The official start order for Wednesday’s stage four team time trial in the 2012 Giro d’Italia has been released.

Having spent the first three stages of the race in Denmark plus one rest day, it’s the first stage of the 2012 race to actually take place in Italy. The 22 teams face a 33.2 kilometres test against the clock starting and finishing in Verona.

First squad off will be French outfit Ag2r La Mondiale at 2.25pm British time, with the remaining 21 teams setting off at three-minute intervals thereafter.

British squad Sky head out of the start gate at 3.16pm. Race leader Taylor Phinney’s BMC Racing team set off last, at 3.28pm.

Phinney’s lead of the race will face its first stiff challenge, not least because the American crashed heavily on Monday’s stage resulting in an ankle injury.

Geraint Thomas starts Wednesday in second place overall, nine seconds adrift of Phinney. He will be hoping that his Sky team can overhaul Phinney’s lead in the competition and put the Welshman into the pink jersey.

Garmin-Barracuda, Orica-GreenEdge and RadioShack-Nissan line up alongside BMC and Sky as the pre-stage favourites for the win.

Cycling Weekly will be covering the team time trial with live and interactive text updates throughout the afternoon on Wednesday, brought to you in association with Chain Reaction Cycles.

Giro d’Italia stage 4 team time trial start order

Times shown are local time, subtract one hour for UK time

15:25 – Ag2r La Mondiale (France)

15:28 – Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spain)

15:31 – Androni Giocattoli (Italy)

15:34 – Lampre-ISD (Italy)

15:37 – Lotto-Belisol (Belgium)

15:40 – Colnago-CSF Inox (Ireland)

15:43 – FDJ-Big Mat (France)

15:46 – Farnese Vini (Great Britain)

15:49 – Katusha (Russia)

15:52 – Movistar (Spain)

15:55 – NetApp (Germany)

15:58 – Rabobank (Netherlands)

16:01 – Saxo Bank (Denmark)

16:04 – Liquigas-Cannondale (Italy)

16:07 – Astana (Kazakhstan)

16:10 – Omega Pharma-QuickStep (Belgium)

16:13 – Vacansoleil-DCM (Netherlands)

16:16 – Team Sky (Great Britain)

16:19 – Radioshack-Nissan (Luxembourg)

16:22 – Orica-GreenEdge (Australia)

16:25 – Garmin-Barracuda (USA)

16:28 – BMC Racing Team (USA) 

Related links



Giro d’Italia 2012 stage four preview



LIVE: Giro d’Italia 2012 text coverage

Giro d’Italia 2012: Latest news



Phinney given all-clear after Giro crash



Ferrari should be ashamed of Giro sprint, says Cavendish



Giro remembers Wouter Weylandt



Cavendish and Thomas a winning combo, says Brailsford



Geraint Thomas narrowly misses out on Giro lead



Phinney realises Giro dream



Thomas and Phinney talk Giro d’Italia time trial



Kennaugh enters Giro with least amount of racing miles



Cavendish faces first Grand Tour as World Champ and father



Frank Schleck’s last minute Giro adventure



Swift out of Giro after training crash



Giro d’Italia 2012: Who will win?



Sky to battle for Giro’s team time trial



Hesjedal aims for Giro win



Giro d’Italia 2012: Start list



Cavendish, Thomas, Kennaugh, Swift and Stannard for Giro



Giro d’Italia 2012: Jerseys unveiled



Giro d’Italia organiser announces wildcard teams for 2012



Giro d’Italia 2012 route revealed

Giro d’Italia 2012: Stage reports

Stage three: Goss wins in Horsens as Cavendish and Phinney crash

Stage two: Cavendish wins in Herning

Stage one: Phinney wins time trial

Giro d’Italia 2012: Photo galleries



Stage three photo gallery



Stage two photo gallery



Stage one photo gallery

Giro d’Italia 2012: Teams and riders



Giro d’Italia 2012 start list

Giro d’Italia 2012: TV guide



Giro d’Italia 2012: British Eurosport TV schedule

Related links



Giro d’Italia 2012: The Big Preview



Cycling Weekly’s Giro d’Italia section

 

  • William Hirst

    Farnese Vini (Great Britain)??????????????? I am very puzzled. I understood when Barloworld registered in Britain because they were an English speaking team, but I assume Farnese Vini are Italian. What is that about?