The 2017 Giro Rosa has begun! Stage 1 was a beautifully fast Team Time Trial, and while there was no surprise about the winner, there was still a lot of really interesting developments – teams that did better than expected, and those who did worse. Here’s the UCI highlights and the full 45 Italian minute highlights, with results just below, with more highlights videos, photos and media, and I’ll add more in as I find it.
1. Boels-Dolmans, 0:14:47
2. Sunweb, + 00:19
3. ORICA-Scott, + 00:22
4. Wiggle High5, + 00:24
5. Canyon SRAM, + 00:36
6. WM3 Procycling, + 00:37
7. Astana, + 00:51
8. Cervélo-Bigla, + 00:52
9. Lensworld-Kuota, + 01:04
10. FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, + 01:06
So despite being only 11.5km long, some big gaps have opened up. No surprise that Team Time Trial World Champions Boels-Dolmans won, but I didn’t expect that big a gap. It would be easy to get bored of Boels winning, but how they win keeps me cheering for them – in this case, having their selfless, fantastic domestic, Karol-Ann Canuel cross the line first, to take the first maglia rosa… not only on Canada Day, but on the 150th anniversary of her home country’s formation. That is going to feel so incredibly special for her, and I love that Canuel, who gives so much, but gets overlooked by the cycling media, gets this honour.
I’d predicted ORICA to come second, especially as Sunweb are without Ellen van Dijk, so Sunweb coming second was impressive – as is Wiggle High5 in 4th, as they’ve never focused on TTTs before.
Worlds Bronze medalists Cervélo-Bigla in 8th is a surprise, and while they said they had a puncture, that’s 1 rider in a team of 7 – and Canyon-SRAM have been having a bad year, and with Alena Amialiusik injured and Lisa Brennauer not here, it’s perhaps not surprising that the squad that was once all-conquering only came 5th – unless they aren’t going for the GC, and are stage hunting in the Giro, so held back?
Stage 2 has a climb in it, so on paper there’s the chance to drop all 7 Boels riders…. maybe…. It starts at 12:15 CEST (11:15am UK BST; 6:15am USA EDT; 8:15pm Aussie AEST) and here’s how you can follow it live.
Photo galleries from the race facebook, and the usual beautiful images from Vélofocus. If you like their work, buy their book! More photos from the always-fantastic Thomas Maheaux for FDJ, and on ORICA-Scott’s facebook
Here’s the highlights from the race:
ORICA and WiggleHigh5’s pre-race videos – and then their post-race highlights – and VéloConcept’s highlights too