Too strong for the competition, the Italian Filippo Ganna won this Saturday the first stage of the Tour of Italy, a time trial in the city of Turin. A solitary exercise specialist, he puts on the leader’s pink jersey.
Filippo Ganna is the first leader of the 104th edition of the Giro. The 24-year-old Italian rider (Ineos) won this Saturday in Turin the inaugural time trial of this Tour of Italy, 8,600 meters long. The world champion in the discipline hit hard to win the right to don the pink jersey, he who won four stages of the Giro last year. Aerial, he won in front of his compatriot Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma), pushed back to ten seconds. Auvergnat Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), who hoped to be the first Frenchman to wear the pink leader’s jersey since Laurent Jalabert in 1999, failed in fifth place.
Evenepoel in shape
Among the favorites for the final victory, the Russian climber Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) showed that he was in good shape by finishing 11th. Just like the Belgian prodigy Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick Step), at the start of his first Grand Tour, nine months after his terrible fall and serious injury during the Tour of Lombardy. Especially expected in free spirit over the three weeks of the race, or even better if he feels capable of playing the leading roles overall, he finished 7th, 19 seconds behind the winner of the day.
Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Hugh Carthy (Education-Nippo), Simon Yates (BikeExchange) and Egan Bernal (Ineos) finished about 30 seconds behind Ganna. Romain Bardet (DSM), who carries French hopes in the absence of Thibaut Pinot, had to settle for 91st place, at 52 seconds.
This time was the first act of a weekend which will continue on Sunday with a stage in the plain, between Stupinigi and Novare, intended for sprinters. Dylan Groenewegen, back in the field after serving a nine-month suspension for Fabio Jakobsen’s crash last summer on the Tour of Poland, will be heavily watched. The Dutchman will fight with Caleb Ewan, Peter Sagan or even Fernando Gaviria.