Team Sky won the team time trial at Coppi e Bartali to move Chris Lawless up to third overall.
On a day which featured two stages, 1a and 1b, Lawless was the highest-placed Team Sky rider on stage 1a, with Pascal Eenkhorn (Lotto Soudal) the breakaway winner in the morning.
Lawless was fourth overall heading into the TTT on stage 1b which Team Sky won comfortably by 10 seconds from CCC Sprandi Polkowice who were second and Mitchelton-Scott who finished with the same time difference in third.
The Team Sky six featured three riders who recorded their first wins as a pro, with Lawless, Leonardo Basso and Pavel Sivakov all enjoying maiden professional victories.
Lawless was happy with the overall team performance, but was critical of his own display in the morning stage and is looking towards stage three for another sprint opportunity.
He told TeamSky.com: “It was a good circuit for a break and they managed to stay away and we knew we needed to save our legs for the afternoon as the team time trial would be tough.
“I actually felt I didn’t get the most out of myself [in the bunch sprint on stage 1a] but I’m more hopeful for stage three and hopefully I will go better in the sprint.”
He added: “We’ve got a strong team, with Diego [Rosa] and Pavel [Sivakov] going really well in the team time trial so we’re confident of closing the gap.”
Stage 1b result
1. Team Sky 14:44
2. CCC Sprandi Polowice +10”
3. Mitchelton Scott s.t.
4. Team LottoNL-Jumbo +11”
5. Trek-Segafredo +13”