Three stages, three different finishes and three joyful riders on the maglia rosa podium. Missed anything of the grande partenza in Sardinia? Don’t fret we’ve got you covered for all the highlights and more in our first Giro Final KM round up.
The opening stage started out brilliantly for BORA-Hannsgrohe as Cesare Benedetti ensured them the King of the Mountain jersey. Then it just got better as Lukas Postlberger out-jumped the sprinters and soloed to pink for his first professional win in his first Grand Tour.
Second longest stage in the Giro with Liege-Bastogne-Liege amounts of climbing produced a looooooong day in the saddle for riders, commentators and fans. But man WHAT A FINISH! The pink jersey mixed it up with fast men, Caleb Ewan (ORICA_Scott) had a nightmare unclip moment, but it was Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel pace and power that took him to the line first #GoGoGreipel WE LOVE HIM
Would there be crosswinds? That was the question on everyone’s lips at the start of the day. Just short of four hours later we had our answer. YES there were, and OF COURSE it would be the masters of the echelon Quick Step Floors who gave everyone a masterclass. Stage win and pink for young Colombian fast man Fernando Gaviria, and some valuable bonus seconds for GC hopeful Bob Jungels.
VeloVoice Sheree has been on the ground in Sardinia. Don’t miss her interview with our #YoungDude for the Giro – Trek-Segafredo’s Dane Mads Pederesen. So far he’s been super-strong on the front of the bunch and keeping his leaders out of trouble and in the right place at the right time.
Tales of the Giro #1
HUZZAH! ORICA-Scott’s Back Stage Pass is back. It’s a little different and comes into two parts but that’s just twice the fun. Look out for the posts on their Twitter
Tales of the Giro #2
A Grand Tour is not just about what happens on the stage – as this wonderful tale of sheep herding and bus manoeuvring in the Sardinian hinterland portrays.
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