It was the opening stages of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and the Twitterstream turned pink. We had time trials, trash talk, sprint relegations, duelling roommates, Peter Sagan‘s new hair, a sewing Cancellara and oh so much more! This baby is PACKED TO THE GILLS!
Stage 3 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia culminated in a chaotic sprint into a ferocious headwind. The results show Fernando Gaviria (UAE Emirates) as the victor but only after the first man across the line – Elia Viviani (QuickStep) – was relegated for irregular sprinting. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) finished second and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), who lit the blue touchpaper too early, claimed the third step. In a stressful finale Ineos’ Tao Geoghegan Hart was caught behind a crash and lost a minute and half, dropping out of the top ten. The pink jersey stays firmly on the shoulders of Primoz Roglic,
First week of Le Tour and it’s the usual up-down-left-right chaos. Nerves a-jangling for the GC favourites – take it as read there were incidents and accidents on every stage. Fast muscles a-twitching for the sprinters, and boy did they have a LOT of opportunities. And at the end of it all an appointment with the hallowed Roubaix pavé for the Tour’s very own A Sunday in Hell.