2020 Giro: world time trial champion Ganna tugs on first pink jersey after chrono opener

New world time champion Filippo Ganna became the first Italian to pull on the first pink jersey of a Giro d’Italia since 2001 after his victory in Saturday’s opening stage of the 2020 edition in Sicily. Geraint Thomas was the best of the GC contenders, with most of his rivals finishing over a minute back of him, and Simon Yates the closest at 26-seconds slower.

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The Course

The Sicilian opener was 15.1-km long and started with a downhill before a flat finish into Palermo. It wasn’t a simple one, as it was very windy, and the later starters received worse conditions.

The hot seat was a busy place after the start with several riders posting the best time. Quick Step’s Portuguese rider João Almeida sat in the throne for a while with 15:46.16.

After the launch of its extremely busy, special-for-the-Giro kit on Thursday, EF Pro Cycling was sure to get more attention with its playful ducky helmets and can’t-miss-them cars.

A few riders crashed, including Angel “Superman” Lopez and chrono master Victor Campenaerts, the latter of whom was on a good ride. Lopez left the race in an ambulance.

Geraint Thomas started his bid for pink in Milan with a great time of 15:47.76.

But it would be Thomas’s Ineos Grenadier teammate and new world champion Filippo Ganna bumping Almeida off the hot seat with 15:24.08.

Canada’s sole entrant, Alexander Cataford of Israel Start-up Nation, stopped the clock at 17:27.34.

In the GC battle, Simon Yates was the only contender within a minute of Thomas, who was fourth place on the day.

Gerant Thomas 15:47
Simon Yates +0:26
Wilco Kelderman +1:05
Vincenzo Nibali +1:06
Steven Kruijswijk +1:21
Jakob Fuglsang +1:24
Rafal Majka +1:37

2020 Giro d’Italia Stage 1 and GC
1) Filippo Ganna (Italy/Ineos) 15:24
2) João Almeida (Portugal/Deceuninck-Quick Step) +0:22
3) Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark/UAE-Emirates) s.t.
124) Alexander Cataford (Canada/Israel Start-up Nation) +2:03

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Credits : cyclingmagazine.ca

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