This is a hard stage to write about. What should have been a joyous stage review discussing the boringness of the first sprint stage of the Tour de France, the lovely chateaux of Brittany, and fitted-sheet videos turned into a nightmarish finish filled with one horrendous crash after another. Before we get into that discussion, allow us to celebrate Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) for winning his first-ever Tour de France stage in his debut at the event! Mathieu van der Poel keeps yellow for another day.
It was a strange week in cycling – namely because one didn’t know what to expect at the start of each stage of the Tour de Romandie. But apparently, it’s like the Tour de France … [right, sure, yeah]. We also have a sneak preview of what the Worlds 2025 might look like with the Tour de Rwanda. And we collect the Giro startlists and team tweets as they talk all big and bad.
It’s the first week of October in the Year of Our Lord 2020 so OF COURSE it’s stage 1 of the Giro! The fight for pink opened with a tricksy time trial on tricksy downhill roads, with a tricksy wind to catch the unwary. No autumnal squall was going to put new time trial world champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) off his pedal stroke. The Italian purred like a panther through the streets of Palermo to take stage victory and switch his rainbow skinsuit for the maglia rosa. Fellow Grand Tour debutants Joao Almeida (Deceuninck Quickstep) and Mikkel Bjerg (UAE-Team Emirates) rounded out the podium, both at 22 seconds down.