08 March 2017


BMC Racing Team won the first stage of the 52nd edition of the Race of the Two Seas, a 22.7km Team Time Trial, ahead of Quick-Step Floors and FDJ, at the record average speed of 58.329kph (breaking their own previous record of 56.947kph set last year). The Italian rider Damiano Caruso is the first leader of the GC and was awarded the Maglia Azzurra, by NamedSport.

1 – BMC Racing Team 22.7km in 23’21”, average speed 58.329kph
2 – Quick-Step Floors at 16″
3 – Movistar Team at 21″


1 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) s.t.


  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), general classification leader, sponsored by NamedSport – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Selle Italia – Stefan Kung (BMC Racing Team)
  • Maglia Rossa (red), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by FSA – not assigned
  • Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Snello Rovagnati – not assigned
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the first Maglia Azzurra winner, Damiano Caruso, said: “Most of us are time trial specialists. We won like last year but faster than last year because we have two new riders in the team, Stefan Kung and Rohan Dennis who are really fast against the clock. They have made that difference today compared to last year. Maybe the weather conditions have also helped for a faster time. At the end I was first on the line, which enables me to wear the leader’s jersey – it’s a great honour. Racing at home in Italy with that jersey will be special. We’ll see how far I can go with it. We’re also racing for our leader Tejay van Garderen.”