DONORATICO, Italy (AP) - The new GreenEdge team led by Australian rider Matthew Goss dominated a team time trial Wednesday to open the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race.
Gaining nearly a second per kilometer on its nearest challengers, GreenEdge clocked 18 minutes, 41 seconds over the 16.9-kilometer (10.5-mile) route from San Vincenzo to Donoratico near the Tuscan coast, and Goss crossed first to take the overall leader's jersey.
"It's incredible to have won the first team time trial we've entered," said Goss, who was a surprise winner of last year's Milan-San Remo.
RadioShack, led by quadruple time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara, came second. American sprinting standout Tyler Farrar and prologue specialist David Millar led Garmin to a third-place finish. Both teams finished 17 seconds behind.
Sky, featuring world champion Mark Cavendish, finished fourth, 23 seconds behind, while the BMC squad with Tour de France winner and defending Tirreno champion Cadel Evans - plus Belgian standout Philippe Gilbert - was 17th, 58 seconds back.
Stage 2 on Thursday is a mildly hilly 230-kilometer (142.9-mile) leg from San Vincenzo to Indicatore.
Many riders use this race as a warmup for the Milan-San Remo, the season's first single-day classic, which is scheduled for March 17. Besides his win in San Remo last year, Goss also finished second behind Cavendish at worlds.
"My condition is very similar to last year," Goss said. "Tomorrow will probably be a sprint finish and the last time I sprinted against Cavendish was at worlds in Copenhagen. He's very strong but he's not the only one."