Sunday, May 8, 2011

2011 Giro d'Italia, Stage 1




HTC Highroad won the first stage of the 94th Giro d’Italia. The winning team completed the time-trial in 20’59” at the average speed of 55,186 km/h. Team Radioshack was second in 21’09” and Liquigas – Cannondale team third in 21’21”.

Italian rider Marco Pinotti, crossing the finish line first, is the first Maglia Rosa Estathé at the Giro 2011. "It’s a great honor for me to wear the pink jersey. The victory, however, belongs to the whole team. I cannot thank the guys enough."

Marco Pinotti is a time trial specialist having won five Italian national championships in the "cronometro". He was born in Osio Sotto (Bergamo) in February, 1976; he turned professional in 1999. Pinotti has previously worn the the Maglia Rosa, in 2007 for four days.

It is estimated that there were more than 1 million spectators.

Stage 1 results:
1 HTC-Highroad 0:20:59
2 Team RadioShack 0:00:10
3 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:22
4 Omega Pharma-Lotto
5 Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:24
6 Lampre-ISD
7 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:26
8 Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:30
9 Sky Procycling 0:00:37
10 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
11 Movistar Team 0:00:38
12 Androni Giocattoli 0:00:39
13 BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
14 Leopard Trek 0:00:42
15 Quickstep Cycling Team
16 AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:49
17 Pro Team Astana 0:00:50
18 Geox-TMC 0:00:53
19 Colnago-CSF Inox 0:01:02
20 Katusha Team 0:01:04
21 Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli 0:01:07
22 Acqua & Sapone
23 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:13


Today's stage was 19th team time trial in the history of the Giro d’Italia. Here are the previous ones:

1937 – Viareggio - Marina di Massa di 60 km alla media oraria di 43,902 km/h (vincitrice LEGNANO);

1954 – Circuito Monte Pellegrino (Palermo) - km 36, media 42,942 km/h (BIANCHI);

1955 – Genova – Genova - km 18,4, media 46,674 km/h (TORPADO);

1956 – Genova – Genova - km 12, media 43,910 km/h (LEO – CHLORODONT);

1981 – Lignano – Bibione – km 15, media 51,282 km/h (HOONVED – BOTTECCHIA);

1982 – Milano - Milano – km 16, media 50,130 (RENAULT);

1983 – Brescia – Mantova – km 70, media 53,984 km/h (BIANCHI PIAGGIO);

1984 – Lucca – Marina di Pietrasanta – km 55, media 51,388 km/h (RENAULT);

1985 – Busto Arsizio – Milano – km 38, media 54,545 km/h (DEL TONGO – COLNAGO);

1986 – Catania – Taormina – km 50, media 46,260 km/h (DEL TONGO – COLNAGO);

1987 – Lerici – Lido di Camaiore – km 43, media 54,486 km/h (CARRERA);

1988 – Rodi Garganico – Vieste – km 40, media 47,524 km/h (DEL TONGO – COLNAGO);

1989 – Villafranca Tirrena – Messina – km 32,5, media 52,702 Km/h (ARIOSTEA);

2006 – Piacenza – Cremona – km 35, media 56,860 km/h (CSC);

2007 – Caprera – La Maddalena – km 25,6, media 45,670 km/h (LIQUIGAS);

2008 – Palermo – Palermo – km 23,6, media 53,366 km/h (SLIPSTREAM CHIPOLTE);

2009 – Lido di Venezia – km 20,5, media 56,336 km/h (TEAM COLUMBIA);

2010 – Savigliano – Cuneo – km 33, media 54,073 km/h (LIQUIGAS - DOIMO);

2011 – Venaria Reale – Torino – km 19,3, media 55,186 km/h (HTC – HIGHROAD)

The longest team time trial: 1983 the 70 km BRESCIA – MANTOVA.

The shortest team time trial: 1956 the 12 km GENOVA – GENOVA.

The fastest team time trial: 2006 PIACENZA – CREMONA at an average speed of 56.860 km/h.

Today's stage is a 244 km flat stage from Alba to Parma, expected to finish in a sprint finish.

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