Liquigas wins team time trial; Nibali in lead

Italy (AP) - The Liquigas team won a time trial and Vincenzo Nibali took the overall leader's pink jersey Wednesday when the Giro d'Italia returned to Italy after opening with three stages in Netherlands.

Liquigas clocked 36 minutes, 37 seconds over the 20.5-mile route from Savigliano to Cuneo. The British SKY team was second, 13 seconds behind, and HTC-Columbia placed third, 21 seconds back.

Nibali leads the overall standings by 13 seconds over teammate Ivan Basso, the 2006 winner. Previous leader Alexandre Vinokourov dropped to sixth overall, 33 seconds behind. Vinokourov's Astana team finished fifth, 38 seconds behind Liquigas.

The BMC squad finished 12th, 1:21 behind, leaving world champion Cadel Evans 27th overall - 1:59 behind; while former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre is 32nd overall - 2:13 back.

Nibali was a late addition to Liquigas' Giro lineup when Franco Pellizotti failed the UCI's biological passport program.

"I was sitting at home, so I owe everything to the team," Nibali said. "It was great team work today. We put down a great time. I don't know if I can keep this jersey until the end, but I feel like I'm in good form."

Thursday's fifth stage is a mostly flat 101-mile route from Novara to Novi Ligure.

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