photo credits @ Giro d’Italia
Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) won today’s opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia, storming to victory along the 15.1 kilometer course with the fastest time of 15:24 to claim the race’s first maglia rosa (pink jersey).
Meanwhile, Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) rounded out the podium in second and third place respectively.
Ganna reached speeds just shy of 106kmph on an extremely fast course that featured long straights and predominately downhill gradients.
Ganna’s Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas also enjoyed an excellent day on the streets of Palermo, taking time out of all of his expected General Classification rivals on the first of three time trials in the three-week Italian Grand Tour.
Race hopeful Simon Yates finished 26 seconds down on Thomas, a ride he said he was happy with.
“I did what I can, it’s not a course that’s good for me,” Yates said after finishing his ride.
Things did not go so well for Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), who crashed badly just ahead of the second checkpoint, while riders like Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) failed to eclipse Ganna’s time, in some cases conceding almost a minute and a half to the World Time Trial Champion.
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