09/05/2014 Giro d'Italia 2014


09/05/2014

Live coverage of the opening Team Time Trial as the prestigious Giro d'Italia 2014 starts in Belfast. Presented by Jill Douglas.


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Belfast has been transformed into ACL glee and pink. Every statue,

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building, almost everyone, proudly showing the colours of the Giro

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D'Italia. We are bringing you live coverage of each of the three stages

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when the race is in Ireland. Here, on BBC Northern Ireland, starting

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with tonight's team time trial. Welcome to the centre of Belfast

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where in the shadow of the magnificent City Hall, we will bear

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witness of the finished the opening two stages. Alongside me, to share

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the colour and atmosphere, one of the greatest ever cyclists to come

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out of this part of the world, Michael Hutchinson. It is fitting

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that he is with us as he is a time trial specialist. The buzz has been

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extraordinary. So many people. Such atmosphere, such pleasure. You grew

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up on the streets, riding your bike. Did you ever believe that you would

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see something like this, grand tour coming to Belfast. What would it

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mean to Northern Ireland? It is extraordinary. It feels as if

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someone has delivered the world's second greatest cycle race to the

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wrong place. It feels like it does not belong here but it is so

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positive for cycling as a sport and a past time, as a hobby. It has got

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everyone so excited about it. Everyone is talking about bikes and

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riding bikes. A wonderful crowd on the streets already. Kevin Andrews

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is amongst them. We are on the finish line. The

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riders will come past us. Some fans have been waiting all day. The

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photographers are ready. Some of the riders are coming past. There is a

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great seat up there if you want it. Over the evening, we will hear from

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some of the riders and hopefully some local celebrities. The only bad

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thing is the weather. I think everybody in Belfast is aware of the

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scale of the event. Over the last few days, thousands of come into the

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city. We have had the teams and their entourage, hundreds of media

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covering this race. It will be broadcast to 175 countries around

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the world. For anybody unsure of the race's significance, you is an

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overview. -- here is. The Giro D'Italia is one

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of cycling's three grand tours. They each take three weeks and run over

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21 stages. There are 22 teams with nine riders in each team. The winner

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of the race is a writer with the lowest aggregate time for completing

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all stages. Throughout the race, the currently dirt where is the famous

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pink jersey, one of the most iconic emblems in world sport. The nine

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riders do different jobs. Each team will have a leader, the best

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all-round rider Michael will try to win the overall race. The others

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help the leader by carrying food and drink, shielding him from the wind,

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so that he can conserve energy. The overall race is won by someone who

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can do a bit of everything, covering breaks, time trialling, and riding

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in high mountains. But other specialists compete for stage wins,

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in high mountains. But other a stages element of every grand

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tour. Each stage is different. The latter stages are won by sprinters.

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Every team will have one of these, an expose of rider protected by his

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team-mates until a few hundred yards from the finish when he will be

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unleashed to sprint against the other fast men trying to win the

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stage. The sprinters compete for their own jersey, won by the rider

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who has picked up the most sprint points. The best mountain climber

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also has a jersey, a blue jersey, to fight for.

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also has a jersey, a blue jersey, to fight Electively, the 198 riders are

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known as the peloton and they are bunched together on the road. Expect

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to see the race favourites tucked away in there safely for most of the

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stages. On each stage, a small group of riders will race away early from

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the peloton, forming a breakaway. They will try to stay clear for the

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race but the collective strength will usually catch them before the

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end. Since the race was conceived in 1909 as a means of promoting

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Italy's famous pink sports newspaper, it has become a true icon

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of world sport. It attracts the very best cyclists in the world and a

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global television audience of around 690 and people. Each year, the race

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covers a different route and every other year, it starts outside of

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Italy. This is the first time it has ever started outside continental

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Europe. That is the trophy the winner will

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left on the 1st of June after 3500 kilometres of racing. Vincenzo

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Nobilo lifted at last year but he is not here this year. We have a

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stellar cast list, though. Unfortunately, we do not have

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Vincenzo Nibali, but we have horrific riders. We have three Irish

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riders who got a fantastic reception for the team presentation last

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night. Ben Swift is the only British rider. We have a lot of terrific

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talent here. Some of the best names in cycling. And the favourite, Nairo

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Quintana, the Colombian, such a star last year. He was a real revelation

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of the Tour de France last year. He took the most of his chance. He

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wrote aggressively, even for a Colombian. Time trialling is not

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usually good for Colombians but he is really a hot favourite. And such

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a popular character. Very much so. He is a smart, interesting guy. I

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think he is pretty popular. What about the big Spanish challenge?

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Joaquim Rodriguez. 35 on Monday. Ten years older than Ken Tanner, but

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certainly he will fancy his chances. He was third last year, so here's

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part of that quality of riders that are here. But last year, he was very

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much a following rider. He was not aggressive and he did not attack. If

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he wants to take this, he will have to take the race by the scruff of

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its neck. We do not have a Chris Froome, last year's Tour de France

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winner, he is building up to the tour and choosing not to write.

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Bradley Wiggins is in California, and Mark Cavendish is not here

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either, he is in California. But one of the big names we have, Cadel

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Evans of Australia, writing for PMC. He is a popular writer. He won

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the tour in 2011 but he is 37 now, even older than Rodriguez. But he

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has been extraordinarily well this spring. He is in good form. I think

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he is someone you would not want to overlook at the age of 37. He

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probably has the strongest team in the race behind him. And some things

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improve with age. Absolutely. We say that you cannot win the Giro

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D'Italia in the opening days, but you do not want to lose it here.

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Before the race is finished, maybe one of the GC contenders will have a

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bad time. Obviously, the streets are slippery and it is not impossible

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that you could get a crash around the corner. You could have a -- it

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could have an influence on the outcome. You mentioned the Irish

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riders taking part. Who has the best chance, do you think, in the general

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race? It would began Martin. At the minute. -- B Dan Martin. The team

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and not decided on a single leader yet. Dan would be one of the guys in

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that team who might be able to take on the leaders role. If he does, he

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would have a good chance of an overall result. Let's skip to the

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first stage of the Giro D'Italia. 22 teams in the race, each racing

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against the clock. They go off at five minute intervals around the

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course of 27, trips. Time trialling is a specialist discipline. And

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Michael is one of the best in the business.

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It is the simplest by grace. One rider, one machine, against the

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clock. It has been called the race of truth for 100 years, because that

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is what it is. -- bike race. In 18 time trial, each team races

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alongside. The riders take turns in setting the pace. The time is taken

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from the fifth rider across the line.

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The art of time trialling is feeling the edge of what you can do and what

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you cannot. You have to learn to do that. It is about riders who can

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produce a high level of output for a long time. They can settle down to a

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strong rhythm and write fast. The position is different. The bike is

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lower, more compact. You are not as agile. It is for going very fast, in

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straight lines. It is about getting low and narrow. You will see time

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trialists would narrow shoulders and low heads, captain as compact as

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they can get. It is the simplest possible by grace with the least

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amount of technology. You were a skin suit for time trialling, which

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will probably save you a couple of seconds a mile. If you were an

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aerodynamic helmet, it will save you as much as a second. You will wear

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rubber shoes over normal cycling shoes, which will save you another

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second. It all adds up. It is for geeks with heart. If you watch a guy

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coming in on the final corner, he knows his numbers to four decimal

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places. But he is having to dig deep. And that is the joy of a time

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trial. You get a lot for your money if you were at the side of the road

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watching the time trial. Of course, you are seeing a team come through

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every five minutes. But it is a very specialised discipline. And you can

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tell, even to the uneducated eye, if a team is going well, and when

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things are not going well, because it is like watching a team shoot in

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the velodrome. If they are in formation, you can tell that they

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are getting the most out of it. You can see from the tight formations,

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who is getting it right and wrong. And it is critical. Because you are

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right on the edge. But because you are riding with others, if you push

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to deep, you can not slow down. Some of the riders here will be writing

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for the first time at a big event because it is not that common a

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discipline. It is specialised. And we have seen the teams out earlier

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today when the roads were closed, practising formation. But as you

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say, many of these riders, certainly those in their first tour, at

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perhaps not written in these trials before. -- have perhaps not written.

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They are relatively inexperienced, some of the teams. For them, it is a

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learning experience to come and ride around a city circuit, which is

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always a little bit technical. And possibly for one of the first time

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trials of their career. Talking of inexperience, the team from Colombia

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were making history to date, rolling down the start ramp in the Titanic

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Quarter. This is the nine riders. The first time that the Giro

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D'Italia has taken place outside of continental Europe. Magnificent

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scenes there. Huge crowds. We have teams that riding these tours, but

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this is a national team from Colombia, to bring on young riders.

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What a reception for them. A fantastic reception. Connolly are a

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well represented nation. It is great that they are using an event like

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this to bring on younger riders. Very positive for global cycling.

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And Kim Tanner, leading from the front, inspired by him we have many

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other riders. Some of them have a great chance. Tashkent Hannah. He

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deftly has a chance at this race. -- he definitely. Huge effort goes in

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to putting the bikes on the road. A huge effort went into securing this

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great race. We have been taking a look behind the scenes and some of

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the elements that go into racing and some of the hardest working members

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in the backstage of Team Sky. This is Gary, the chief mechanic. Is this

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where the hard work is done? This is where we keep the equipment and bike

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checks are done inside here in the comfort of our truck. We have good

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lighting here so we can work late at night. Currently I am working on Ben

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Swift's time trial bike and double checking the measurements. This is

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his spare time trial bike. We have measurements of the race TT and now

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we are duplicating with this device here. The drawer are full of

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equipment. We are stay on the road for over a month. Four mechanics on

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a Grand Tour and then we have 27 race bikes that need to be checked

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on a daily basis and washed every day. And each rider has two time

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trial bikes. It's additional 18 bikes there. During a day we start

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about 6. 30am and end between 11.00 and 12 at night for three weeks. You

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do have rest days but there's no rest days for the mechanics. Then we

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have a chance to really check all the equipment properly. And change

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the tyres and so forth. Do the riders like to tinker with the bikes

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or do they put their trust in you? They put their trust in us. Some are

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more precise than others. You have a rider, let's say Ben Swift, that is

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very particular about the sad saddle height. For instance, 77. 2.

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Yesterday's bike was 77. 3 and he came back and said it feels too

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high. Riders will feel the last millimetre. It's important that we

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are precise. Therefore, we have a measuring to duplicate the bikes as

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accurate as possible. The technology, there is electronics in

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this? Battery here on the frame. You have cables running through. They

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can shift on the extensions. They can shift on the handlebars.

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Everything is fully electronic. The gears, two buttons here. This will

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work the rear, in a time trial in position you will stay and only need

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to change gears in the rear. The aim is to hide all the cables for

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aerodynamic purposes. We are passionate about it and we all

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strive to achieve the best we can. Everybody puts in 100%. The riders

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do, the staff do. Unlike the riders you can have a pint in the evening.

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Yes, not every day, but yes. It's not good for us, we are not

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exercising, so can't drink too much. I love hearing about the attention

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to detail and Ben Swift being able to sense a millimetre of difference

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in the saddle. Is your chair the right height tonight? It's finely

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tuned. It would slow him down. They have to get these things right. A

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team like Sky goes through everything. Even to the extent they

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take riders pillows to the hotels so they have their own personal pillow.

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Everything is looked at. Don't you always take your own pillow?

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Absolutely, yes. Let's look at some of the riders and teams back. The

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race started earlier today. We saw Colombia. Orica Greenedge are very

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much one of the favourites, mainly made up of Australians, there is an

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Italian in that team. But a strong team time trial.

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This is them coming home in a time of 24. 42. Tremendous.

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Let's look at Katusha. A little disappointing. Their time was behind

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obviously, 26. 15. A slow time. I wonder if that's because the

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conditions were deteriorating? Yeah, conditions have got worse. Orica got

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around most of the course on the dry and around the technical sections at

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the beginning in the dry. Strong ride there. Let's get to the live

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action now to see what's happening out on the road. We can join our

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commentary team Dan loid and Carlton Kirby. -- Lloyd.

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OK, this looks like Trek coming through. There is Team Sky on the

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course now, looking professional indeed. There is the standings at

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the moment. This is Team Sky. Looking very well.

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In formation and they are out on the course. Looks like a bit of dry road

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at this stage. It's clearly dry at the minute where they are. Team Sky

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will take this seriously. They probably on this occasion don't have

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the strongest possible team. They've a lot of climbers in the team for

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the end of the Tour. That's Christopher Sutton at the back. He

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was drafted in to this team after Pete Kennaugh had to drop out. They

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lost Ritchie Port who was going to be their overall contender and a

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week after they lost Peter Kennaugh. They brought Chris in. They're on

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the hunt for stage wins. They don't really have an overall prospect.

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We should mention Philip Deignan, the Irishman, an Ulsterman but

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brought up in Letterkenny, I understand. He is 30 years old. He

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has been around a few years. He has ridden in big races before. He will

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be relishing this opportunity. It's marvellous to do this kind of event

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in what is your home country. A lot of riders from Ireland never get a

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chance to ride something like this here. He will be hoping to show well

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on the Irish stages. here. He will be hoping to show well

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We saw the mechanics with the guys looking at the bikes before the race

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in the build-up to this. Gavin was allowed in to see some of that

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cutting edge technology and you yourself said looking at team time

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trialing you are looking for minute differences that can make all the

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difference when it comes to getting the best time on the road. Time

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trialing is a very critical discipline and team trialing even

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more so. They're looking for every margin they can get. And trying to

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keep it a tight formation heading into Stormont. Tease them taking the

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drag up to Stormont. Philip Deignan there. This drag up to Stormont, the

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driveway there, this is a very flat profile, the route, the 21. 7

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kilometres up to that iconic building. It's a slow drag up. If

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there is a climb on this time trial course it's there. Well, it's not

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that slow. It's reasonably steep but it's short. It's the kind of thing

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that isn't going to trouble these riders. Possibly if the climb had

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been nearer the end of the course maybe it would have caused more

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trouble but it's not going to be an enormous problem for them. But it is

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a reasonable climb. Look at these crowds there. They've been building

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all day. Thousands of people have been coming in and getting their

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places. There is one of these wonderful characters running

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alongside the bikes as we have grown to love on these Grand Tours.

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Thousands are going to be making their way there all day. Earlier

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today our reporter Gavin was up there trying to get a sense of the

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occasion. As you can see it's bouncing in the

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grounds of Stormont, these kids aren't going to be annoying in a

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couple of hours! Lovely. You are in charge of this madness. What's going

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on this evening? Well, obviously we are here to support the Giro. The

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cycling club will have hundreds of friends and supporters and club

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members to celebrate the Giro. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for

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us. Our club colours have always been pink when the club was formed.

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This is in honour of the race coming here, it's a fantastic day for the

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club and country. Talk us through the outfit. Pink shoes, socks,

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trousers, T-shirt, wig, do I need to go on? No thanks. You have left

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yourself-respect at the door this morning. -- yourself-respect at the

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door this morning. I am worried about my hair. We will get that

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straightened. That's Belkin, just finished in 5th

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place. That's the team from the Netherlands. They've had mixed

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conditions on the roads. Dry at times, but that wind and the rain

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just breaking in to the course. The weather certainly playing a role

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this evening. It's a lot of wind on the course. It's going to disrupt

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things particularly on the more exposed sections near the start.

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It's wet roads towards the end of the course. Sky - one of the Sky

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riders off the back of the string. That looks like Chris Sutton off the

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back of Team Sky. I think he's probably been overextended, probably

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pushed too hard. They're getting to the second half of the ride. They

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will start to shed one or two riders. The time is taken on the 5th

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rider home. You might as well use them and drop them, no point in

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bringing all nine riders home if you don't need them. It's the first five

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riders, five in the team, that's the time given to the team? The team's

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time is taken on the 5th rider. Any riders who don't make it home in

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that five will get the time they got on their own. If you are dropped by

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the team you can lose time overall on the team time trial. It's why the

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top teams will be careful to make sure they get all of their

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contenders home. For instance, Katusha will be making sure

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Rodriguez gets home. This is one of the five Italian

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teams in the race. They'll be well supported when they hit continental

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Europe. For the Italian teams it's the biggest race of the year. In

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Italy, try telling anyone this is the second biggest race in the

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world. For the Italians this is the biggest event of their year. It's

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important for them to perform at the top level in their home tour. A lot

:26:55.:26:57.

of communication between the riders out on the road. They're also

:26:58.:27:01.

communicating with the team cars following them who support them.

:27:02.:27:05.

Clearly an issue there. Communication in a team time trial

:27:06.:27:09.

is critical. If you are struggling you do have to explain you are

:27:10.:27:14.

struggling. Clearly this is one of the important riders who has been

:27:15.:27:20.

dropped and they're wait waiting for him. That's why they've the five

:27:21.:27:27.

riders to get home and you need all your stars in those five. If

:27:28.:27:30.

somebody gets dropped and there is a lack of communication you end up

:27:31.:27:33.

with a problem because someone is off the back and somebody at the

:27:34.:27:46.

front doesn't know. It will be Europcar next, I think. One of the

:27:47.:27:50.

French teams. We are back on Team Sky. A team who have enjoyed

:27:51.:27:55.

phenomenal success in the short time of their existence. Yeah, they are

:27:56.:28:01.

sort of the commercial art reach of the GB track programme. They've

:28:02.:28:05.

brought attention to detail that they had across to men's

:28:06.:28:10.

professional road racing. And they've done extraordinarily well.

:28:11.:28:18.

Only a few seasons' old now. They've done strongly, performed strongly in

:28:19.:28:21.

nearly all the Grand Tours they've done. Their rate of progress has

:28:22.:28:26.

been nothing sort of -- short of phenomenal. A well-drilled team, as

:28:27.:28:35.

well. You see them. This is Cannondale up towards Stormont.

:28:36.:28:41.

They're out of the saddle pushing hard. They're attacking this. They

:28:42.:28:45.

have to be careful not to drop is somebody off the back. You could put

:28:46.:28:54.

distance, if one of their star riders drops off the back it can

:28:55.:28:57.

create a problem. Once you are out of the string it's almost impossible

:28:58.:29:02.

to get back in because it will be one of you against eight of them.

:29:03.:29:21.

Here they are, they're off the ramp right now. Let's hope they go

:29:22.:29:26.

safely. Also a handy squad.

:29:27.:29:35.

Appollonio is their spinter. -- sprinter.

:29:36.:29:43.

If they go well and it's drying off now favouring these late running

:29:44.:29:51.

teams they can go well. This is a team who should go well and haven't,

:29:52.:30:06.

Europcar. In the first time check. -- they were way down at the first

:30:07.:30:12.

time check. They're not going to be setting the race alike. In fact, I'm

:30:13.:30:18.

not sure what they will be lighting today. It is not grateful at all for

:30:19.:30:29.

peer Holland. As far as the title is concerned, he may as well be

:30:30.:30:35.

standing there waving it goodbye. As the crowd screamed them on, a

:30:36.:30:38.

terrific atmosphere in Belfast. Not a terrific performance by team

:30:39.:30:48.

Europe car. 10th of ten. That is a lot of time

:30:49.:31:00.

to lose, two minutes. You can see all the disarray among this French

:31:01.:31:07.

team. And nobody wanted to talk after the line. Eyes down. They know

:31:08.:31:16.

that that was bad. It cannot get much worse, they are last at the

:31:17.:31:21.

moment. Colombia will be doing a rain dance next time. Right now,

:31:22.:31:30.

Orica-GreenEdge is about everybody. And Tinkoff-Saxo, and Nicole

:31:31.:31:38.

Roesch, that is fantastic. -- eggless Roesch. A big difference

:31:39.:31:46.

between Tinkoff-Saxo and Movistar. You would expect Movistar to have

:31:47.:31:50.

dominated. I think we have already seen it several times. Tinkoff-Saxo

:31:51.:31:55.

have benefited from the dry conditions. Cannondale having

:31:56.:32:02.

another nightmare time. They came through the time check 47 seconds

:32:03.:32:07.

down. There was only one team worse than that, and we saw them a moment

:32:08.:32:11.

ago. That is the same corner. A dicey moment. They could probably do

:32:12.:32:20.

with amending that. I've already mentioned that they have looked at

:32:21.:32:24.

the course multiple times but it is always different when you come in to

:32:25.:32:28.

race. The conditions, not only, but when you are at race pace, and the

:32:29.:32:33.

skin suits are on, and the adrenaline is going, you come into

:32:34.:32:38.

everything quicker than when you are training. It can take you by

:32:39.:32:42.

surprise, especially if the road is wet. Team Sky, taking one of the

:32:43.:32:57.

turns to the end... This is the first of the jurors in Belfast. --

:32:58.:33:06.

tours. Sky approaching the end of their run. Doing a good job between

:33:07.:33:10.

the first and second test. Ninth place at the moment. Six seconds

:33:11.:33:19.

down on the leaders. That is the negative split that we were talking

:33:20.:33:23.

about. Giant Shimano will be all about power. Their leader is a big

:33:24.:33:30.

unit. He is also desperately good-looking. But not a great time.

:33:31.:33:37.

I've thought you were going to say that I could not say that! The man

:33:38.:33:43.

is a God. And his fan base is huge. But as you shall say, this is not

:33:44.:33:49.

brilliant. We thought the power would deliver but we think the

:33:50.:33:52.

Skrtel resurface, still wet but drying, has found them out. Marcel

:33:53.:33:59.

will not be bothered. Simon may be going for a half decent time trial.

:34:00.:34:06.

But he cannot do it for everyone. Five second is the deficit for Giant

:34:07.:34:12.

Shimano. Another team not going to threaten the leaders. One of my

:34:13.:34:19.

favourite teams, from Venezuela. Why is it my favourite? Courtesy of

:34:20.:34:27.

Gianni Savio. Because the Prince. -- they call him the Prince. It is hard

:34:28.:34:31.

to say what he looks like until you see him. Imagine a 60s game show

:34:32.:34:37.

host and you have kind of got it. He is a hell of a character. He has

:34:38.:34:42.

signed up some great riders. You might say somewhat questionable but

:34:43.:34:48.

that may be unfair. Johnny hooter land on board, who you may remember

:34:49.:35:01.

nudging into the riders upfront. He is out there, on the course. Plenty

:35:02.:35:08.

of stitches. Lampre-Merida do not look like they have taken too much.

:35:09.:35:14.

26. And they are looking at each other. At least they have broken 50,

:35:15.:35:25.

but 20 down. And that goes to show how bad the conditions are.

:35:26.:35:30.

Lampre-Merida, despite their troubles and waiting for their

:35:31.:35:33.

leader, based ill beat the Russian team by 13 seconds. A really poor

:35:34.:35:42.

start for Rodriguez. I wonder what the issue was today. We will find

:35:43.:35:48.

out. I was about to speculate whether even tyre pressure would

:35:49.:35:53.

have been an issue. I'm not looking to blame anyone but they have had a

:35:54.:35:57.

lousy run. Orica-GreenEdge, on the other hand, brilliant. But they were

:35:58.:36:01.

blessed with an early run on changeable conditions. The road is

:36:02.:36:06.

still damp and giant Shimano do not look too happy. And just look at

:36:07.:36:15.

their protected rider's size. He is a powerhouse when it comes to

:36:16.:36:19.

sprinting and he is the man to beat at the moment. He is head and

:36:20.:36:28.

shoulders of many of the sprinters in the world. He has had the better

:36:29.:36:35.

of Mark Cavendish this year twice. He could become part of a select

:36:36.:36:47.

group of riders, kettle. -- Kittel. He is a tall man. Probably about six

:36:48.:36:53.

foot four. Him and Taylor Finney standing next to one another, they

:36:54.:37:04.

are in the clouds. Ag2r are on the up into their run, approaching the

:37:05.:37:11.

eight minute mark. Their number 11 man, he has some good grounds to

:37:12.:37:19.

credentials. I expect he might well do very well here. But it comes down

:37:20.:37:24.

to this as well. If you were going to get yourself into a position of

:37:25.:37:29.

advantage, why not grab it is today? We have a great course here, and

:37:30.:37:35.

Sky, for example, have had some very dry sections. This could play into

:37:36.:37:47.

the hands of teens like BMC Racing. It will be about 12 minutes before

:37:48.:38:00.

they hit our screens. You know what we were saying about management,

:38:01.:38:06.

Team Sky are such good leaders. They knew what they had to do today. And

:38:07.:38:10.

that was produce a smooth and efficient performance. It looks like

:38:11.:38:17.

the more ragged, to say the least, with team Cannondale. They do not

:38:18.:38:22.

look like they are 18. It is a section of individuals. -- they are

:38:23.:38:30.

a team. Like Team Sky, they have not done too badly between the first and

:38:31.:38:45.

second checks. They were way down. About 17 seconds down, on Team Sky,

:38:46.:38:52.

who we see approaching the finish. The Norwegian rider, leading the

:38:53.:38:59.

Team end. Last year, his contract was spoken about ending, so he will

:39:00.:39:02.

look to do very well over the next few weeks. This is a very good time.

:39:03.:39:11.

Team Sky had some rain. But Tinkoff-Saxo are their target. I do

:39:12.:39:14.

not think they will get quite there but they have done a superb run.

:39:15.:39:23.

They started off in the rain, and Dorothy Greenidge were blessed with

:39:24.:39:27.

better conditions. It is drying up now and we will start to see better

:39:28.:39:31.

runs. They are going to beat Movistar's time. 51.4 kilometres per

:39:32.:39:40.

hour. They were not the quickest in the first part of because. We were

:39:41.:39:44.

talking about negative splits. That was perfectly executed. I think the

:39:45.:39:50.

put together an impressive ride. They started with wet roads. To only

:39:51.:39:57.

concede 30 seconds, I think that is a job well done for the British

:39:58.:40:07.

want. Only 12 seconds behind Saxone. -- Tindell Saxone.

:40:08.:40:16.

That puts Team Sky in third place, possibly with the worst of the

:40:17.:40:23.

conditions of the main contenders. That is an impressive ride. Slippery

:40:24.:40:29.

roads, and not a Team that is really set up with a view to the time

:40:30.:40:34.

trial. If you look at the other teams, some of them have been

:40:35.:40:37.

targeting this event from the beginning, so they have a group of

:40:38.:40:42.

climbers. And Team Sky, have done a good Team trial, but that is

:40:43.:40:46.

something they have clearly taken seriously. They have done the best

:40:47.:40:51.

they can. Tomorrow, it will be interesting to see who will be

:40:52.:40:54.

wearing the pink jersey when they take on the second stage. At the

:40:55.:41:00.

moment, it looks like the Orica-GreenEdge Team contained the

:41:01.:41:06.

likely candidate. They have been preparing for this for some time.

:41:07.:41:16.

Ballamoney is home to the biggest fan of two. We have prepared a Tiger

:41:17.:41:28.

alley, where we are commemorating the greatest cyclists. We're doing a

:41:29.:41:35.

family fun day. We will have a raw deal boule, a bouncy castle, tents,

:41:36.:41:41.

this will be the place to be. You are really up for this! I am in. I

:41:42.:41:45.

am so excited! As a real enthusiast, what does this

:41:46.:42:05.

mean to you? I'm over 50 and have dreamt all my life of seeing this.

:42:06.:42:10.

To have it on my doorstep in Ballamoney, it is awesome.

:42:11.:42:16.

Meanwhile, at the castle, The MacDonald clan are welcoming the

:42:17.:42:41.

Giro D'Italia to the Causeway Coast. We will grant them safe passage. We

:42:42.:42:45.

have set up five horse riding events at Ballamoney because it is part of

:42:46.:42:50.

the territory. The theme is that all of the horse riders are escorting

:42:51.:42:56.

the Giro D'Italia cyclists passed each of the castles and monuments.

:42:57.:43:03.

As for the pink horrors... Will it not distract the cyclists? Good

:43:04.:43:10.

question, good question. But pretty girls always the -- attracted the

:43:11.:43:21.

fellas. It is great writing it pink horse. Why have to be fast enough to

:43:22.:43:27.

beat the cyclists. I will try. -- I have to be.

:43:28.:43:34.

So there will be ponies and parties right around the north coast but

:43:35.:43:39.

this could be the place to be to watch the racing on Saturday. The

:43:40.:43:45.

hills on the route, and as you can see, it might slow the riders down.

:43:46.:43:50.

But do you know what we could do without? This.

:43:51.:44:01.

The one thing you can't control is the weather. The Giro d'Italia is no

:44:02.:44:07.

stranger to bad weather. Last year the riders faced horrific

:44:08.:44:11.

conditions. It was Armageddon last year, much worse than anything

:44:12.:44:13.

they're going to see in Northern Ireland. It's amused me this year,

:44:14.:44:17.

all the riders and team directors talking about the weather in

:44:18.:44:21.

Northern Ireland, the weather and the rain. Whatever they get, last

:44:22.:44:26.

year in Italy was far worse T rained for almost the entire tour last

:44:27.:44:29.

year. Exactly. I think there was snow on occasions and all sorts.

:44:30.:44:31.

There we go. Here is Cannondale coming in now, we

:44:32.:44:40.

will go back to our commentators. It's a very good time. They may not

:44:41.:44:45.

have the smoothest style but it pays. Look at this. They're going to

:44:46.:44:48.

beat Movistar who started today as one of the favourites. It proves

:44:49.:44:53.

that drying conditions, we are seeing faster times, we are back up

:44:54.:44:57.

there. They did well. Over 20 seconds behind Movistar at the first

:44:58.:45:01.

time check after eight kilometres. They've had a great second part of

:45:02.:45:06.

this race. But as we have already been saying things are starting to

:45:07.:45:09.

dry over the last few corners so that will make a difference. BMC

:45:10.:45:14.

will be overjoyed if it continues to stay dry and the sun might even come

:45:15.:45:17.

out, because that will really help them. Five minutes before BMC leave.

:45:18.:45:26.

It's going to be Aussie joy today, you just feel it. Cadel Evans may

:45:27.:45:40.

well push them very close here. Orica had part of their run in the

:45:41.:45:45.

wet. It's now almost entirely dry. So yeah, it might be scary

:45:46.:45:48.

performance a little bit later on. We shall see. It's going to be

:45:49.:45:56.

fascinating, that's for sure. Team Giant Shimano and Garmin Sharp. Will

:45:57.:46:05.

there be joy for Dan Martin today? Well, I think he will be happy to

:46:06.:46:09.

limit his losses, quite hard to get out of Dan Martin whether he is

:46:10.:46:15.

focussing more on the GC or looking to stage wins. A few can go into

:46:16.:46:24.

that group of riders who have won a stage in all three of the Grand

:46:25.:46:28.

Tours. Never finished inside the top ten overall before, but perhaps this

:46:29.:46:32.

year with the extra motivation of the race starting in Ireland he may

:46:33.:46:37.

be able to do that. Let's hope so. Thank you for those of you who have

:46:38.:46:42.

written in on Twitter, there is a load of you. We will spare you some

:46:43.:46:46.

of our thoughts, or take some of your questions in a moment. Check

:46:47.:46:55.

this out, it's the same corner. He did a good job of getting to safety.

:46:56.:47:09.

His calf muscles are exceptional. Marcel is a big unit. A big bloke. A

:47:10.:47:16.

lot of these cyclists, you look on the television screens and I

:47:17.:47:20.

remember when I first started racing against professionals, more often

:47:21.:47:23.

than not they look smaller in real life than when I was watching on TV,

:47:24.:47:28.

actually Marcel is big in stature in all ways but doesn't seem to hold

:47:29.:47:35.

him back. Bonnie has written in, she describes Marcel as swoon-worthy.

:47:36.:47:46.

Calm down! You will see his magnificent hairdo later when he

:47:47.:47:55.

takes his helmet off. This may change, because conditions are

:47:56.:47:58.

drying. I am looking at the screen now and as they head towards

:47:59.:48:04.

Stormont, Garmin Sharp at the moment, are they experiencing

:48:05.:48:09.

wetness as well? It's party time here in Belfast. If you are

:48:10.:48:13.

wondering why this Ireland is so green, it's because it gets plenty

:48:14.:48:18.

of water. We had some earlier on today. Unfortunately, for some of

:48:19.:48:22.

the teams it hampered them. Big losers so far is Team Katusha and it

:48:23.:48:30.

was a shame for them. Some early guys went off in dry conditions and

:48:31.:48:34.

then it rained. Right now the course is drying. It's paying great favour

:48:35.:48:41.

towards those who are on the end of the timetable today. Last team to go

:48:42.:48:48.

will be Neri Sottoli. BMC we are waiting for. Orica Greenedge are the

:48:49.:48:56.

benchmark setters so far. Some teams have gone very well, including Team

:48:57.:49:03.

Sky in a partially wet run and Cannondale. This is BMC. This is the

:49:04.:49:10.

team of Cadel Evans. He is, of course, a Grand Tour winner and he

:49:11.:49:14.

is here to do some serious damage to everybody else. I reckon this team

:49:15.:49:22.

of which is a good time trialing team, could actually have a party. I

:49:23.:49:27.

think they're going to put in a good time in this trial today. Giant

:49:28.:49:40.

Shimano coming in to the finish. It's the 5th rider across the line

:49:41.:49:47.

who will stop the clock. Not a bad time. 5th place looks... Just lost a

:49:48.:49:55.

couple of places there over the lost 100 metres. Going back to BMC, I

:49:56.:50:02.

think they'll be very happy that things have started to dry up. They

:50:03.:50:13.

took the team time trial victory at another event. That's a team full of

:50:14.:50:20.

confidence. Brent, one of two Americans within this team, but this

:50:21.:50:25.

morning took a tumble whilst practising the course, not actually

:50:26.:50:30.

on the course. They headed back to the start and he hit one of these

:50:31.:50:46.

bollards. Luckily unhurt. Talking about Americans, John Bolton

:50:47.:50:55.

has written in, have a great Giro, guys. Thank you, John. Good that we

:50:56.:51:01.

are, if you are listening to us, you are joining a world party, I might

:51:02.:51:07.

add. We are down under, as well. We are across in the United States. We

:51:08.:51:11.

are in South Africa. We are around the Pacific rim and of course we are

:51:12.:51:18.

in Northern Ireland. And Belfast, it may be damp and chilly, but the

:51:19.:51:21.

warmest of welcomes. I can't remember a day that's been just so

:51:22.:51:27.

well-celebrated. It's always great when the Giro for any Grand Tour

:51:28.:51:31.

starts outside the country. So many people waiting for it for so long.

:51:32.:51:37.

It's great when it arrives and you fans enjoying things.

:51:38.:51:50.

Staying with Bardiani in a team time trial when the 5th rider crosses

:51:51.:51:59.

does the team get the same time? No, only those riders ahead of him and

:52:00.:52:02.

the 5th man, if they're in the same bunch they all get the 5th man time.

:52:03.:52:06.

If there is any gap, in other words, if you are dropped rider, you get

:52:07.:52:11.

your individual time. However, if there are gaps, let's say, within

:52:12.:52:15.

that lead five, they have to wait until the 5th man crosses the line

:52:16.:52:20.

and then those ahead of that 5th man and any that happen to be stuck on

:52:21.:52:25.

his back wheel gets the same time. Everybody else gets their unique

:52:26.:52:28.

time which is a big deficit for some guys especially if you get shipped

:52:29.:52:36.

out early. It looks like they're riding into sunshine. The ultimate

:52:37.:52:41.

time won't be pleasurable for them. 16th at the first time check, 48

:52:42.:52:48.

seconds down. Haven't reached the second time check. They have already

:52:49.:52:53.

lost a huge chunk of time already today. Dan Edwards is accusing me of

:52:54.:53:02.

screaming. Dan, this is jazz club compared to what's going to come.

:53:03.:53:04.

There will be plenty of screaming tomorrow. We have, of course, sprint

:53:05.:53:11.

sprinting Belfast out and back again. I hope the weather does cheer

:53:12.:53:15.

up for us because there's spectacular scenery up to the

:53:16.:53:19.

Giant's Causeway. Then we are heading for Dublin. And the first of

:53:20.:53:27.

three rest days and then we start in Italy and then we will be hitting

:53:28.:53:34.

the mountains the next day. We have some serious climbing here. Serious

:53:35.:53:45.

contender has to be that man. Riding for Team Sky last year. Uran, after

:53:46.:53:53.

Wiggins going out through injury, ran second over overall. He is now

:53:54.:54:00.

the team leader of this squad. They Off the ramp and away they go. I

:54:01.:54:25.

like this team. This is a team I like. Whether they'll like the

:54:26.:54:36.

course, I think they probably will. AG2R are going to hit above their

:54:37.:54:39.

weight because of conditions. They'll be pleased with their time

:54:40.:54:48.

today. Still a number of riders left for the 5th place. I think again the

:54:49.:54:53.

team that's not really noted for their team time trial capabilities

:54:54.:54:57.

are going to be pleased with that. They're ahead of the likes of Trek

:54:58.:55:07.

Factory Racing. Katusha having a horrendous time today. Rodriguez one

:55:08.:55:12.

of the favourites, the big loser so far. We said you can't win it, but

:55:13.:55:16.

you can lose it. Apologies for the temporary fault.

:55:17.:57:09.

We have now regained control of the Giro d'Italia.

:57:10.:57:18.

Just overlapping the wheel! I think it was Dan Martin the first to

:57:19.:57:26.

crash. Oh, no! That's it. Reaching out for it, grasping at it. This is

:57:27.:57:30.

disaster. It was a drain cover. I don't know

:57:31.:57:36.

whether it started off the skittle. He certainly went down very, very

:57:37.:57:40.

hard indeed. Worse than that, he stayed down. Back on the bike is

:57:41.:57:49.

Nathan Hass. Well, everybody is look looking concerned. This is the

:57:50.:57:53.

reason why. Dan Martin is still on the deck. That's the end of any

:57:54.:57:57.

ambitions he has had for the GC. We just hope that he can continue

:57:58.:58:00.

within the race. Right now he looks in a bad place. We can't see him on

:58:01.:58:12.

the screens. That's the sports director of course looking extremely

:58:13.:58:16.

concerned. It could not have got off to a worse start for this team. We

:58:17.:58:21.

have one rider with a pedal missing actually at the moment, as you can

:58:22.:58:30.

see. That looks like a - explain the position of the rider. Here he is.

:58:31.:58:38.

Dan Martin. He is clearly feel feeling for the collarbone. I think

:58:39.:58:46.

that's it. Oh, I just don't know what to say really. After so many

:58:47.:58:52.

months of preparation, mental and physical and in the first 15 minutes

:58:53.:58:57.

end up like that, is just horrible to see. Too many riders went down,

:58:58.:59:03.

if you are wondering why they're still riding with damaged bikes,

:59:04.:59:06.

they didn't have enough bikes essentially. They handed them all

:59:07.:59:14.

out. You can't compete on a bike that's mis-sized for you. Dan

:59:15.:59:17.

Martin, if you are just joining us, is on the deck. It looks like a

:59:18.:59:22.

broken collarbone. He is in no hurry to get up. He knows the gravity of

:59:23.:59:29.

the situation. . What a shame for Dan Martin. They've

:59:30.:59:38.

regathered themselves, they're getting the news through on big

:59:39.:59:42.

screens for them to see proceedings. They will not have liked the sight,

:59:43.:59:48.

who would, of Dan Martin hitting the deck. It was eight terrain, a drain

:59:49.:59:57.

cover. They have all had to deal with that. But it seemed to just

:59:58.:00:04.

chucked out to one side. -- a drain. He went down hard on his left

:00:05.:00:09.

hand side. We will get back to them in a moment. One minute and 14

:00:10.:00:19.

seconds down, 10th at the moment. But the Team that will be last, I'm

:00:20.:00:30.

afraid, is Garmin-Sharp. Apologies for the break-up with the

:00:31.:00:34.

pictures. But while we were away, some drama on the course involving

:00:35.:00:39.

Garmin-Sharp. But the show you what happened. On a straight piece of

:00:40.:00:43.

road, the riders were in great position, a very professional

:00:44.:00:53.

outfit. Of course, this was Dan Martin's Team, one of the three

:00:54.:00:58.

Irish riders. And we have spoken about how the rain has affected this

:00:59.:01:05.

race. And I think what happens here, it looks like a drain cover

:01:06.:01:10.

just takes the wheel. And four riders fell, including, hugely

:01:11.:01:16.

disappointing, Dan Martin. He is holding his left clavicle, or his

:01:17.:01:20.

elbow. It looks like he has done serious damage to his elbow. The

:01:21.:01:25.

Portuguese rider, Nathan Hass, also down. And they are already down to

:01:26.:01:30.

eight. This happened just a couple of seconds ago. An absolute disaster

:01:31.:01:35.

for Garmin-Sharp, left with only four riders are bright. So this is

:01:36.:01:41.

the end of any kind of hopes in the race for any of the riders. But the

:01:42.:01:47.

big issue, the big story, is that Dan Martin went down first,

:01:48.:01:50.

extremely hard. And he was left lying on the road looking like a

:01:51.:02:00.

rider with a broken collarbone. The collarbone is a regular injury and

:02:01.:02:03.

riders know when they have done it. He went down very hard. Desperately

:02:04.:02:08.

unlucky. It looks like he caught the drain cover and of course, it would

:02:09.:02:12.

be very greasy. Remember what happened to Dan before. It was one

:02:13.:02:19.

of the big one-day races and he was in a great position coming into the

:02:20.:02:25.

final sprint. And he went down on a small patch of oil, very hard. He is

:02:26.:02:30.

really not having much luck at the minute. And these time trial bikes,

:02:31.:02:34.

when one goes, they are very difficult to manoeuvre. They are

:02:35.:02:38.

quite rigid. It is not as easy to handle. You are tucked up low. You

:02:39.:02:43.

have not got your hands on the brakes. You are not thinking about

:02:44.:02:47.

sharp manoeuvres. When something goes wrong, they all go down. And

:02:48.:02:55.

the riders who stayed upright went on, but they are having to wait for

:02:56.:03:13.

their team-mates. But the team did not have enough bikes. They have

:03:14.:03:16.

clearly damaged the right hand pedal, you can see, just to get to

:03:17.:03:20.

the finish. They were left there for so long, trying to get sorted out,

:03:21.:03:24.

that other teams came past them. We're not talking about losing a

:03:25.:03:28.

minute or two, we're talking about the loss of an enormous amount of

:03:29.:03:33.

time. It is a horrible thing to see. And you feel so helpless. It they

:03:34.:03:37.

will have spent months getting ready for this. Months of preparation and

:03:38.:03:42.

it all disappears in the blink of an eye. Dan Martin's Giro d'Italia may

:03:43.:03:48.

have lasted less than 20 minutes. That is not something anyone

:03:49.:03:53.

deserves. Well, we will keep you updated with what is happening on

:03:54.:04:01.

the course. This is the last team about to start, coming down the

:04:02.:04:10.

ramp. This is the 22nd team to come out on the road, and I'd imagine

:04:11.:04:14.

that all of the information is being relayed to all the teams. Look, it

:04:15.:04:18.

is wet out there and there are patches where it might be greasy.

:04:19.:04:23.

Just be careful. We have had a shower evening and some of the debts

:04:24.:04:27.

of road are dry. Everybody has to deal with the same conditions. You

:04:28.:04:33.

have to deal with what you get because it is an open road. The

:04:34.:04:37.

riders are used to this random element but whether these riders

:04:38.:04:42.

know that Garmin-Sharp has gone down, I not sure. The referee will

:04:43.:04:47.

know but he will be telling them to be careful. The Director will want

:04:48.:04:51.

to know what has happened because he has radio contact with the riders.

:04:52.:04:56.

He can tell them when they need to press on. There are the Garmin-Sharp

:04:57.:05:01.

riders, still operate. Five of them there, we are pleased to say,

:05:02.:05:05.

finishing and coming back. But they will have a very poor time. Let's

:05:06.:05:12.

get back to commentary. We're looking at Garmin-Sharp,

:05:13.:05:21.

hobbled team. When we said the result would be favourable, we're

:05:22.:05:26.

talking about them not being thrown off the race because of exceeding

:05:27.:05:32.

the time limits. We're trying to count how many riders are remaining.

:05:33.:05:37.

BMC Racing, two of their riders crashed in training. That was the

:05:38.:05:42.

first to be distanced in the race quite early on. 16 and a half

:05:43.:05:50.

minutes so far. The time for them, 17 minutes and 37 seconds. I think

:05:51.:05:54.

BMC will be up towards 18 minutes when they come through. So, Cadel

:05:55.:06:03.

Evans has a great chance today. I think the field is being thinned

:06:04.:06:08.

down, either by accident or by lack of efficacy when it comes to team

:06:09.:06:14.

time trial on. Rodriguez started amongst the top four for this title

:06:15.:06:19.

and has been hobbled by an appalling team time trial. Cadel Evans cannot

:06:20.:06:30.

measure himself against Quintana. Movistar have had a good run, fifth

:06:31.:06:34.

quickest. But they had the best of the teams that contain the main

:06:35.:06:39.

contenders. Don't forget, huge gaps get thrown up. Garmin Sharp are

:06:40.:06:47.

coming through and the crowd know what has happened. Some of them are

:06:48.:06:50.

looking for Dan Martin, looking in vain. It will be a huge

:06:51.:06:55.

disappointment for some of the people here, who maybe do not know

:06:56.:07:05.

exactly what has happened. I would say that the tour is very much over

:07:06.:07:15.

for them. No confirmation about Dan Martin, but he will be out of this

:07:16.:07:20.

year's Giro d'Italia, I am afraid. Let's look at their average read.

:07:21.:07:25.

Listen to the roar of the cloud. -- the roar of the crowd. Gladiators,

:07:26.:07:30.

all of them. 28 minutes given away. That would be it for the challenge

:07:31.:07:38.

if it was not for the break. News from the course. Team BMC have

:07:39.:07:43.

come through the second time check ten seconds down on the leaders.

:07:44.:07:49.

They are closing in on the Australian squad. And this could be

:07:50.:07:53.

a lot closer than we were expecting after we sought Orica's time. --

:07:54.:08:09.

after we saw. This is Astana. We asked them and

:08:10.:08:13.

that is the correct way to pronounce the name. They sent that is what

:08:14.:08:20.

they are called so that is what we are calling them. Heading towards

:08:21.:08:25.

the first intermediate time check. I've reckon they will go well. And

:08:26.:08:32.

this will be good news for Scarponi. And a Spaniard, if yields on and

:08:33.:08:40.

does not do what Anton did, getting dropped by the Movistar team early

:08:41.:08:44.

on. He was expected to go well in the mountains but he will not be a

:08:45.:08:51.

challenger for the title. Should anything happen to Quintana, as has

:08:52.:08:55.

happened to Dan Martin, let's not wish that on anyone, Anton would

:08:56.:09:00.

have been the default to take over the team principal role. Let more

:09:01.:09:05.

pressure -- yet more pressure on Quintana. Can he take it? This team

:09:06.:09:19.

might looks like a laundry accident. Last team, out the opening day. The

:09:20.:09:27.

first of the grand Tours, Belfast, our home and hospital destination,

:09:28.:09:34.

if you happen to be Dan Martin. Leaden skies, and here we are. Not

:09:35.:09:41.

sure who that is coming through. Certainly not Dan Martin, who we

:09:42.:09:46.

believe is taking no further part in the race. Everybody is

:09:47.:09:51.

disappointed, including us. Why was looking forward to see them. And

:09:52.:10:01.

party any, coming towards the end. -- Bardiani. And they will be going

:10:02.:10:09.

for individual stage victories. No juicy contenders, I am afraid, among

:10:10.:10:17.

them. 30 seconds down in eighth place, but

:10:18.:10:23.

low Orica-GreenEdge. One more team to come through. That is Neri

:10:24.:10:37.

Sottoli, we are not expecting to be in contention.

:10:38.:10:54.

Astana, still running. And in the dry, I guess there's a lot of talk

:10:55.:11:05.

about diesel particles in this part of the world. Tends to be the

:11:06.:11:09.

favourite fuel in this part of the world. We have not had huge

:11:10.:11:15.

downpours, so you tends to get a scooter resurface when there is

:11:16.:11:24.

light drizzle. BMC Racing, in the red. The man who will be feeling in

:11:25.:11:29.

the pink is Cadel Evans, in the red helmet. Very handy for us to pick

:11:30.:11:36.

him out. And Cadel Evans is going to have a birthday present here, not

:11:37.:11:43.

that he would want to wish ill on anybody, certainly the injury that

:11:44.:11:47.

Dan Martin has suffered other the news that Quintana and Rodriguez

:11:48.:11:56.

have had difficulty, EMC are clearly going to push Orica-GreenEdge's

:11:57.:12:02.

time. -- BMC. The time will not be too bad. We have mentioned

:12:03.:12:10.

Scarponi. But they have a young rider, Fabio Aru, who was very

:12:11.:12:16.

impressive last year. One year on, one you're more experienced. I think

:12:17.:12:20.

perhaps he could do something special. I mean top ten overall. It

:12:21.:12:27.

will be interesting to see. Here comes BMC. In their pomp. Just go

:12:28.:12:35.

for it buys, that is the call. -- boys. They have done well to get

:12:36.:12:43.

back into the fray. Cadel Evans at the front, and it may well be he who

:12:44.:12:48.

is allowed to take the line. He is a man who will function brilliantly in

:12:49.:12:58.

the mountains. He has thrilled as a rider ever since he was a young man.

:12:59.:13:02.

Approaching the end of the run. They are going to have fun here. 900

:13:03.:13:10.

metres to go. Look at this time! The target time is 24 minutes and 42

:13:11.:13:18.

seconds and I think Cadel Evans will feel like a very happy Antipodean at

:13:19.:13:22.

the end of today. We thought that perhaps Nicholas Roach was going to

:13:23.:13:25.

be the best place rider at the end of today but it looks like it is

:13:26.:13:29.

going to be the Australian, Cadel Evans, winner of the Tour de France

:13:30.:13:37.

in 2011 and 30 last year -- third here last year. The last turn. 250

:13:38.:13:45.

metres from the line. It may not be good enough to beat Orica-GreenEdge

:13:46.:13:47.

but it will push them close. Very tight indeed. 150 metres or so to

:13:48.:13:55.

go. It is going to be second place for BMC but among the GC boys, they

:13:56.:14:00.

will be the daddies. And Cadel Evans as done an absolutely amazing time,

:14:01.:14:06.

as had his team. They have happy blessing of the weather, all right,

:14:07.:14:09.

but nonetheless, that was impressive. It certainly was and

:14:10.:14:13.

they will be extremely pleased with that time today. A lot of time that

:14:14.:14:18.

Evans has put into his work has been in this race. More than some of his

:14:19.:14:26.

rivals, including Rodrigues, who was 18 seconds down on Evans overall. A

:14:27.:14:43.

lot of Cadel fans out there. Good time trialing from BMC and from

:14:44.:14:47.

Cadel Evans. That's a super effort. First blood to Cadel in the race for

:14:48.:14:53.

the overall. He has a significant advantage over Rodriguez now, more

:14:54.:15:01.

than a minute in front of him. Particular Particularly the team

:15:02.:15:05.

time trial is not one of the BMC focuses. Orica were focussed on then

:15:06.:15:10.

stage. BMC came with the riders they've got. It shows not only is

:15:11.:15:14.

Cadel in great shape but the team is, as well. He will be very, very

:15:15.:15:18.

pleased going to bed tonight. He is a great individual time trialer with

:15:19.:15:21.

that crouched position low on the bike. Yeah, there is a long

:15:22.:15:25.

individual time trial in the middle of the Giro, a long flattish

:15:26.:15:30.

individual time trial which Cadel will be well placed for. You would

:15:31.:15:33.

expect him to get the best time there, as well. Even one day into

:15:34.:15:37.

the Giro d'Italia it's beginning to look good at the moment for Cadel

:15:38.:15:41.

Evans. All the climbs in the last week of the race it can go wrong but

:15:42.:15:45.

for the moment he will be content with his day's work. A good day for

:15:46.:15:50.

him, not such a good day for Dan Martin. Disappointing to see him

:15:51.:15:54.

come down and nurse that shoulder and according to the commentary,

:15:55.:15:58.

when we heard from Carlton in commentary that Dan is out of the

:15:59.:16:02.

race, hugely disappointing. I feel desperate for Dan Martin. You

:16:03.:16:05.

prepare for these events for a long time. This has been a focus to come,

:16:06.:16:09.

the Giro d'Italia, on home soil with a strong team. It's something that

:16:10.:16:14.

he will have been working to for many weeks, months now. For it all

:16:15.:16:17.

to end as adruptly as that and the way it did -- abruptly, and to make

:16:18.:16:22.

it worse being the firs rider down, it's not really his fault -- first.

:16:23.:16:26.

It's not the way you want the day to end. I feel desperate for him. He

:16:27.:16:32.

came down on Newtownards Road. It's actual actually on Upper Newtownards

:16:33.:16:39.

Road where one of the great personities of cycling --

:16:40.:16:44.

personalities of cycling has a shop and were having a party today. Hard

:16:45.:16:48.

to beat this. It's all happening here! It's the place to be. Let's go

:16:49.:16:51.

and find Dave. He was working on this bike. Dave,

:16:52.:16:59.

did you imagine when you got this shop running years ago the Giro

:17:00.:17:03.

d'Italia will be going past the front door? It's fantastic for the

:17:04.:17:06.

cycling community. For Northern Ireland, as well, for the economy,

:17:07.:17:10.

for tourism, spectacular. Brilliant. All the big names in cycling have

:17:11.:17:14.

been to see you when they've been here. Kelly and Roche and the German

:17:15.:17:24.

pursuit champion was in. It's all happening. You are a legend. It's a

:17:25.:17:33.

family steeped in cycling tradition. Mark is at the shop, busy. Mark, we

:17:34.:17:40.

will take you away from the customers. Can you believe it's

:17:41.:17:45.

here, it's all happening outside the front of the shop. It's incredible.

:17:46.:17:50.

This morning the taster we got with the practice laps and the crowd and

:17:51.:17:55.

the atmosphere was just unbelievable. Still don't think it's

:17:56.:18:06.

sunk in. In 2008 I went over to the Dolomites watching and when we past

:18:07.:18:11.

a bike shop, it was ten kilometres from the finish, on the window he

:18:12.:18:18.

had a sign saying closed. Don't think you would see that in our shop

:18:19.:18:23.

and now it's coming past the door. Can you believe the buzz in Belfast?

:18:24.:18:28.

It's incredible how everybody's got into the Giro and it's building up

:18:29.:18:33.

that this evening will make for a big party. It wouldn't be the same

:18:34.:18:39.

without a few buns. Jill, I will save you one, but not this one!

:18:40.:18:43.

Very nice indeed. Let's get back to the action.

:18:44.:18:46.

. The line beckons. They might get

:18:47.:18:56.

second ahead of BMC. Here we go. There it is.

:18:57.:19:01.

They do by a margin of two seconds. Five seconds down on Orica

:19:02.:19:08.

Greenedge. I think they'll take that. They probably will do. Omega

:19:09.:19:17.

Pharma-Quickstep. Terrific that we have a good performance by Evans BMC

:19:18.:19:25.

team. They worked for that. Perhaps more than you think. It's not their

:19:26.:19:30.

A-Team as far as team more than you think. It's not their

:19:31.:19:32.

concerned. I think they took a step above themselves there. They

:19:33.:19:36.

certainly did. I was not thinking they were going to finish mid-pack

:19:37.:19:42.

by any means, but they lacked the likes of Mark Cavendish. I thought

:19:43.:19:51.

they might struggle to be up there with the big guns today but they've

:19:52.:19:55.

proved me wrong. Maybe it's the weight of expectation. They decided

:19:56.:20:08.

to match it. This is Astana, looking slightly ragged. They've about four

:20:09.:20:19.

minutes of their run to go. Neri Sottoli will finish today. It's been

:20:20.:20:23.

a dramatic day. Plenty to talk about and plenty to hide your eyes,

:20:24.:20:29.

because unfortunately, if you are just joining us and wondering how

:20:30.:20:34.

Dan Martin has done, he has done a collarbone. Ne Sottoli -- Neri.

:20:35.:20:50.

Almost into the sunshine. The gloom is starting to lift at the end of

:20:51.:20:56.

today. We had some performances, I guess in terms of the overall sort

:20:57.:21:04.

of near tragedies today, thank Heavens that everyone is OK but it's

:21:05.:21:07.

a broken collarbone we believe for Dan Martin. That corner is an

:21:08.:21:11.

absolute nightmare. There's been several of them. At least they got

:21:12.:21:17.

around that reasonably cleanly! That was, for me anyway, a sharp intake

:21:18.:21:28.

of breath. I wasn't expecting him to get around that. It's a very

:21:29.:21:35.

experienced squad. Experience and youth, you might say. They start

:21:36.:21:53.

with Scarponi. He is always consistent. It's a squad that can do

:21:54.:22:00.

a lot of things over the next three weeks especially in the mountains.

:22:01.:22:06.

Do you have to drive the climbs here and Astana doing a good job. Neri

:22:07.:22:13.

Sottoli are down to six already. There is a burden of going last, you

:22:14.:22:16.

know what you have to do and where you are likely to feature. Right

:22:17.:22:19.

now, unfortunately, the main feature is the fact that they are

:22:20.:22:23.

diminishing with every pedal stroke, it looks like. Yeah, as we said, as

:22:24.:22:29.

they roll down the start ramp, the last team to do so today, they

:22:30.:22:33.

aren't at all at the top of things when we come to think of teams that

:22:34.:22:37.

might do well in the team time trial. The order of depart for those

:22:38.:22:43.

who have joined us, is ran dam. They pick names -- random. They pick

:22:44.:22:49.

names out of the hat. We haven't had a big climax, but we have with those

:22:50.:23:00.

teams pushing Orica. These last two teams I don't think are going to

:23:01.:23:04.

come close. I don't think they will. They'll have a go. One thing has

:23:05.:23:11.

been constant, it's been the warmth of the welcome. It's been terrific

:23:12.:23:16.

to see the crowds just unconcerned, it seems, by the rain that has

:23:17.:23:23.

fallen. It's a dry run for those going off, but I am afraid for the

:23:24.:23:29.

likes of Neri Sottoli it's not going to help their cause much today. Some

:23:30.:23:33.

great racing nonetheless against the clock. Astana coming to the end of

:23:34.:23:42.

their run, it's not going to be a bad one. They'll be reasonably

:23:43.:23:45.

pleased with the time they'll put in today. The big winners from today,

:23:46.:23:52.

we talked about Orica Greenedge, but in terms of the GC rides, Evans and

:23:53.:23:58.

Uran looking very strong after one day of racing. Uran the best of all

:23:59.:24:12.

the GC riders if you dis discount Santori.

:24:13.:24:22.

150 metres for Astana, it's going to be outside the top five for them, I

:24:23.:24:30.

believe. Team Sky going off in damp conditions. Astana on a dry run not

:24:31.:24:38.

getting as close as Sky on a mixed run, wet and dry. And we are not

:24:39.:24:44.

talking sandpaper. So, it's one more team still to come. Neri Sottoli,

:24:45.:24:50.

five more minutes before they hit the line. Well, we know our result

:24:51.:24:54.

because I have to tell you that they're not going to set the world

:24:55.:24:59.

on fire, despite the brightness of their jerseys. Astana just across

:25:00.:25:09.

the line. 6th place there. 38 seconds down on the leaders. They'll

:25:10.:25:12.

be pretty pleased with their time. It puts them ahead of a number of

:25:13.:25:20.

key rivals. But so many stages still to come. Anything can happen. There

:25:21.:25:24.

will be a few pleased people and a few extremely disappointed people at

:25:25.:25:27.

the end of today. I am intrigued to listen to the reaction of Rodriguez

:25:28.:25:33.

at the end of today's stage. No disrespect to Neri Sottoli but it

:25:34.:25:38.

gives us an opportunity to talk about tomorrow. It's going to be

:25:39.:25:45.

wet, we are praying that's not the case. It's going to be a pleasure

:25:46.:25:50.

hopefully. Same finish line as today, from a different direction.

:25:51.:25:54.

Normally it should be a bunched sprint finish, depends on how much

:25:55.:25:57.

wind there is. Looking at the wind direction earlier I decided that

:25:58.:26:02.

it's not too likely to split up on stage two, whether the same can be

:26:03.:26:09.

said for stage three I am not sure. Forecast for Sunday gusty winds as

:26:10.:26:21.

they head south and south-east. We could see some echelon.

:26:22.:26:36.

They're all right. They got awhich with that. -- away with that. I

:26:37.:26:44.

reckon that tomorrow with a ten-second bonus at the line he has

:26:45.:26:48.

to fancy being in that leader's jersey. I think so, yeah. Michael

:26:49.:26:55.

Matthews, two stage wins last year. He only has to finish ahead of his

:26:56.:26:59.

team-mates tomorrow, which he will do as they'll be leading him out for

:27:00.:27:04.

the sprint finish. What an experience that will be for the

:27:05.:27:07.

young Australian. There he is looking very happy with himself with

:27:08.:27:13.

his pierced and diamond-studded ears, I believe they're diamonds!

:27:14.:27:20.

Well, they're talking about the chase being on right now. There's

:27:21.:27:25.

still one team on course. But it's all done and dusted. I think I might

:27:26.:27:31.

bid you farewell at the moment and head down to see the Australian team

:27:32.:27:36.

and hopefully get an interview with the director and also Sven. Dan,

:27:37.:27:43.

thanks. He will take his leave. Thank you to all of you who have

:27:44.:27:48.

joined us on Twitter today. It's been a pleasure to have your

:27:49.:27:51.

company. Don't forget you can send us your thoughts post-race and

:27:52.:27:57.

indeed throughout this Giro d'Italia. Yes, Dan Martin, sadly,

:27:58.:28:08.

without of the Giro d'Italia with a broken collarbone. Orica Greenedge

:28:09.:28:18.

had a mission today and mission accomplished.

:28:19.:28:26.

Meanwhile, Neri Sottoli, no disrespect whatsoever, but their

:28:27.:28:29.

time is not going to set the world on fire. There we are, they'll be

:28:30.:28:43.

taking this turn. They've been blessed with a dry run, so this may

:28:44.:28:47.

well flatter them ever so slightly. Starting tomorrow we have three

:28:48.:29:18.

sprint stages. Then we climb. An old Monday astroery was rebuilt --

:29:19.:29:24.

monastery. Some of the performances today have been. It's not only about

:29:25.:29:28.

setting your rhythm, it's about having the focus to turn your mind

:29:29.:29:33.

away from the weather and on to the rigours of team time trialing, we

:29:34.:29:36.

have seen terrific performances today. Final bend with 300 to go.

:29:37.:29:41.

They'll open up the taps in the run for the line. 200 metres. The men in

:29:42.:29:50.

yellow finishing their run and drawing the opening stage of this

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97th Giro d'Italia to a close. Plenty more still to come, of

:29:56.:30:02.

course. 20 more stages in the run. Belfast has been our glorious start

:30:03.:30:07.

to this first of the Grand Tours. And indeed first team at the top of

:30:08.:30:20.

the real-time screens. Orica-GreenEdge take over the Kings

:30:21.:30:23.

seat. And they have not been dislodged. They are the leaders and

:30:24.:30:30.

we will be speaking to the birthday boy, the Canadian within that

:30:31.:30:34.

largely Australian team. He will have the pink jersey. Dan Lloyd is

:30:35.:30:39.

heading down to have a chat with some of those who have been blessed

:30:40.:30:47.

today, it's fair to say. And there is confirmation thereof the result.

:30:48.:30:51.

Orica-GreenEdge with a time of 24 minutes and 42 seconds. Mike Farmer

:30:52.:30:55.

quickstep did a great job to get close to them. BMC and Cadel Evans

:30:56.:31:04.

in third place. Tinkoff-Saxo fourth ahead of Team Sky. Astana are in

:31:05.:31:11.

sixth place. Cannondale and Movistar can feel aggrieved. 55 seconds down.

:31:12.:31:15.

Quintana has imagined decline, quite literally. He needs to go well. He

:31:16.:31:25.

needs to find 55 seconds if he is going to get the better of Rigoberto

:31:26.:31:30.

Uran. There are the time trial standings. Some big gaps. All were

:31:31.:31:40.

down to Lotto-Belisol and Garmin Sharp. The sad news is that Daniel

:31:41.:31:53.

Martin is out of the Giro d'Italia. Saint aft is our leader in the

:31:54.:32:05.

overall standings. -- Svein Tuft. But Michael Matthews, if he wins the

:32:06.:32:09.

sprint stage tomorrow, it would be hard to get against him. He only

:32:10.:32:13.

needs to beat his team-mates. He may not win the day that might be Marcel

:32:14.:32:24.

can tell. -- Quintana. Happy birthday. Not much better way

:32:25.:32:30.

to celebrate it than with a pink jersey. It has been an amazing day.

:32:31.:32:38.

An amazing way to spend your birthday. To finish on that way,

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what a treat. Cannot thank my team enough for giving that opportunity.

:32:44.:32:48.

It is a once-in-a-lifetime for a guy like me. And what a fantastic team.

:32:49.:32:53.

And the other riders in the team, first participants this year, they

:32:54.:32:57.

must be over the moon. I was just opting to Michael Hepburn, and he

:32:58.:33:03.

said, is this how it always is?! I was like, no, it is a special day.

:33:04.:33:09.

There was a predetermined plan to cross the finish line first. Was

:33:10.:33:13.

that decided during the stage or in advance? They gave me the gift. It

:33:14.:33:20.

was a birthday present. This team is really selfless in that way. I'd

:33:21.:33:25.

feel really fortunate to be given that gift on my birthday.

:33:26.:33:31.

Congratulations. I hope we see you again tomorrow.

:33:32.:33:35.

What a nice man and what a nice present.

:33:36.:33:40.

Orica-GreenEdge, they came through mixed conditions and delivered

:33:41.:33:45.

today. The nearest him to them, Rigoberto Uran's team. Ahead by just

:33:46.:33:56.

a second. I heard of the DNC boys. No doubt about the winners. As you

:33:57.:34:04.

saw, spent aft, very grateful. -- Svein Tuft.

:34:05.:34:16.

Belfast, we have some winners and some significant losers. Dan Martin,

:34:17.:34:24.

of course, has taken a fall in the wet. And Joaquim Rodriguez, he fails

:34:25.:34:31.

to fire on all cylinders on a damp day.

:34:32.:37:40.

The thing about luck is it comes and goes. And it is not handed out

:37:41.:37:51.

fairly. Today, no doubting our winners and their credentials.

:37:52.:37:54.

Absolutely fabulous and a great result it certainly was. For all of

:37:55.:37:57.

those on the podium, Orica-GreenEdge, Oregon Farmer

:37:58.:38:05.

quickstep and GMC. They can take the drive and pleasure in their

:38:06.:38:16.

performances. -- Micah Farmer quickstep. A great effort. They

:38:17.:38:24.

delivered every way. Horrific. You would be hard pushed to meet a nicer

:38:25.:38:34.

bunch of guys. And this bodes well. Our leader is a Canadian. Svein

:38:35.:38:43.

Tuft. It will take a while for them all to be handed flowers. But it

:38:44.:38:51.

will be Softy who takes the bunch. Third from left, Michael Matthews is

:38:52.:38:57.

likely to take over that pink jersey. -- Tufty. Matthews issued,

:38:58.:39:09.

by rights, be in a different jersey tomorrow. -- Matthews should. Ladies

:39:10.:39:17.

and gentlemen, the winners of stage 1... The rain is coming down again.

:39:18.:39:22.

It is expected to login for tomorrow. You never know, if it

:39:23.:39:27.

stays wet as we head up to the northern coast, here in Northern

:39:28.:39:35.

Ireland, it may well prove to be a difficult day for many. Let's hope

:39:36.:39:40.

not. It is a difficult day for Irish cycling fans, I'm afraid to tell

:39:41.:39:45.

you, that Dan Martin has found himself on the wrong end of an

:39:46.:39:50.

injury today. He is out of this year's Giro d'Italia. No hiding the

:39:51.:39:56.

joy and sense of achievement from these boys.

:39:57.:40:10.

Svein Tuft, look at that. What a birthday, one he will never forget!

:40:11.:40:17.

Surrounded by his mates. Hoisted aloft. He will be wearing the pink

:40:18.:40:23.

jersey. I do not know what has happened to it. Maybe everyone is

:40:24.:40:32.

scared of them. Or scared of the fizzy stuff. Michael Matthews,

:40:33.:40:43.

Catherine Meyer, Svein Tuft... So we will start handing out the jersey in

:40:44.:40:49.

just a few moments time. No king of the mountains today. But we may

:40:50.:40:57.

well, you never know, they may well have declared it. No more interviews

:40:58.:41:10.

today. It looks like the teams have decided to take themselves off to

:41:11.:41:19.

the buses as we speak. The second charge of confetti has been put into

:41:20.:41:30.

the canon. -- canon. And our PA is on stage, announcing that we're

:41:31.:41:35.

going to hand over the leaders jersey and here it is. Coveted, most

:41:36.:41:46.

certainly. And a delight. To our leader, Svein Tuft.

:41:47.:42:00.

And now the first pink jersey of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, from

:42:01.:42:05.

Orica-GreenEdge, the Canadian rider, on his birthday, Svein Tuft!

:42:06.:42:17.

Svein Tuft, happy birthday. What about that?

:42:18.:42:37.

Presented by the tourism minister. And our proud sponsors of the Giro

:42:38.:42:48.

d'Italia. The smile is mile wide. Fantastic to

:42:49.:43:11.

see Svein Tuft enjoying that. Says it is a gift from his team-mates but

:43:12.:43:16.

if you sort the effort he was putting in as he came up to the

:43:17.:43:18.

finishing line, he was not a passenger. They all wrote superbly.

:43:19.:43:25.

I was very impressed with them, riding that had, managing to

:43:26.:43:29.

organise themselves to get across the line. The team is confident, and

:43:30.:43:36.

working together. And Orica-GreenEdge came here with this

:43:37.:43:42.

very much in mind. We saw how dominant they could be in the time

:43:43.:43:46.

trial last summer. But this was the goal. This was the goal. It was the

:43:47.:43:53.

first stage. And that always gets a lot of publicity and interest. And

:43:54.:43:56.

they are a team that are well adapted to it. He did not actually

:43:57.:44:00.

have the best weather in the end. They had to deal with showers on the

:44:01.:44:05.

course. The plan perfectly and that is what you get. If you get one of

:44:06.:44:09.

you guys in the pink jersey, you are happy. A great party behind us and

:44:10.:44:13.

fantastic to see so many of the crowd staying for the presentation

:44:14.:44:18.

and joining in the celebrations. They are lapping up the location.

:44:19.:44:24.

The atmosphere outside City Hall has been fantastic. It has been a great

:44:25.:44:27.

thing to see in Belfast and a big, exciting event. People who might not

:44:28.:44:33.

have had a lot of interest in bike racing have really engaged in it and

:44:34.:44:40.

have become part of it. Lovely to think they'll be inspired.

:44:41.:44:45.

Tremendous to see that. Well, one young Irishman we would like to hear

:44:46.:44:49.

from, it was a bad day for Dan Martin, he is out of the race, but

:44:50.:44:55.

one of the Irish riders is with Team Sky. Philip Deignan spoke to Gavin

:44:56.:45:00.

after their ride. What did you make of this reception?

:45:01.:45:05.

It was incredible. Yesterday, I won't forget yesterday's reception

:45:06.:45:09.

in a while. It was amazing. Incredible the way people here have

:45:10.:45:12.

taken to the race and the atmosphere is amazing. Even the rain hasn't put

:45:13.:45:18.

people off. And the crowds, did you see any? Just a wall of noise. I

:45:19.:45:21.

couldn't really make out much. I heard a lot of Phillips and stuff,

:45:22.:45:26.

it was nice. Did you get the worst of the conditions, are you happy

:45:27.:45:29.

with the time? I don't even know the time. Obviously you are going to

:45:30.:45:33.

lose a lot on those corners. You can't carry the same speed through.

:45:34.:45:39.

Third at this stage. Yeah, it shows what maybe we could have done on a

:45:40.:45:47.

dry circuit. That's cycling. See you tomorrow. Cheers.

:45:48.:45:55.

There we go. Philip Deignan certainly enjoyed the experience. He

:45:56.:46:00.

described it as a wall of noise. In an event like this you can't pick

:46:01.:46:04.

out faces or hear shouts, you get a wonderful roar. It's a real

:46:05.:46:07.

motivation. It gives a lot of atmosphere. A lot of the riders,

:46:08.:46:11.

some new riders riding their first Grand Tour apparently have been

:46:12.:46:14.

asking their team-mates, is it always like this? Team-mates are

:46:15.:46:17.

saying no, this one is special. That's what we have seen tonight. We

:46:18.:46:21.

heard from Philip there, before he probably knew what happened to Dan

:46:22.:46:26.

Martin. Let's look at that crash. A horrible to see them come down so

:46:27.:46:30.

hard on the Newtownards Road. It's very, very tough. It's unlucky. You

:46:31.:46:36.

can see what happened. One rider goes down and everybody else crashes

:46:37.:46:39.

over him. It's very unpleasant to look at. Four riders coming down. At

:46:40.:46:47.

this point they were down to eight. The chances of Garmin at this stage

:46:48.:46:51.

done gone. They would have been hoping to put in a decent time.

:46:52.:47:00.

Garmin Sharp are well-drilled, know what they're doing and will have

:47:01.:47:05.

been looking for a good result. They were doing well. They weren't

:47:06.:47:09.

leading but were up there at the point when they went down. It's

:47:10.:47:12.

disappointing for the team but devastating clearly are to Dan who

:47:13.:47:16.

would have expected and hoped for so much more. We will not see Dan any

:47:17.:47:22.

more in the Giro d'Italia this year. But we hope to hear how he is and

:47:23.:47:25.

wish him the best. It's tough for him. He will be feeling it a little

:47:26.:47:32.

bit. It looked like a man with a broken shoulder. It's a frequent

:47:33.:47:39.

injury in bike racing and most of the riders know when they've done

:47:40.:47:44.

it, Dan looked like a man with a broken shoulder. There are winners

:47:45.:47:52.

and losers in a day like today, we should mention Katusha and

:47:53.:47:55.

Rodriguez. We don't know what happened there. I think they weren't

:47:56.:48:00.

firing on all cylinders. We didn't see anything in particular went

:48:01.:48:03.

wrong. Not a strong team time trial but they had a bad evening.

:48:04.:48:08.

Rodriguez has lost over a minute on the other contenders before the race

:48:09.:48:12.

has even got out of Belfast. If you look at the GC contenders, the

:48:13.:48:24.

winners will be Rigoberto Uran. Used to ride for Team Sky. That was a

:48:25.:48:29.

good performance from his team. They were really working very hard for

:48:30.:48:32.

that. They've also got a sprinter which becomes relevant in the next

:48:33.:48:35.

few days because there are time bonuses on the sprint stages. They

:48:36.:48:38.

have the potential to get one of their guys into the pink jersey.

:48:39.:48:54.

Stage two will finish here tomorrow afternoon after a magnificent ride

:48:55.:48:58.

up to the north coast of Ireland, stage two starts in Belfast and -

:48:59.:49:03.

ends in Belfast and in between some of the most spectacular scenes in

:49:04.:49:07.

the whole of this Giro. Graeme Little went to look at the route

:49:08.:49:11.

with one of the great icons of the sport, winner in 1987, Stephen

:49:12.:49:12.

Roche. From Titanic skwap skwaurter the

:49:13.:49:27.

race -- Quarter heads to Newton Abbey, past Antrim and then the road

:49:28.:49:34.

to the coast takes them past Ballymena and Slemish Mountain.

:49:35.:49:39.

They'll turn on to the famous coastway route. Around the corner I

:49:40.:49:43.

will pick up a travelling companion who knows a thing or two about bike

:49:44.:49:47.

races. 27 years ago an Irishman became open

:49:48.:49:54.

the second person ever to win the -- only to win Giro d'Italia and Tour

:49:55.:50:00.

in the same year. You are all dressed, ready to ride? I am ready,

:50:01.:50:05.

are you? I am. Let's go. Stephen, I am sure when you are

:50:06.:50:10.

winning this race over a quarter of a century ago you never imagined you

:50:11.:50:14.

would see it on Irish roads? It was impossible to imagine the Giro

:50:15.:50:18.

d'Italia going across to start here in our country, no. Amazing.

:50:19.:50:24.

Tempting as it was to spend an hour or two at the oldest distillery in

:50:25.:50:27.

Ireland, whisky and cycling don't mix. Anyway, Stephen had to meet an

:50:28.:50:32.

opened friend at the Giant's Causeway. -- an old friend at the

:50:33.:50:36.

Giant's Causeway. It's 30 years since we have raced together. A long

:50:37.:50:41.

time. We have aged well. What we have here is a travelling road show.

:50:42.:50:45.

The Giro d'Italia with the caravan and all in front. These roads will

:50:46.:50:47.

be used for years to come. and all in front. These roads will

:50:48.:50:54.

promoters of diven events to ride the roads that the -- different

:50:55.:50:56.

events the roads that the -- different

:50:57.:50:59.

Giro d'Italia was on, it will encourage people from all over the

:51:00.:51:02.

world to be part of something that's historical. This particular part of

:51:03.:51:06.

Ireland, the Glens of Antrim and the coast is something that we see on a

:51:07.:51:11.

daily basis and maybe don't appreciate it. I have been around

:51:12.:51:15.

the world and seen magnificent scenery and yet when I come home I

:51:16.:51:19.

am always blown away. It's breathtaking. We have it and we have

:51:20.:51:23.

to share it with the rest of the world.

:51:24.:51:30.

Oi, come on! The peloton won't have much time for

:51:31.:51:33.

taking in the speck taking lash surroundings of North -- spectacular

:51:34.:51:38.

surroundings of North Antrim but the fans will. This area provides some

:51:39.:51:46.

of the most amazing views in all of Ireland and brilliant if sometimes

:51:47.:51:49.

challenging cycling roads. Stephen, we are about halfway along the coast

:51:50.:51:57.

route now, you must be impressed? I am knackered! It's been a hard day.

:51:58.:52:01.

A beautiful day with the scenery. In the last section the race passes the

:52:02.:52:08.

Glens of Antrim, the Town of Larne and Carrickfergus Castle. It took us

:52:09.:52:13.

so long, did you enjoy it? We had a tourist route. Don't forget, the

:52:14.:52:18.

best cyclists coming along here will be going faster than we are. Ten

:52:19.:52:23.

miles from here into Belfast, they'll be sprinting at this stage.

:52:24.:52:27.

We should do the same. Last one in Belfast buys the beer. I will buy

:52:28.:52:32.

the still water, let's go. My money's on Stephen even so! This is

:52:33.:52:39.

the course. We have seen some of the spectacular scenes along the route.

:52:40.:52:50.

It follows that stunning north coast road back to Belfast. It finishes

:52:51.:52:59.

again here at City Hall. It's a long way, 218 kilometres but

:53:00.:53:02.

it's looking like a sprinter's course, isn't it? It's a long stage

:53:03.:53:08.

but essentially a flat stage. One climb which isn't really going to

:53:09.:53:11.

put anyone in trouble. It's almost certainly going to be a big bunch

:53:12.:53:16.

sprint back here tomorrow. Great to see Stephen Roche enjoying that

:53:17.:53:23.

ride, looking like a young thing. Phenomenal record he has. Of course

:53:24.:53:27.

winner of the Giro d'Italia when he also won the Tour and the World

:53:28.:53:36.

Championship. The triple Crown. Certainly one of the best riders in

:53:37.:53:40.

the history of the sport, he is clearly having a great time with the

:53:41.:53:43.

Giro d'Italia in his own backward. Let's hear from his son, another

:53:44.:53:48.

favourite and hoping to do damage in this race, Nicolas Roche.

:53:49.:54:07.

Finally, the wait is over, most of Ireland has been waiting for this

:54:08.:54:13.

for months, how have you been feeling? The buzz is really mental,

:54:14.:54:20.

it kind of - I feel the same way. At the start I was like, Giro d'Italia

:54:21.:54:23.

is going to start in Ireland, it's like, yeah, cool. Let's change all

:54:24.:54:26.

my programme, I want to be there, it's going to be great. And then a

:54:27.:54:31.

few months ago I was like, wow, this is going to be great. Then I was

:54:32.:54:36.

like, but great, great, you know. And just kind of built up and, you

:54:37.:54:41.

know, I always get superexcited about riding a Grand Tour, there's

:54:42.:54:47.

something special about it, I had that buzz of getting ready for it.

:54:48.:54:53.

Just the fact that now it's in Ireland, it's not the extra

:54:54.:54:57.

pressure, it's actually the extra pleasure. It's great, I love it. Do

:54:58.:55:01.

you think people have a concept of how big a deal this is, even in

:55:02.:55:06.

terms of entourage and scale? I hope now that a lot of people are going

:55:07.:55:12.

to come out and realise how big the sport is and how nice or, can I say

:55:13.:55:19.

kind of cool cycling is. It's not a small amateur race that you have on

:55:20.:55:22.

the side of the road with 20 guise. This is a Giro -- guys, this is the

:55:23.:55:26.

Giro d'Italia, one of the biggest events in the world. I am proud to

:55:27.:55:29.

be able to share that with the people who live here and so they can

:55:30.:55:36.

realise how the sport is. What have the rest of the riders been saying,

:55:37.:55:40.

have they been trying to scout the routes and get inside knowledge? I

:55:41.:55:45.

haven't got much inside, to be honest, haven't much information to

:55:46.:55:48.

give. A lot were asking me earlier how is the weather going to be, I

:55:49.:55:52.

said well if you are lucky it could rain for an hour, if you are unlucky

:55:53.:55:57.

it could rain for the week. That's how Ireland is. The weather is

:55:58.:56:01.

unpredictable. You are guaranteed it's going to rain but guaranteed

:56:02.:56:04.

sooner or later the sun will come out too. Maybe people are kind of

:56:05.:56:10.

already complaining, I was like, Ireland is ten degrees and it's

:56:11.:56:16.

raining, and then you go on the internet and on the Dolomites

:56:17.:56:21.

there's snow, come on, guys, I would rather have rain in Ireland than

:56:22.:56:27.

those snow snowy days! So, obviously I think it would have been just that

:56:28.:56:33.

much more spectacular if the weather was nicer, but that's also part of

:56:34.:56:39.

the luck, you can never guarantee that. You probably spent most of

:56:40.:56:42.

your career getting away from your famous dad and the famous name but I

:56:43.:56:45.

imagine in the weeks running up to this it's all come back and the

:56:46.:56:50.

questions are back again? Yeah, actual actually it's a long time

:56:51.:56:53.

since I hadn't had the questions about my dad. People had turned a

:56:54.:56:58.

page on that, there's no need to do any comparison between myself and

:56:59.:57:02.

him. He was what he was. I do what I do. I am a big fan of what he did. I

:57:03.:57:07.

have all the respect for that. I think people now also realise that

:57:08.:57:13.

there's no point comparing. Great to hear him talking about his

:57:14.:57:22.

dad there. Of course the weather is a national pastime here. We have

:57:23.:57:30.

more action coming up. Tomorrow, as we have shown you, we will be here

:57:31.:57:36.

in Belfast from 2.00pm on BBC2 Northern Ireland. And then on Sunday

:57:37.:57:40.

we head from Armagh down to Dublin for stage three and we are on air on

:57:41.:57:45.

BBC2 Northern Ireland from 2. 30pm but that wraps up the action here.

:57:46.:57:49.

Our thanks to the commentary team and to Michael. It's been a start.

:57:50.:57:53.

It's been a fantastic start to the Giro d'Italia. Such an atmosphere,

:57:54.:57:57.

so many people and people enjoying bike racing. It's been terrific.

:57:58.:58:01.

Hard lines to Dan Martin. We wish him the best with his recovery. Some

:58:02.:58:04.

great performances from some of the big names here. Cadel Evans, Uran.

:58:05.:58:12.

It's Svein Tuft celebrating tonight. Happy birthday to him. We will see

:58:13.:58:14.

you tomorrow. Bye for now. Ulster's last game against Munster

:58:15.:59:38.

in January Now with the Ulstermen's top four

:59:39.:59:40.

place secure, it's a chance to impress

:59:41.:59:46.

before the Pro12 play offs. Ulster playing some

:59:47.:59:48.

enterprising rugby. You've dug, you've sown,

:59:49.:59:58.

you've planted, you've watered, you've trimmed,

:59:59.:00:00.

you've nurtured. Look what you've grown

:00:01.:00:03.

with your patch of land. A massive thank you for sending in

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Live coverage of the opening Team Time Trial as the prestigious Giro d'Italia 2014 starts in Belfast. Follow every high-speed twist and turn as some of the world's top cyclists negotiate the course between Titanic Quarter and City Hall. Presented by Jill Douglas.


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