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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 1 ITT
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Date: 5/8/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 1 ITT

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 1 ITT
SKY's the limit - Bradley Wiggins Pretty in Pink - Brit takes the opening stage and first maglia Rosa in Amsterdam

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Bradley Wiggins won the opening 8.4 km time trial/prologue of the 93rd edition of the tour of Italy covering the course complicated by narrow lanes and rain in a fast 48.932 kilometers an hour.

BMC Racing put two riders on the podium with Brent Bookwalter leading his team leader and World Champion Cadel Evans to the finish by a few hundredths of a second.

Alexandr Vinokourov of Astana and HTC/Columbia's fast man Greg Henderson filled out the top 5 also almost in a dead heat in that order.

Kiwi Henderson is off to a good start as the fastest sprinter on the course and on track for a shot to grab the pink jersey in the next two flat stages likely to end in sprints. Some sprinters like Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre/Farnese Vini picked their way taking no chances of a spill on a course run over narrow roads, tight turns and was complicated by sections of more than the usual numbers of slippery white pedestrian crossing paint and an almost constant drizzle that only stopped briefly mid race with the roads never fully dry during the competition. 

Stage 1; Saturday 8th May
Amsterdam Individual Time Trial  8.4 km

Milram rider, Matthias Russ first out of the gate set a time of 11:03 averaging 45.610 km/h. on the wet and technical parcours, not the fastest prologue course in recent history. Team mate Sebastien Lang followed taking the barrier to the 10:48.

 Andriy Grivko (Astana) raised the standard with a 10:31; but a battle of champions followed with Italian Marco Pinotti and World's Silver medalist Gustav Larsson of Saxo Bank dueling on the course Larsson set the first time bench mark on the course of 10:25 with the HTC/Columbia rider coming up second 2 seconds off the Swede.

raphic © 210 Gazzetta dello Sport

BMC Racing team's Brent Bookwalter set the next time barrier at 10:20, that for some time appeared to be an unassailable lead as some of the peloton's fastest men, came up short... he 26 year old looked to be on for his most prestigious win.

Out on the course another duel followed with Garmin's David Miller,  Liquigas' Ivan Basso SKY's Bradley Wiggins, Wiggins was  flying over the course finishing with the time to beat at 10:18  with  Miller coming up short at six seconds and the Liquigas leader Basso also short at 23. team mate Vincenzo Nibali  followed only ten seconds off the virtual maglia rosa Wiggins at ten seconds.

World Champion Cadel Evans followed closing in on Wiggins and Brookwalter finishing on top of Bookwalter's time to secure his inclusion on the podium. A great performance from the BMC squad in their first Giro appearance.

Stage 1 Results & General Classification
8.4 km - 10:18 -  48.932
1 Bradley Wiggins  Team SKY -  10:18
2 Brent Bookwalter  BMC Racing  - 0:02
3 Cadel Evans BMC Racing - 0:02

4 Alexandr Vinokourov Astana - 0:05
5. Greg Henderson  HTC/Columbia - 0:05
6 Richie Porte Saxo Bank - 0:05
7 David Miller Garmin/Transitions  - 0:06
8 Gustav Larsson  Saxo Bank 0:07
9  Jos Van Amden Rabobank  - 009
10 Marco Pinotti   HTC/Columbia - 0:09

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