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“If I could chop the front of this jersey into nine pieces and share it amongst my teammates I would,” Gerrans said.

Simon Gerrans has added the Maglia Rosa to his palmares, claiming the coveted ‘pink’ jersey courtesy of a team time trial victory to ORICA-GreenEDGE in the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia this afternoon.

Gerrans led the Australian outfit over the finish line of the 17.6km stage in a time of 19minutes 26seconds, seven seconds faster than Tinkoff-Saxo who posted the second quickest time of the day.

Solidifying the mateship within the group, the 34-year-old was quick to credit his teammates in the proud moment.

“If I could chop the front of this jersey into nine pieces and share it amongst my teammates I would,” Gerrans said.

“Then the back of the jersey needs to be chopped into about 50 pieces for everyone involved in the ORICA-GreenEDGE organisation because it’s a real credit to everybody within the team that we have these successes.

“It was fantastic to win today, knowing that we were the big favourites, and the reason we won was that everyone committed to the plan at the beginning of the day.”

Gerrans was notified prior to the start of the team’s commitment to put him in the lead should a much wanted stage victory occur.

“It wasn’t brought up in conversation until just before the stage when our team director Matthew White said that I was to cross the line first,” Gerrans explained. 

“I think there were two reasons. The first was that we have some really strong team time trial specialists whose job was to ride until a couple of kilometres to go, and then peel off, leaving a group of guys with a better chance of holding onto the jersey for a few days.”

And finally for the Australian, it was a sign that the tides were turning in his favour after a rough start to the 2015 season.

“I’ve had a difficult start to this year but I said all along things can change really quickly and I can’t think of a better way,” Gerrans said.

“I sometimes feel that I’m always coming back from a setback or an injury. I missed my first objective of the season, the Tour Down Under, and then in Strade Bianche I had another setback, which meant that I didn’t get to my second objective of the season, the Ardennes classics, in the best condition.

“I worked for my team-mates and now I’m getting some payback for that work. I’m hoping I can get some good results, and that my bad luck is over.”

The Giro d’Italia continues tomorrow with a relatively flat 177km stage from Albenga to Genova.