Giro d'Italia Stage 1-3 Recap

Giro d'Italia Stage 1-3 Recap
The Giro d’Italia kicked off Saturday, with Three days of riding behind us, here’s a quick recap of what’s happened so far. Lots of racing left to go.

Primož Roglič wins stage one time trial

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) won the stage one time trial of the 2019 Giro d’Italia securing the overall lead. The Slovenian completed the 8.2km course in just 12:54, with Simon Yates finishing in second, 19 seconds down.

The short 2km climb at the end of the course is where Roglič was able to take valuable seconds out of all of his GC rivals, including Yates. Roglič was obviously dominant, but taking the maglia rosa in the first day is a tall order. There’s a lot of pressure that comes with the pink jersey, will he want it off his back or will he try to go wire-to-wire?

Giro d’Italia 2019, stage one results:

  1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, in 12:54
  2. Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, at 19 seconds
  3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 23s
  4. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana, at 28s
  5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb, at same time
  6. Rafał Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 33s
    7.  Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos, at 35s
  7. Laurens De Plus (Bel) Jumbo-Visma, at 35s
    9.  Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, at 39s
  8. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 40s

Ackermann Wins Stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia

Well, Pascal Ackermann was sure quick to make an impact in his debut Grand Tour. The 25-year-old won the second stage of the Giro d’Italia, beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) to the line.

As expected, the race came down to a bunch sprint after 205km of racing.  Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, who  won the stage 1 time trial, finished safely in the peloton maintaining his position at the top of the GC standings.

Stage 2 started wet and cold, a early breakaway was able to get clear in pouring rain. The break’s advantage reached right around four minutes before the peloton started reeling them in. There were a few fireworks in the roll in to the finish, a squeeze along the barriers saw a Groupama-FDJ rider go down hard.

Giro d’Italia 2019, stage two results:

1 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 4:44:43
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
4 Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates
5 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
6 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
7 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
8 Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
10 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe

Gaviria Awarded Giro d’Italia Stage Three Win After Viviani Relegated

Elia Viviani got a very brief moment of glory today at the Giro d’Italia. The Italian national champion crossed the finish line of Stage 3 first, but was quickly relegated by the UCI for deviating from his line. Italian Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) was the rider most effected by the deviation, but it was Colombian Fernando Gaviria (Team UAE Emirates) who benefitted from the relegation as his second place finish was upgraded to first on the stage.

Viviani later issued a statement through a team press release: “I am completely disappointed by this decision. Yesterday I made a mistake in the final and today was focused on doing my best. As you could see all the other sprinters crossed the line behind me. I was really happy to have taken the win, but then this decision came and all I can do now is focus on the next sprint.” The video evidence speaks for itself.

The 220km stage from Vinci to Orbetello saw an exciting solo breakaway by Japaneese rider Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini). He was able to open up a gap of just about seven minutes, unfortunately once the sprint teams organized that advantage dropped swiftly.

General classification remains unchanged, with Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retaining the maglia rosa, 19 seconds ahead of Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

Giro d’Italia 2019, stage three results:

  1. Fernando Gaviria (Col), UAE Team Emirates, 5:23:19
  2. Arnaud Demare (Fra), Groupama-FDJ, at same time
  3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger), Bora-Hansgrohe, at same time
  4. Matteo Moschetti (Ita), Trek-Segafredo, at same time
  5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita), Dimension Data, at same time
  6. Jakub Mareczko (Ita), CCC, at same time
  7. Davide Cimolai (Ita), Israel Cycling Academy, at same time
  8. Manuel Belletti (Ita), Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, at same time
  9. Christian Knees (Ger), Team Ineos, at same time
  10. Sacha Modolo (Ita), EF Education First, at same time

Giro d’Italia 2019, overall standings (post stage three):

  1. Primoz Roglic (Slo), Team Jumbo-Visma, 10:21:01
  2. Simon Yates (GBr), Mitchelton-Scott, at 0:00:19
  3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita), Bahrain-Merida, at 0:00:23
  4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col), Astana, at 0:00:28
  5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned), Team Sunweb, at same time
  6. Rafal Majka (Pol), Bora-Hansgrohe, at 0:00:33
  7. Bauke Mollema (Ned), Trek-Segafredo, at 0:00:39
    8, Damiano Caruso (Ita), Bahrain-Merida, at 0:00:40
  8. Pello Bilbao (Spa), Astana, at 0:00:42
  9. Victor de la Parte (Spa), CCC, at 0:00:45