After becoming a surprise victor exactly twelve months ago by beating Wiggins, Martin and Cancellara over the same 10km course that will close the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico, Adriano Malori has tasted the flavor of success again on Wednesday with a short victory over the Swiss rider in the 5.7km prologue of the 'Race of the Two Seas' in Lido di Camaiore. The Italian champion from the Movistar Team tackled the initial disadvantage of a course almost tailor-made for explosive riders -6'02" was the lapse between his start and finish- and completed a 53kph ride to overcome Australian Matthias Brändle (IAM) and hold the charge of the main GC favourites -with Nairo Quintana conceding 11" to Urán, 10" to Nibali and only 2" against Contador, with Rodríguez 10" behind-.

By only one second, Malori claimed his second success of the season -after winning the TT in the Tour de San Luis and losing by only 0.403 to Tony Martin in Algarve-, the 16th in his pro career and the eighth by the Movistar Team, the only WorldTour squad to have scored success in two different top-tier events so far in 2015. The Italian and his team-mates will now take on two predictable sprint finishes -Thursday's route leading the peloton to Cascina over 153km from Camaiore-, before the Appennines sort things out between the race contenders on Saturday and Sunday.