We expected a change on the overall today, but the race was turned upside down on the steep slopes to Sestola. The big break of the day went all the way to the finish and it was UAE Team Emirates' Joe Dombrowski who fought through the rain to win the stage. Alessandro De Marchi came in just behind to take the pink jersey for the Israel Start up Nation.
Who was more surprised today - The peloton or the stage winner himself, Taco van der Hoorn? BORA-hansgrohe chased all day for a Peter Sagan win, but it was Van der Hoorn who dropped the break and solo'd to the finish in Canale for a big win for the Dutchman and his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team.
The 2021 Giro d'Italia started with a bang as Filippo Ganna stormed through the streets of Torino at nearly 60 kilometers per hour to take the first pink jersey. Spencer Martin 'Breaks-down' the weekend's racing and looks at the implications for the next weeks in the Italian Grand Tour.
After the excitement and speed of Saturday's opening stage 1 time trial, Stage 2 was definitely 'piano piano'. A break of three became two and they were caught with less than 30 kilometres to go, then it was all down to the sprinters and their teams. In a scrappy finalé, Alpecin-Fenix fastman Tim Merlier showed his speed, beating Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani. Filippo Ganna held his pink jersey.
Stunningly fast Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) took 10 seconds out of the second placed rider, Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) to win stage 1 and take the first pink jersey of the 2021 Giro d'Italia in Torino. 58.7 kilometres per hour for 8.6 kilometres!
The first Grand Tour of the year - the Giro d'Italia starts on Saturday. The 'Tifosi' know what a real race is all about and so does PEZman Ed Hood, it wouldn't be a Grand Tour without his route insight, race stats and 'who's HOT for the pink race'.
The Tour de Romandie was hit by bad weather, but the race held the excitement all the way to the final time trial. Spencer Martin gives us his 'Breakdown' on the Swiss race and looks forward to the 2021 Giro d'Italia, starting this Saturday.
The 'new guard' has definitely taken over as Tour winner Tadej Pogačar showed how to finish off a monument on Sunday. World champion Julian Alaphilippe and fellow Frenchman, and recent revelation, David Gaudu joined the Slovenian on the podium, leaving the 'old men' off the top steps. Spencer Martin Breaks-down 2021 Liège-Bastogne-Liège.