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2020 Giro d'Italia

103rd edition: May 9 - 31 Oct 3 - 25, 2020
Stage 1: October 3, 2020

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Saturday, October 3: Stage 1, Monreale - Palermo 15.1 km individual time trial

Stage 1 map & profile | Stage 1 photos

Filippo Ganna

Stage one winner Filippo Ganna will trade his Rainbow Jersey for a Maglia Rosa. Sirotti photo

Weather at the finish city of Palermo at 1:45 PM, local time: 37C (99F), fair, with the wind from the south at 35 km/hr (22 mph). There is a 5% chance of rain. It hasn't rained in a while, so the roads will have oil on them, making them slippery. Add in the wind and crashes are inevitable as riders push their difficult to handle time trial machines to the limit.

The race: Here is the organizer's stage one summary.

The astonishing downturn in the average age of cycling’s top riders continued in today’s stage, as the 24-year-old Filippo Ganna finished ahead of two even younger riders: the 22-year-old João Almeida (DQT), third in the Vuelta a Burgos in August, and the 21-year-old Mikkel Bjerg (UAE), three times the world under-23 time trial champion.

Resplendent in the rainbow jersey he won at Imola on 25 September, Ganna was only 11th through the first split at km 1.1, at a Category 4 climb where, bizarrely, the sprinters Rick Zabel, Peter Sagan, Davide Ballerini and Simon Guglielmi, set the best times. Then, on the 8.3 km descent, it was all about power, and Ganna pushed an enormous, 60×11 gear, through the second timing point at km 9.4 with a handsome margin of 11 seconds, and finished with a comfortable winning margin of 22 seconds.

But it was anything but a straightforward day of racing. Gusts of scirocco and rough Sicilian roads made it an unpredictable stage. Rohan Dennis spent much of his ride clinging to the drops as he endeavoured to stay in a straight line. Victor Campanaerts bounced off his bike on a corner. Miguel Angel López hit a bump while changing the position of his hands. He lost control and careered off sideways into the barriers. Two weeks after finishing 6th in the Tour, he probably wasn’t going to finish the Giro anyway, but leaving it in an ambulance cannot have been among his plans. He was the only abandon of the day.

Fourth today was the first of the GC hopefuls, Geraint Thomas. Despite starting only 22 minutes after his team-mate Dennis, his time of 15m47s for the 15.1 km course set the benchmark for the other aspirants. The other Brit among them, Simon Yates, had a serendipitous start time inside the first hour – before the wind got up – and finished just 26 seconds behind the Welshman. Jakob Fuglsang and Vincenzo Nibali started a minute apart, two hours after Yates, with Kruijswijk a few minutes later. Nibali conceded 1’06” to Thomas, Kruijswijk, 1’21”, Fuglsang 1’24”.

Today’s start town, Monreale, is a monument to the brief, historic interlude of Norman-French Sicily omn the leventh and twelfth centuries. Roger I welded this very heterogenous island into a single nation. The Greeks, those accomplished sailors, ran the Navy. The Arabs, with their great mathematical skills, ran the treasury. Greek, Arabic, Norman-French and Latin were all official languages: Roger could speak all of them. All these different cultural influences are evident today in its architecture, tasted in its food and heard in its music.

But Monreale has only produced one professional cyclist: on 14 May 1955, Monreale-born Guido Messina, the reigning world individual pursuit champion, took the Maglia Rosa after winning stage one from Milan to Turin, over 163 km. It turned out to be the best of omens for 2020 world IP champion Filippo Ganna, who will wear the Maglia Rosa in tomorrow’s stage from Alcamo to Agrigento.

Complete Results:

Stage 1 photos

176 starters, 174 classified finishers

15.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 58.831 km/hr

1 Filippo Ganna INEOS Grenadiers 15min 24sec
2 Joao Almeida Deceuninck-Quick Step @ 22sec
3 Mikkel Bjerg UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
4 Geraint Thomas INEOS Grenadiers 0:23
5 Tobias Foss Jumbo-Visma 0:31
6 Josef Černý CCC Team 0:36
7 Matteo Sobrero NTT Pro Cycling 0:40
8 Lawson Craddock EF Pro Cycling 0:41
9 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 0:42
10 Matthias Brändle Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
11 Jan Tratnik Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
12 Jos Van Emden Jumbo-Visma s.t.
13 Chad Haga Team Sunweb 0:44
14 Michael Hepburn Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
15 Rohan Dennis INEOS Grenadiers 0:48
16 Martijn Tusveld Team Sunweb s.t.
17 Simon Yates Mitchelton-Scott 0:49
18 Tanel Kangert EF Pro Cycling s.t.
19 Kamil Gradek CCC Team 0:50
20 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step 0:51
21 Nico Denz Team Sunweb 0:55
22 Chris Hamilton Team Sunweb s.t.
23 Michael Matthews Team Sunweb 0:58
24 Brandon McNulty UAE-Team Emirates 0:59
25 Pello Bilbao Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
26 Ben O'Connor NTT Pro Cycling 1:00
27 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal 1:02
28 Chris Harper Jumbo-Visma 1:03
29 Lawrence Warbasse Ag2r La Mondiale 1:04
30 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
31 Tony Gallopin Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
32 Davide Ballerini Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:06
33 James Whelan EF Pro Cycling s.t.
34 Sean Bennett EF Pro Cycling s.t.
35 Jonathan Castroviejo INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
36 Victor Campenaerts NTT Pro Cycling 1:07
37 Mikkel Honore Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:08
38 Diego Ulissi UAE-Team Emirates 1:09
39 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
40 Jonathan Caicedo EF Pro Cycling 1:10
41 Sam Oomen Team Sunweb 1:11
42 Fabio Felline Astana 1:13
43 James Knox Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
44 Maciej Bodnar Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
45 Pawel Poljanski Bora-Hansgrohe 1:15
46 Jai Hindley Team Sunweb s.t.
47 Christoph Pfingsten Jumbo-Visma 1:16
48 Brent Bookwalter Mitchelton-Scott 1:18
49 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
50 Fernando Gaviria UAE-Team Emirates 1:19
51 Patrick Gamper Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
52 Cesare Benedetti Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
53 Valerio Conti UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
54 Aleksander Vlasov Astana 1:20
55 Koen Bouwman Jumbo-Visma s.t.
56 Manuele Boaro Astana s.t.
57 Gianluca Brambilla Trek-Segafredo 1:21
58 Ben Gastauer Ag2r La Mondiale 1:22
59 Tony Martin Jumbo-Visma s.t.
60 Danilo Wyss NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
61 Oscar Rodriguez Astana s.t.
62 Patrick Konrad Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
63 Matteo Fabbro Bora-Hansgrohe 1:23
64 Joe Dombrowski UAE-Team Emirates 1:25
65 Ilnur Zakarin CCC Team 1:26
66 Fausto Masnada Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
67 Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers 1:28
68 Wilco Kelderman Team Sunweb s.t.
69 Vincenzo Nibali Trek-Segafredo 1:29
70 Amanuel Gebreigzabhier NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
71 Lachlan Morton EF Pro Cycling s.t.
72 Marco Mathis Cofidis 1:31
73 Rodrigo Contreras Astana s.t.
74 Domenico Pozzovivo NTT Pro Cycling 1:33
75 Mattia Bais Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
76 Benjamin Thomas Groupama-FDJ 1:34
77 Eduardo Sepulveda Movistar s.t.
78 Joey Rosskopf CCC Team s.t.
79 Hector Carretero Movistar s.t.
80 Sebastian Molano UAE-Team Emirates 1:35
81 Jhonnatan Narvaez INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
82 Edoardo Affini Mitchelton-Scott 1:36
83 Josip Rumac Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
84 Eros Capecchi Bahrain-McLaren 1:37
85 Ruben Guerreiro EF Pro Cycling s.t.
86 Cameron Meyer Mitchelton-Scott 1:38
87 Hermann Pernsteiner Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
88 Maximiliano Richeze UAE-Team Emirates 1:39
89 Dario Cataldo Movistar 1:40
90 Attila Valter CCC Team s.t.
91 Kilian Frankiny Groupama-FDJ s.t.
92 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ s.t.
93 Stefano Oldani Lotto-Soudal 1:42
94 Alex Dowsett Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
95 Jack Haig Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
96 Steven Kruijswijk Jumbo-Visma 1:44
97 Salvatore Puccio INEOS Grenadiers 1:45
98 Simone Ravanelli Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
99 Damien Howson Mitchelton-Scott 1:47
100 Jakob Fuglsang Astana s.t.
101 Simon Pellaud Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
102 Simon Clarke EF Pro Cycling s.t.
103 Iljo Keisse Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
104 Louis Meintjes NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
105 Nicola Conci Trek-Segafredo 1:49
106 Peter Sagan Bora-Hansgrohe 1:50
107 Ignatas Konovalovas Groupama-FDJ 1:51
108 Harm Vanhoucke Lotto-Soudal 1:52
109 Antonio Pedrero Movistar s.t.
110 Pavel Kochetkov CCC Team 1:53
111 Luca Wackermann Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
112 Marco Frapporti Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
113 Mathias Le Turnier Cofidis 1:54
114 Aurélien Paret-Peintre Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
115 Yukiya Arashiro Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
116 Sergio Samitier Movistar s.t.
117 Daniel Navarro Israel Start-Up Nation 1:57
118 Guy Sagiv Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
119 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ 1:58
120 Stéphane Rossetto Cofidis 1:59
121 Rick Zabel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
122 Rafal Majka Bora-Hansgrohe 2:00
123 François Bidard Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
124 Alexander Cataford Israel Start-Up Nation 2:03
125 Jonas Gregaard Astana s.t.
126 Tao Geoghegan Hart INEOS Grenadiers 2:04
127 Lorenzo Rota Vini Zabú-KTM 2:05
128 Andrea Vendrame Ag2r La Mondiale 2:06
129 Carl Fredrik Hagen Lotto-Soudal 2:07
130 Edoardo Zardini Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
131 Kamil Malecki CCC Team 2:09
132 Mark Padun Bahrain-McLaren 2:11
133 Enrico Battaglin Bahrain-McLaren s.t.
134 Albert Torres Movistar s.t.
135 Matteo Spreafico Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
136 Rudy Barbier Israel Start-Up Nation 2:12
137 Sander Armee Lotto-Soudal s.t.
138 Matthew Holmes Lotto-Soudal s.t.
139 Jonathan Dibben Lotto-Soudal s.t.
140 Victor De La Parte CCC Team s.t.
141 Geoffrey Bouchard Ag2r La Mondiale 2:13
142 Domen Novak Bahrain-McLaren 2:14
143 Jesper Hansen Cofidis s.t.
144 Filippo Zana Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
145 Giulio Ciccone Trek-Segafredo 2:15
146 Simone Consonni Cofidis 2:18
147 Antonio Nibali Trek-Segafredo 2:19
148 Antwan Tolhoek Jumbo-Visma 2:20
149 Einer Rubio Movistar s.t.
150 Alessandro Bisolti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 2:21
151 Pieter Weening Trek-Segafredo s.t.
152 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 2:22
153 Elia Viviani Cofidis 2:23
154 Giovanni Carboni Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 2:32
155 Fabio Mazzucco Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 2:35
156 Giovanni Visconti Vini Zabú-KTM s.t.
157 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo 2:36
158 Dylan Sunderland NTT Pro Cycling 2:40
159 Adam Hansen Lotto-Soudal 2:42
160 Giovanni Lonardi Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 2:43
161 Simone Bevilacqua Vini Zabú-KTM 2:44
162 Etienne Van Empel Vini Zabú-KTM 2:47
163 Francesco Romano Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
164 Alvaro Hodeg Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
165 Davide Cimolai Israel Start-Up Nation 2:49
166 Jaakko Hänninen Ag2r La Mondiale 2:52
167 Davide Villella Movistar 2:54
168 Alexander Cepeda Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 2:56
169 Simon Guglielmi Groupama-FDJ 2:59
170 Jhonatan Restrepo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3:00
171 Nathan Haas Cofidis 3:12
172 Nicolas Edet Cofidis 3:30
173 Filippo Fiorelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 3:53
174 Luca Chirico Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 4:00

Stage 1 map & profile:

Stage 1 map

Stage 1 map

Stage 1 profile

Stage 1 profile

Stage 1 photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Alex Dowsett

Alex Dowsett

Tony Martin

Tony Martin

Hanninen, Jaakko

Jaakko Hanninen fell on Palermo's slippery streets

Thomas De Gendt

Thomas De Gendt

Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis was 15th.

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas was fourth

Joao Almeida was second

Joao Almeida was second

Filppo Ganna

Stage winner Filippo Ganna headed for home and a pink jersey

Filippo Ganna

Filippo Ganna will start stage two in pink.

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