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Orica wins TTT in Belfast on opening day of Giro
Orica wins team time trial on opening day of Giro d'Italia as Tuft takes lead on his birthday
Associated Press
2014-05-10 03:22 AM

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Canadian Svein Tuft powered Orica Green-Edge to victory in the team time trial in Belfast in the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday, taking the overall leader's pink jersey on his 37th birthday.

Orica, which was the overwhelming stage favorite, clocked a time of 24 minutes, 42 seconds along the 21.7-kilometer (13.5-mile) course, which was lined by more than 140,000 fans.

The Australian team benefited from starting second and avoiding most of the rain that fell later.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep finished second, five seconds behind Orica, beating third-place BMC by just two seconds. Cadel Evans looked strong for BMC and is one of the favorites after last year's third-place finish.

Irish cyclist Dan Martin's Giro could be over after a crash left him with a suspected broken collarbone.

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