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Cavendish takes Tirreno lead as Omega wins TTT

Mark Cavendish takes lead as Omega Pharma wins team time trial to open Tirreno-Adriatico

Cavendish takes Tirreno lead as Omega wins TTT

SAN VINCENZO, Italy (AP) -- British sprinter Mark Cavendish took the overall lead when his Omega Pharma-Quick Step won a team time trial Wednesday to open the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race.

Omega clocked 20 minutes, 13 seconds over the 18.5-kilometer (11.5-mile) route from Donoratico to San Vincenzo.

It was an identical start from last year, when Cavendish also took the lead with an Omega win.

Three-time time trial world champion Tony Martin was again the main engine behind Omega's success, which should benefit Michal Kwiatkowski and Rigoberto Uran, who are aiming for the overall win.

Orica Greenedge finished second, 11 seconds behind, and Movistar -- featuring Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana -- was third, 18 seconds behind.

Alberto Contador's Tinkoff Saxo placed fourth, 24 seconds behind. Bradley Wiggins' Sky was sixth, 27 seconds behind.

Updated : 2021-07-27 16:02 GMT+08:00