The first day of racing at the Coppi e Bartali saw riders tackle the short road stage early this morning with a team time trial in the afternoon. Team Sky came away as the big winners on the day as their sprinter Ben Swift won stage 1a and then their team also went on to claim victory in the afternoon TTT. Stage 1a 7 riders would escape after around 30km of racing and reach a maximum lead of just over 2’30”. Heading towards the 2 climbs of the day, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and Team Sky would take control of the peloton. The fast pace set.