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GIRO’20 Stage 1: TT and Pink for Galloping Ganna!

The Giro d'Italia stage 1

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Stage 1 Race Report: The second Grand Tour of the Covid-19 adjusted season, the Giro d’Italia, rolled down the starting ramp in Palermo on Saturday afternoon. No surprise as World time trial champion, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) won the stage and pulled on the first pink jersey of 2020.

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Filippo Ganna: €25K bike – Pink jersey

Filippo Ganna is the first winner in this year’s Giro d’Italia. The INEOS Grenadiers rider was the fastest on the 15-kilometre time trial in Sicily. The reigning World champion set a time of 15 minutes and 24 seconds, beating João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates), both at 22 seconds.

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First man off, Alex Dowsett

This ITT is played out entirely on city roads. Starting in Monreale, the route goes up, heading for the cathedral (running in an underpass/tunnel for 20m), then takes a fast-running descent into the centre of Palermo. At the end of the descent, the route takes a left-hand turn (intermediate time recording); the second part of the stage features long straight stretches connected by wide bends. The route rises for 1km and descends for 3km, so the profile is basically level, with some false-flat drags (sometimes going up, sometimes going down).

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Stage 1 profile

The last 2,700m run straight along Via della Libertà, all the way to the finish. The final kilometres run flat all the way to the finish line, which sits on 7m wide tarmac.

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Palermo in the distance

Stage 1 was mostly downhill and the weather conditions would help the fast men with a strong wind, mostly from behind. The main problem was that parts of the course were very slippery.

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Crash for Campenaerts

The road surface caused a very crash prone start to the Giro. World hour record holder Victor Campenaerts went down during his ride against the clock. As one of the favourites for victory he had to shelve his pink dream.

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Peter Sagan

João Almeida, who started thirteenth, set a fast target time and sat on the ‘hot-seat’ for a fairly long period of time. Former World champion, Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) looked fast, but his time was not enough to get in the top-ten.

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‘The Shark’ in Palermo

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Best of the GC men – Geraint Thomas

Giro debutant Luca Covili had a complete disaster. The 23-year-old Italian from Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè had to change bikes twice and finished outside the time limit.

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Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s GC hope – James Knox

Filippo Ganna lived up to his favourite tag and went under Almeida’s time by 22 seconds. Imola’s World champion finished with an average speed of 58.831kph, just short of Rik Verbrugghe’s Giro record. The Italian did reached a maximum speed of 106kph during the race.

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The World TT champion – Filippo Ganna

Astana rider Miguel Ángel López was the most unlucky rider of the day. He lost control of his bike and crashed into the crowd-barriers at high speed and was unable to continue. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) also got off to a bad start and finished at 2:19 to Ganna. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had a good ride, finishing at 49 seconds. But the best placed GC rider was Ganna’s teammate, Geraint Thomas in 4th at 23 seconds.

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GC hopeful, Kruijswijk finished at 1:44

Ganna’s time could not be improved, and the Italian took his fourth time trial victory of the season and for the first time since 2011, with Pinotti, an Italian pulled on the pink jersey after the first day.

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Stage winner and first 2020 pink jersey for Ganna

Stage winner and overall leader, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers): “Today I knew was one of the hot favourites but I tried to stay calm. We did it, what a great result and what a thrill to wear the Maglia Rosa on my first Giro, which is a good omen for the rest of the race.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 1 Result:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 15:24
2. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:22
3. Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
4. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:23
5. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:31
6. Josef Černý (Cze) CCC at 0:36
7. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:40
8. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Pro Cycling at 0:41
9. Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ at 0:42
10. Matthias Brändle (Aust) Israel Start-Up Nation
11. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-McLaren
12. Jos Van Emden (Ned) at Jumbo-Visma
13. Chad Haga (USA) Sunweb at 0:44
14. Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
15. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers at 0:48
16. Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Sunweb
17. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:49
18. Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling
19. Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC at 0:50
20. Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:51
21. Nico Denz (Ger) Sunweb at 0:55
22. Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Sunweb
23. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb at 0:58
24. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:59
25. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 1:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 15:24
2. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:22
3. Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
4. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:23
5. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:31
6. Josef Černý (Cze) CCC at 0:36
7. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling at 0:40
8. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Pro Cycling at 0:41
9. Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ at 0:42
10. Matthias Brändle (Aust) Israel Start-Up Nation
11. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-McLaren
12. Jos Van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
13. Chad Haga (USA) Sunweb at 0:44
14. Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
15. Rohan Dennis (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:48
16. Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Sunweb
17. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:49
18. Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling
19. Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC at 0:50
20. Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:51
21. Nico Denz (Ger) Sunweb at 0:55
22. Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Sunweb
23. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb at 0:58
24. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 0:59
25. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren.

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