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The TTT was a great way to start this race: On the Kurfürstendamm in the middle of Berlin - I've lost count of the number of people who asked me just what was going on here (and I happily explained it to them).

#bmc BMC Devo were the strongest over the 6.3 km, but only just: #awt Klein Constantia, #trefor Team TREFOR, and #teamca Team Race Clean all finished only one second behind.

On the podium, #bmc Bas Tietema dedicated their win to Gijs Verdick. The Dutchman was scheduled to ride this race with #piels Cyclingteam Jo Piels, but passed away at the start of the week after a heart attack at the Carpathian Couriers Race and was being laid to rest today. #piels understandably pulled out of the race.

Pre-race favourite #trefor Mads Würtz suffered some sort of bad luck and apparently finished way behind his teammates - he's listed as dead last on GC now. Time will tell if he has fire in his belly and takes his revenge on the coming days was registered as having lost over two minutes on the TTT, but he didn't.

1 #bmc BMC Development Team 7:23
2 #awt Klein Constantia 7:24
3 #trefor Team TREFOR 7:24
4 *ca Team Race Clean 7:24
5 #kuota Team Kuota - Lotto 7:28
6 #seg SEG Racing Academy 7:29
7 #soigneur Team Soigneur - Copenhagen Pro Cycling 7:35
8 *de P&S Team Thüringen 7:36
9 *be Baguet - MIBA - Indulek - Derito 7:37
10 #teamde German National Team 7:38
11 #colorcode Color Code - Arden Beef 7:38
12 #heizomat Team Heizomat 7:38
13 #lkt LKT Team Brandenburg 7:39
14 *de KED Stevens Radteam Berlin 7:40
15 #teamch Swiss National Team 7:40
16 *nl NWVG Fila Nijwa Trucks 7:43
17 *de Matrix Racing Team 7:45
18 *de LV Berlin 7:54
19 *de Team Sauerland NRW p/b Henley & Partners 7:57
20 *de Cyclingteam Sachsen 8:01
21 #wsa WSA - Greenlife 8:07
22 *de Fachklinik Dr. Herzog 8:21

The race continues tomorrow at 8 am (that's in less than 10 hours) with a 16-lap, 121.6 km road stage. The finishing straight is uphill, so it won't be a straightforward affair.
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