Posted: Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:43 PM

Cavendish takes early lead of Tirreno-Adriatico

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DONORATICO, Italy (AP) - Mark Cavendish took the early lead of the Tirreno-Adriatico after his Omega Pharma-QuickStep won the team time trial on a rainy opening day on Wednesday.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep finished the 10-mile stage in 19 minutes, 24 seconds, beating Movistar by 11 seconds. Cadel Evans' BMC Racing team was third, 16 seconds behind.

Cavendish will wear the blue jersey for crossing the line first, ahead of teammates Tony Martin, Michal Kwiatkowski, Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra.

The 144-mile stage Thursday is flat route from San Vincenzo to Indicatore.

The race ends Tuesday with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.
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