GIANT-Alpecin’s Tom Dumoulin got his Giro d’Italia off to the perfect start, taking the first stage and establishing himself as the man to beat.  The Dutchman has the pink jersey and has established himself as the in form GC contender from day one, beating Primož Roglič and Andrey Amador.

Apeldoorn was chosen has the host of the Giro d’Italia’s Grand Depart in 2016 with the opening stage being a short 9.8km individual time trial starting in the Apeldoorn Velodrome; a terrific idea as a wall of noise inside the velodrome gave way to a wall of noise outside the velodrome.  The support of the crowds all the way along the course was quite brilliant; and it resulted in some quick times.

Fabio Sabatini of Etixx-Quick Step was the first rider to get things underway at 1.45pm.  The Italian went around the course in 11.49mins, but that time would be comfortably beaten over the day. Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudal was one of those riders who provisionally went into the hot seat before being dislodged by Moreno Hofland of LottoNL-Jumbo; but Matthias Brändle of IAM Cycling set a good benchmark of 11.17mins; an average speed of 52kph to sit in the leader’s jersey.

The flat course would be an interesting one for the GC contenders and Ryder Hesjedal of Trek-Segafredo was among the first of those to roll home, he lost 19 seconds though to Brändle; a sign that perhaps the climbers and others would also struggle out on the course.  But who, of the GC contenders would be able to finish closest to the top of the leaderboard?

GIANT-Alpecin were expected to challenge for the stage win with Tom Dumoulin, but it was a fellow teammate Tobias Ludvigsson who managed to dislodge Brändle from the top spot.  AG2R La Mondiale’s potential GC man – Jean Christophe-Peraud – wasn’t going to challenge early; with an 11.41min time seeing him 30 seconds down on Ludvigsson.  Another rider who we expected to challenge for the stage, if not for the overall, was Jack Bobridge.  He would be disappointed though as he too suffered a substantial loss of time; finishing in 11.45mins.

A theme was developing amongst a number of riders that seemed to be developing that involved a number of riders enjoying the benefits of a tailwind but then struggling into a headwind for the closing kilometers.  A case in point was Lotto Soudal’s Tim Wellens who crossed the 4.8km check point 3 seconds up on Ludvigsson only to finish 20 seconds down on the Swede at the finish.

Finally a new best time was set by Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo.  He crossed the line in 11.03mins, after a strong ride around the back end of the course.  Also impressive was Germany’s Marcel Kittel of Etixx-Quick Step.  He finished 11 seconds down on Roglic to be the highest placed of the GC riders.

There were a couple of technical turns that looked like they could trip up a couple of riders, and sadly that would prove to be the case for Jos van Emden of LottoNL-Jumbo and also for the potential stage winner Stefan Keung of BMC Racing who would have to only wonder what if; as he still managed to set a strong time despite taking a tumble and knocking over a couple of spectators in the process.

Tom Dumoulin was given a rousing cheer as he left the start inside the velodrome, and it was easy to see why.  In front of his home crowd, a win in the time trial was extremely important to him and he set about making it a reality.  He had his work cut out though by the time of Roglic; but he started fast with 5.21mins at the 4.8km mark putting him 2 seconds up on the fastest time at that point.

Like others he lost a little ground in the latter stages, but across the line he’d just done enough to steal the top spot from Roglic; with just fractions of a second separating the two riders.  From there it was a case of waiting as GC contenders Rafal Majka of Tinkoff, Vincenzo Nibali of Astana, Alejandro Valverde of Movistar and Mikel Landa of Team Sky amongst others all arrived home.  But Dumoulin’s stage win wasn’t guaranteed yet with Fabian Cancellara of Trek-Segafredo still yet to start his effort.  Spartacus came to the Giro not in the best condition after a bout of stomach illness just before the opening day, but he went to work putting together a strong time.  Sadly though he was 8 seconds down on Dumoulin at 4.8km and he continued to lose ground from there; another rider who we can’t help but wonder ‘what if’.

Michael Hepburn of Orica GreenEDGE was the last man to finish the opening time trial but his time of 11.23mins was 20 seconds shy of Dumoulin and the Dutchman was able to celebrate his first Giro d’Italia stage win and first maglia rosa of his career; with congratulations coming from the king of Holland himself.

Roglič finished second with Andrey Amador of Movistar claiming third place 6 seconds down on Dumoulin.  Ludvigsson’s time was good enough for fourth place, while Marcel Kittel looks set to challenge for the lead in the upcoming sprint stages; he rounded out the top 5 with an impresisive ride that sees him 11 seconds shy of the lead.  From there the strongest GC challenger  is Vincenzo Nibali who finished 19 seconds down, Alejandro Valverde lost 24 seconds, Esteban Chaves lost 30 seconds while Ryder Hesjedal and Rigoberto Uran both lost 33 seconds.  Mikel Landa of Team Sky probably suffered the biggest set back time-wise; losing 40 seconds.

Sam Bewley got his second Giro d’Italia started with 92nd on the stage at 46 seconds down on Dumoulin.  The Kiwi’s attention will now turn to supporting teammate Caleb Ewan as he bids for stage wins; with his opportunities kicking off tomorrow in Nijmegen.

Stage results:

Rank Name Nat. Team Result
1 Tom DUMOULIN NED TGA 11:03
2 Primož ROGLIC SLO TLJ +0
3 Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA CRC MOV +6
4 Tobias LUDVIGSSON SWE TGA +8
5 Marcel KITTEL GER EQS +11
6 Moreno MOSER ITA CPT +12
7 Bob JUNGELS LUX EQS +13
8 Fabian CANCELLARA SUI TFS +14
9 Matthias BRANDLE AUT IAM +14
10 Silvan DILLIER SUI BMC +16
11 Roger KLUGE GER IAM +16
12 Chad HAGA USA TGA +16
13 Georg PREIDLER AUT TGA +17
14 Martijn KEIZER NED TLJ +17
15 Manuele BOARO ITA TNK +18
16 Vincenzo NIBALI ITA AST +19
17 Damien HOWSON AUS OGE +19
18 Lukasz WISNIOWSKI POL EQS +20
19 Michael HEPBURN AUS OGE +20
20 Alexandre GENIEZ FRA FDJ +21
21 Tanel KANGERT EST AST +21
22 Steven KRUIJSWIJK NED TLJ +22
23 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV +24
24 Moreno HOFLAND NED TLJ +25
25 Svein TUFT CAN OGE +26
26 Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS LTU CPT +26
27 Giacomo NIZZOLO ITA TFS +27
28 Riccardo ZOIDL AUT TFS +28
29 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST +28
30 Tim WELLENS BEL LTS +28
31 Diego ULISSI ITA LAM +29
32 Nicolas ROCHE IRL SKY +30
33 Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO COL OGE +30
34 Stefan KUENG SUI BMC +30
35 Leigh HOWARD AUS IAM +30
36 Javier MORENO BAZAN ESP MOV +31
37 Sean DE BIE BEL LTS +31
38 Ilnur ZAKARIN RUS KAT +32
38 Pieter SERRY BEL EQS +32
40 Giovanni VISCONTI ITA MOV +32
41 Ryder HESJEDAL CAN TFS +33
42 Ruben PLAZA MOLINA ESP OFE +33
43 Rigoberto URAN URAN COL CPT +33
44 Bram TANKINK NED TLJ +34
45 David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO ESP EQS +34
46 Maarten TJALLINGII NED TLJ +34
47 André GREIPEL GER LTS +34
48 Twan CASTELIJNS NED TLJ +35
49 Jurgen ROELANDTS BEL LTS +35
50 Anton VOROBYEV RUS KAT +35
51 Lars Ytting BAK DEN LTS +35
52 Ignatas KONOVALOVAS LTU FDJ +35
53 Elia VIVIANI ITA SKY +36
54 Manuel QUINZIATO ITA BMC +36
55 Daniel OSS ITA BMC +36
56 Christian KNEES GER SKY +36
57 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ COL MOV +37
58 Alexander SEROV RUS GAZ +37
59 Aleksei TCATEVICH RUS KAT +37
60 Rafal MAJKA POL TNK +38
61 Alexander PORSEV RUS KAT +38
62 Jean-Christophe PERAUD FRA ALM +38
63 Rein TAARAMAE EST KAT +38
64 Maxime MONFORT BEL LTS +38
65 Benoît VAUGRENARD FRA FDJ +40
66 Arnaud DEMARE FRA FDJ +40
67 Mikel LANDA MEANA ESP SKY +40
68 Jay MCCARTHY AUS TNK +40
69 Kanstantsin SIUTSOU BLR DDD +40
70 Stefano PIRAZZI ITA BAR +40
71 Manuel SENNI ITA BMC +41
72 Alberto BETTIOL ITA CPT +41
73 Jasha SÜTTERLIN GER MOV +41
74 Valerio AGNOLI ITA AST +41
75 Jack BOBRIDGE AUS TFS +42
76 David LOPEZ GARCIA ESP SKY +42
77 Rick ZABEL GER BMC +42
78 Joseph ROSSKOPF USA BMC +42
79 Albert TIMMER NED TGA +42
80 Rory SUTHERLAND AUS MOV +42
81 Simon CLARKE AUS CPT +43
82 Marcel WYSS SUI IAM +43
83 Artem OVECHKIN RUS GAZ +43
84 Artur ERSHOV RUS GAZ +43
85 Patrick GRETSCH GER ALM +44
86 Pavel BRUTT RUS TNK +44
87 Julen AMEZQUETA ESP STH +45
88 Michele SCARPONI ITA AST +45
89 Marco COLEDAN ITA TFS +45
90 Pim LIGTHART NED LTS +45
91 Matteo TOSATTO ITA TNK +45
92 Sam BEWLEY NZL OGE +46
93 Vegard Stake LAENGEN NOR IAM +46
94 Boy VAN POPPEL NED TFS +46
95 Fabio SABATINI ITA EQS +46
96 Jaco VENTER RSA DDD +46
97 Domenico POZZOVIVO ITA ALM +47
98 Liam BERTAZZO ITA STH +47
99 Valerio CONTI ITA LAM +47
100 Lawrence WARBASSE USA IAM +47
101 Daniel MARTÍNEZ COL STH +47
102 Sonny COLBRELLI ITA BAR +48
103 Stefan DENIFL AUT IAM +48
104 Nikias ARNDT GER TGA +49
105 Davide FORMOLO ITA CPT +50
106 Sergey FIRSANOV RUS GAZ +50
107 Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI USA CPT +50
108 Gianluca BRAMBILLA ITA EQS +50
108 Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL ESP MOV +50
108 Philip DEIGNAN IRL SKY +50
111 Hugo HOULE CAN ALM +50
112 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ COL SKY +50
113 Andrey ZEITS KAZ AST +51
114 Enrico BATTAGLIN ITA TLJ +51
115 Amets TXURRUKA ESP OGE +51
116 Eros CAPECCHI ITA AST +52
117 Matteo MONTAGUTI ITA ALM +53
118 Ian BOSWELL USA SKY +53
119 Johann VAN ZYL RSA DDD +53
120 Marc SARREAU FRA FDJ +54
121 Murilo Antonio FISCHER BRA FDJ +55
122 Laurent DIDIER LUX TFS +56
123 Heinrich HAUSSLER AUS IAM +56
124 Sacha MODOLO ITA LAM +56
124 Olivier LE GAC FRA FDJ +56
126 José HERRADA LOPEZ ESP MOV +57
127 Axel DOMONT FRA ALM +57
128 Ivan ROVNY RUS TNK +57
129 Arnaud COURTEILLE FRA FDJ +57
130 Nathan BROWN USA CPT +58
131 Pavel KOCHETKOV RUS KAT +58
132 Nicola BOEM ITA BAR +59
133 Giacomo BERLATO ITA NIP +59
134 Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA ESP EQS +59
135 Maxim BELKOV RUS KAT +1:01
136 Matej MOHORIC SLO LAM +1:01
137 Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV KAZ AST +1:01
138 Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ ESP DDD +1:02
139 Alessandro DE MARCHI ITA BMC +1:02
140 Iuri FILOSI ITA NIP +1:02
141 Adam HANSEN AUS LTS +1:03
142 Ivan SAVITSKIY RUS GAZ +1:04
143 Przemyslaw NIEMIEC POL LAM +1:04
144 Simone PETILLI ITA LAM +1:04
145 Evgeny PETROV RUS TNK +1:04
146 Jelle VANENDERT BEL LTS +1:05
147 Manuele MORI ITA LAM +1:05
148 Tom STAMSNIJDER NED TGA +1:05
149 Luka MEZGEC SLO OGE +1:05
150 Mickael DELAGE FRA FDJ +1:05
151 Roberto FERRARI ITA LAM +1:06
152 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV RUS KAT +1:06
153 Alexander FOLIFOROV RUS GAZ +1:06
154 Davide MALACARNE ITA AST +1:06
155 Gianfranco ZILIOLI ITA NIP +1:07
156 Egor SILIN RUS KAT +1:08
157 Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE ESP SKY +1:08
158 Kristian SBARAGLI ITA DDD +1:08
159 Filippo POZZATO ITA STH +1:08
160 Paolo SIMION ITA BAR +1:09
161 Mirco MAESTRI ITA BAR +1:09
162 Matteo TRENTIN ITA EQS +1:11
163 Pawel POLJANSKI POL TNK +1:11
164 Matteo BUSATO ITA STH +1:11
165 Giulio CICCONE ITA BAR +1:11
166 Ilia KOSHEVOY BLR LAM +1:12
167 Biel KADRI FRA ALM +1:13
168 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV RUS GAZ +1:14
169 Bert DE BACKER BEL TGA +1:14
170 Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO COL BMC +1:14
171 Alessandro BISOLTI ITA NIP +1:15
172 Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ ESP DDD +1:15
173 Jos VAN EMDEN NED TLJ +1:16
174 Eugenio ALAFACI ITA TFS +1:17
175 Simone ANDREETTA ITA BAR +1:18
176 Jay Robert THOMSON RSA DDD +1:18
177 Hubert DUPONT FRA ALM +1:18
178 Aleksey RYBALKIN RUS GAZ +1:18
179 Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN ESP STH +1:20
180 Cheng JI CHN TGA +1:21
181 Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN ERI DDD +1:21
182 Grega BOLE SLO NIP +1:22
183 Alexander KOLOBNEV RUS GAZ +1:22
184 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI ITA NIP +1:24
185 Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO POR CPT +1:26
186 Manuel BELLETTI ITA STH +1:27
187 Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO ITA BAR +1:27
188 Damiano CUNEGO ITA NIP +1:27
189 Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ ESP TNK +1:29
190 Genki YAMAMOTO JPN NIP +1:30
191 Guillaume BONNAFOND FRA ALM +1:31
192 Caleb EWAN AUS OGE +1:31
193 Eugert ZHUPA ALB STH +1:33
194 Eduard Michael GROSU ROU NIP +1:36
195 Nicola RUFFONI ITA BAR +1:41
196 Songezo JIM RSA DDD +1:47
197 Matteo PELUCCHI ITA IAM +1:47
198 Jakub MARECZKO ITA STH +1:48

 

 

Photos: Eugene Bonthuys

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