Kathi, Luke and Euan preview the Giro d’Italia, looking at the riders to watch, the stages not to miss and ask the controversial question: is this Giro going to be any good?
Stage 2 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia saw the peloton take to the road for a simple-ish day which ended in a much anticipated bunch sprint. Would it be Fernando Gaviria or Elia Viviani? Well, that was a script that Bora-hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann didn’t read, as he took his first Grand Tour win in a fiercely contested bunch sprint that saw him outpower Vivz and Caleb Ewan. There was only a minor shuffle at the bottom of the GC top 10 so Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) wears pink for another day.
It was an 8.2km opening ITT in the beautiful city of Bologna for Giro 2019. Not a lot of surprises – Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) wins comfortably, with Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) as second and third respectively. I suspect the only surprise was how skinny Tom Dumoulin was! And that he only came fifth. But no matter what, the Giro has started and for us, that’s worth celebrating.