Philip Deignan’s Team Sky open Giro d’Italia well on nightmare day for Dan Martin

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Philip Deignan’s Team Sky open Giro d’Italia well on nightmare day for Dan Martin
Philip Deignan and his Team Sky finished the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia in fifth place following the team time trial in Belfast.

Philip Deignan and his Team Sky finished the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia in fifth place following the team time trial in Belfast.

The Letterkenny native and his team produced a battling second half to the 21.7km course to come in 35 seconds behind the winners, Australian team Orica GreenEdge, who posted a time of 24 minutes 42 seconds.

Second placed Omega Pharma-QuickStep were five seconds off the stage winners, with BMC a further two seconds further back. Tinkoff-Saxo, featuring Ireland’s Nicolas Roche, came fourth of the 22 teams with a time of 25 minutes and five seconds, some 12 seconds in front of Team Sky.

The stage ended with Langley’s Svein Tuftof Canada taking the plaudits. Orica-GreenEdge, featuring six Australian riders, allowed Tuft to cross the line first on his 37th birthday, meaning he claims the event’s famed pink leader’s jersey, the maglia rosa.

Stage One saw immense disappointment for Ireland’s Dan Martin, who crashed out on the slippery conditions and suffered a broken collarbone.

Martin, a nephew of 1987 Giro winner Stephen Roche, fell and took down three of his Garmin-Sharp teammates, with the trio eventually remounting to finish the stage in last place.

Birmingham-born Martin, who won a stage in last year’s Tour de France, was taken to hospital immediately. His race lasted less than 15 minutes and the withdrawal will be a massive disappointment as he had said in the lead-up to the Giro his year was planned around the event.

Tomorrow, the peloton take on the 218km stage that starts and finishes in Belfast, before Sunday’s Stage Three goes 187km from Armagh down to Dublin. The race then resumes in Italy on Tuesday.

Giro d’Italia stage 1 results and team general classification

1 Orica Greenedge 0:24:42

2 Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:05

3 BMC 0:00:07

4 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:23

5 Team Sky 0:00:35

6 Astana 0:00:38

7 Cannondale 0:00:53

8 Movistar Team 0:00:55

9 Giant-Shimano 0:00:56

10 Ag2r-La Mondiale 0:00:58

11 Trek Factory Racing 0:01:00

12 Belkin 0:01:01

13 Neri Sottoli 0:01:01

14 Bardiani-CSF 0:01:07

15 Androni Giocattoli 0:01:14

16 FDJ.fr 0:01:18

17 Lampre-Merida 0:01:20

18 Colombia 0:01:22

19 Katusha 0:01:33

20 Lotto Belisol 0:01:34

21 Europcar 0:01:48

22 Garmin-Sharp 0:03:26