The Australian team, who caused chaos when their bus crashed into the finish line gantry on stage one of the 100th Tour de France, won their second consecutive stage and put former Team Sky rider Simon Gerrans into the yellow jersey.
Their time of 25 minutes 56 seconds for the 25 kilometre course around Nice was just one second faster than Mark Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad and three seconds better than Team Sky, who will both wonder if they might have won were it not for some key injuries resulting from that opening day carnage.
For Omega Pharma-Quick Step, the world team time trial champions, individual world time trial champion Tony Martin put in a fine ride considering the catalogue of injuries he suffered in Bastia, while Team Sky's Geraint Thomas seemed to once again defy medical logic as he kept up with his team-mates despite riding on a cracked pelvis.
Even so, Orica were the ones celebrating tonight as they doubled up 24 hours after winning their first ever Tour de France stage.
And there was nothing lucky about their win as they recorded an average speed of 57.8 kilometres per hour, the fastest ever team time trial in any of cycling's Grand Tours.
"We're thrilled to have won the stage," Gerrans said. "It's a fantastic feeling to win with the whole team.
"Everyone was fully committed and there were no weaklings in our team. To take the yellow jersey as well is a massive bonus."
Weaklings were in short supply among the teams in second and third as well.
On Saturday, Martin suffered a concussion, lung contusion, and a 5cm wide cut in his left arm which went down to the muscle - with so much skin missing it could not be sewn up.
And yet still the German was riding flat out as the Belgian team set the early pace.
When Team Sky set off, the question was how far Thomas could go after two gruelling days on Corsica - with the Welshman having already clocked eight hours in the saddle since suffering his injury.
He was expected to quickly fall off the back of the Sky train, but instead kept up until the final kilometre.
"Geraint's is the heroic story of the day," said team leader and Tour favourite Chris Froome. "Not only managing to hang on but then he did some pretty solid turns out there. That definitely helped us."
Thomas admitted he surprised himself with the performance, but once he had found a rhythm adrenalin kept him going.
"My race was to get to the promenade after a kilometre and then when I made it there with the team I was buzzing off that and managed to give it what I had," he said.
"I was shouting at a lot of (my team-mates) at the end, we just had to give it everything, we were all full gas trying to encourage each other at the end, and I think we can be proud of that."
Tuesday's result is an ideal scenario for Team Sky, with Froome only three seconds off the overall lead but without the burden of defending the yellow jersey at such an early stage.
"I think it's perfect," said Thomas. "Of course we'd have liked to have won and be stood on that podium now getting the kisses and the flowers, but at the end of the day it means we don't have to ride on the front.
"It gives me two days to really recover."
Alberto Contador's Team Saxo-Tinkoff finished in fourth place, nine seconds behind Orica GreenEdge, to keep the Spaniard well in touch with Froome.
If they had found a way to win, Ireland's Nicolas Roche - son of former Tour winner Stephen - would have taken the yellow jersey, but it was not to be.
Nor was it David Millar's day.
The Garmin-Sharp veteran had hopes of wearing yellow after coming so desperately close on stage two, when the peloton were a fraction of a wheel away from recording the same time as stage winner Jan Bakelants - the difference enough to put the Belgian in the maillot jaune instead.
However, his Garmin-Sharp squad finished 17 seconds down, while Bakelants and his RadioShack Leopard squad could only managed 11th, 29 seconds back.
Gerrans becomes only the sixth Australian to ever wear the yellow jersey, following Stuart O'Grady, Brad McGee, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans and his mentor, Phil Anderson.