LIDO DI CAMAIORE, Italy — British rider Mark Cavendish crossed the finish line with ripped clothes and blood on his face after crashing during the opening team time trial on Wednesday at the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race.
He was taken to the hospital after finishing his race. Cavendish, who had only just returned to racing after a concussion following a crash in the opening stage of last month’s Abu Dhabi Tour, went down hard after hitting a pothole.
Italian rider Damiano Caruso took the lead in the race after his BMC team won the team time trial.
The BMC team completed the 21.5-kilometer (13.3-mile) stage in 22 minutes, 19 seconds — four seconds ahead of Mitchelton-Scott, which set up Adam Yates for a good start in the overall battle.
The time is taken from the fifth team rider to cross the line. Just like last year, Caruso was first over the line for BMC and takes the leader’s jersey.
Team Sky was third, nine seconds behind BMC. Team Sunweb was favored for the stage but leader Tom Dumoulin had a cold and the team eventually finished fifth, behind Quick-Step Floors.
Thursday’s second stage is a 167-kilometer (103.8-mile) route from Camaiore to Follonica.
The race ends on March 13 with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.