Australian rider Michael Hepburn pulled on the Tirreno-Adriatico leader’s blue jersey after his Mitchelton-Scott outfit won a crash-marred opening team time-trial stage at Lido di Camaiorein Tuscany.

Hepburn’s team narrowly avoided an accident one kilometre from the line when a woman walking her dog on a leash crossed in front of the riders.

Earlier two riders from the German Bora-Hansgrohe team had collided at speed in wet conditions with a pedestrian who crossed the road.

The man seemingly didn’t notice he was crossing the road in the middle of the circuit set up around the city and was collected at high speed by two riders.

Italy’s Oscar Gatto and Poland’s Rafal Majka finished the race, but suffered bruising, with the team ending the day in 20th position.



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