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Team Sky have recorded their first stage victory in a Grand Tour at the very first opportunity, thanks to team leader Bradley Wiggins' blast around the streets of Amsterdam in the Giro d'Italia's opening Time Trial. Wiggins completed the 8.4km course in 10:18, two seconds ahead of BMC Racing's Brent Bookwalter who was joined on the podium by his team leader Cadel Evans who ran in a further two second back.Here are a selection of post stage comments and reactions.
Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins
On his victory:
"I was oblivious to anyone else and just did my own race. It was hard but I just went for it, especially in the corners. If you want to win it, you've got to commit 100 per cent, like a sprinter when they go for a sprint. For me it's beautiful to be wearing the pink jersey. It's iconic and one of the most special jerseys. To wear it means a lot to me and is a big honour."
"Itís an amazing feeling, to be honest. It was a really beautiful prologue with the amount of people on the road. Itís almost comparable to London in the Tour. Every couple of yards I would inhale someoneís cigarette smoke or smell their beer. It was a wall of sound."
Team Sky's Manager Dave Brailsford
On his team's first win in a Grand Tour:
"Bradley absolutely committed 100% and technically he rode it very, very well. I think it was in the corners where he really made the difference and came out a deserved winner. It's an absolutely brilliant day for us and is testimony to the work that the backroom staff do. It's all the setting up, the attention to detail, the planning - all of that which is hard to do but which all pays off if you take the time to do it properly."
Team Sky's Director Sportive Sean Yates
On the stage win:
"You couldn't ask for a better start. This is the first stage of Team Sky's first-ever Grand Tour and everything ran super-smoothly. Everybody knows Bradley is one of the world's best time triallers, so there was a lot of pressure on his shoulders at the start of the day, but he dealt with it all superbly and really came up with the goods."
Brent Bookwalter on his second place finish:
"It was a fairly technical, short violent effort, which I think suits me well. At least in the United States, I've always been pretty good in the five to 15 km distance. I'm not super tested at that distance over here. But I was motivated to do a good time for the team GC and also to do a good time so Cadel could get good time checks. It's really a pleasant surprise."
Cadel Evans on taking care in the wet:
"I rode quite conservatively in the corners because I didn't expect to be fighting for the win. Maybe if I had taken some risks, I might have cut a half a second off here or there. I'm really happy for Brent. It's a really good start for him and a great introduction into his first Grand Tour."
And from Cadel Evans' Giro diary:
"I was really impressed by team mate Brent (Bookwalter) setting the early best time of the day. Only Wiggins could better him! Good job, and thanks for getting the ball rolling for BMC's first Grand Tour. I had a decent ride, I went the more conservative way with wheel/tyre selection and cornering. We came to the same result in the end. Now we start thinking about the two upcoming road stages, easy on paper....not so in reality; Holland is a very bike friendly country, if you are commuting on a city bike. All the 'road furniture' is a diffent story in a peleton of 180 riders at 50km/h+."
Cervelo Test Team Leader Carlos Sastre
On his ride and the stages to come:
"This test has been really important for me and frankly, I'm feeling happy. Losing 25 seconds to a rider like Wiggins in a prologue like this one, which has been such a powerful stage, and being a few seconds behind important riders like Ivan Basso who will be my direct adversaries in the mountain stages, is a positive result. After so much time without many competitions to gauge my fitness level and with only the training series that I've done to guide me, I needed to know how I would do against my rivals.
"This Giro has begun with a spectacular prologue in Amsterdam. It was such a pretty route, the first part of which was pretty technical and the second part was pure power. The weather was so-so but I was lucky enough to ride on a practically dry road surface, which I think has definitely been an advantage to me. Now we have to focus on the race. We've got some busy and difficult stages tomorrow and the following day and now we need to recover and keep pushing forward in this Italian Giro."
LiquigasDoimo's Ivan Basso
On a satisfactory performance:
"I am satisfied with my result....I have contained my losses to some Time Trial specialists...This was only the beginning, my time will be when the road will begin to go up, but wanted to demonstrate the strength with which I face this Giro. I have had encouraging signs that gives motivation to me."
Team Milram's leader Linus Gerdeman
On his placing in the top 25:
"I felt good and am satisfied with the opener for the Giro. I didn't concentrate on the time trialing in my preparations for the race. Everything went well for me and I am optimistic in looking to the coming weeks."
And from Bradley Wiggins' Twitter feed...
"So job done, big thanks for all the kind messages, I'm humbled!"
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