Duo defend time-trial titles
Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Specialized-Lululemon defended their team time-trial titles on the opening day of the Road World Championships.
The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team of Tony Martin, Sylvain Chavanel, Michal Kwiatkowski, Niki Terpstra, Kristof van de Walle and Peter Velits won the men's team time-trial in one hour four minutes 16.81 seconds, just 0.81secs ahead of Orica-GreenEdge after 56.8 kilometres of racing.
Team Sky, including Tour de France champion Chris Froome and fellow Briton Geraint Thomas, were third, 22.55secs behind.
The team time-trial events are for trade teams, with riders now reverting to national colours for the World Championships in Florence, which conclude next Sunday.
Germany's Martin will now turn his attentions to Wednesday's individual time-trial, where he will hope to defend his title ahead of British Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara and Taylor Phinney of the United States.
Briton Katie Colclough was part of the Specialized-Lululemon squad which successfully defended its women's team time-trial title.
The six-woman team triumphed in 51mins 10.69secs, with the Rabo squad second, 1:11.09 adrift.
The British Wiggle Honda squad, which is backed by Wiggins and included Olympic team pursuit champions Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, was sixth, 2:33 behind.