Tuft said afterwards: "It's an amazing day. It started with a lot of stress, but this is a crazy way to celebrate your birthday. It is once in a lifetime for a guy like me. They [his team mates] gave me the gift [of crossing the line first] as a birthday present. I just feel really fortunate."
Martin, who had been targeting a place on the overall podium, lost control of his front wheel on a wet but straight and seemingly innocuous part of the 21.7km course, and subsequently brought down three Garmin Sharp team mates behind him.
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While Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma Quick Step) and Evans (BMC) both fared well and were separated by only two seconds, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost 50 seconds on Uran and, more significantly, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) lost a huge 1min 28sec.
GreenEdge win stage one team time trial
The day turned out to be a significant one in the general classification, as big gaps emerged between the pre race favourites for overall victory.
vocal crowds in spite of the at times heavy rain, and Tuft admitted the support had helped Orica GreenEdge.
He added: was truly impressive. I never expected to see that type of a crowd. The entire course was lined four or five deep, people wearing pink and screaming. Any time you have crowds on a climb and you can feel that energy. It a really special thing and pushes you on to the next level. Tuft said that the weather and road conditions had made the course dangerous and was not surprised to see Martin's Garmin Sharp team crash.
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real trick to the course today was the wind was never coming from one area, he explained. was always blustery and so it made for quite a difficult time as a nine man group on narrow corners. It makes for quite a dangerous course. You can never overlap wheels. As we saw with Converse Shoes Sale Garmin, you have one mistake and you really Converse Red Low
There was no such agony for Canadian rider Tuft, who celebrated his 37th birthday by crossing the line first as Orica GreenEdge defied rainy conditions to complete the route in an unbeaten time of 24min 42sec.
Tuft elatedTheir mark was five seconds faster than runners up Omega Pharma Quick Step and seven seconds quicker than third placed BMC.
d'Italia on the opening day as Orica GreenEdge won stage one's team time trial in Belfast to put Svein Tuft into the leader pink jersey.
While the other three were able to remount and finish, Martin immediately clutched his shoulder and was left sitting on the ground for several minutes receiving treatment. He did not finish the stage and it was later confirmed that he had broken his collarbone.
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