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.
A crazy final 30 kilometres brought five men to the fore to sprint it out for the Liège victory. The five were of top quality: World champion Julian Alaphilippe, four time Liège winner Alejandro Valverde, Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, French hope David Gaudu and Canadian Michael Woods. It was the Slovenian 'wonder boy' Pogačar who disappointed the others in Liège.
The World champion, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) made no mistakes on the climb of the Mur de Huy to beat Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) to the line. With an explosive jump the Frenchman took a length out of the Slovenian. The 'old man' Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was third.
The oldest Monument on the race calendar - Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be run this Sunday and, as always, it brings out a mix of Grand Tour riders and the hilly Classics specialist fro a royal Walloon battle. Ed Hood has a look at the route, history and who is hot for the ‘the longest serving, most experienced lady’.
I believe the photo finish camera was incorrectly placed during the Amstel Gold race, which lead to the longer than usual time to confirm the race winner from the photo finish. I am reaching out to a number of contacts with my evidence, but if you are able to please pass this on to Tom, Ineos, race organisers, I believe Tom may have in fact been the winner and that an investigation should take place.