Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1 TTT

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Afternoon all. @aidanleape here to bring you coverage of Stage 1 of this years Tirreno-Adriatico. It's a Team Time Trial, so we'll see all the big boys on their bikes today as they battle to take the early lead over this 21.5km course in Lido di Camaiore, which appears to be a lovely coastal town in Northern Italy. Grab me a deckchair and some vino and lets do this.

Like I say, all the big men are here. Chris Froome, Fabio Aru, Tom Dumoulin, Mikel Landa, Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet head a strong GC lineup. It's not just for the leaders though, we've got a couple of sprinters knocking around, most excitingly Mark Cavendish, a man who is always popular around these parts.

Movistar about to roll down the ramp to begin their run. Their team consists: Mikel Landa Andrey Amador Jorge Arcas Daniele Bennati Nelson Oliveira Jaime Roson Jasha Sutterlin

So as they set off onto the road, lets take a look at today's route. I'm going to be honest, it doesn't look like a thriller. Flat as a pancake. Simple as biscuits.

And here's the profile for what it's worth. It's not really worth much.

I think these are the first teams off, but I canny tell you, because the website for Tirreno-Adriatico is shockingly bad. Sky next to lope down this slick blue ramp. They go with: Christopher Froome Jonathan Castroviejo Vasil Kiryienka Michal Kwiatkowski Gianni Moscon Salvatore Puccio Geraint Thomas Strong lineup that, and they're ripping it off the ramp. Froome momentarily disengaged

Movistar and Sky rattling along the roads then. TV obviously concentrating on Chris Froome. He's been asked whether he should even be on this race. We've heard that all before, and at this point, I really cannot be arsed to throw my hat in the ring. It's just an unholy mess isn't it...

Anyway, enough of that. More teams getting underway. AG2R La Mondial are of and away. Their seven are: Romain Bardet Julien Duval Mathias Frank Alexandre Geniez Alexis Gougeard Matteo Montaguti Clément Venturini

Not really much to say until we have some split times. I still can't find any live timing anywhere. All sounds a bit negative. On the positive side, there has just been a lovely advert for Slovakia. I think it was just an advert for it as a concept.

We've missed Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa OV coming off the ramp. Not even joking. That's a thing. Carlton on TV tells me that there is no intermediate timing whatsoever today, so enjoy me babbling on for 2 hours telling you only finishing times... Anyway, NVFEO go with this lot: Damiano Cunego Marco Canola Nicola Bagioli Eduard Michael Grosu Sho Hatsuyama Simone Ponzi Ivan Santaromita