It was a case of deja vu of stage 2 as Esteban Chaves lit up today’s final few kilometres once again, with Tom Dumoulin, Dan Martin and Nico Roche in hot pursuit. But the young Colombian kept his nerve on the steep climb to the finish for another popular victory – and enough time to take the red jersey back after one day in the possession of Dumoulin.
Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE) delivered what he has been threatening all season, his first WorldTour victory, at a Grand Tour to boot, and showing a clean pair of heels to John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). The uphill finish produced some splits in the peloton allowing Tom Dumoulin to snatch the overall lead by just one second.
Orica-GreenEDGE won the Giro d’Italia‘s opening time trial for the second year in succession, holding off Alberto Contador’s Tinkoff-Saxo and Fabio Aru’s Astana teams to put Simon Gerrans in to the first pink jersey of this year’s race.