Drapac.
Tirreno-Adriatico Overall After Stage 1:
1. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC in 22:19.