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Ganna’s stature allowed him push about 20 watts more than Affini and so go ten second faster. 

Team Ineos rider Italys Filippo Ganna competes in the first stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race a 86 km individual time trial on May 8 2021 in Turin Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

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Yet again Filippo is Top Ganna.  

Team Ineos rider Italys Filippo Ganna competes in the first stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race a 86 km individual time trial on May 8 2021 in Turin Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images

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That confirms Ganna as the stage winer and the first race leader of the 201 Giro. 

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Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix) sets 9:56 and is the last rider home. 

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Romain Bardet (Team DSM) sets 9:39.

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All the riders are out on the course. 

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After Ganna’s ride and with on other contenders  to start, he surely ha the stage victory wrapped-up. 

He has repeated his win of 2020 and last October in Palermo.

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Mikel Landa (Bahrain) is off the GC rider pace in 9:36

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Situation

1. Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) 8:47

2. Eduardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) 8:57

3. Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma) 9:00

4. João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 9:04

5. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 9:05 

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Ganna smashed that ride and the time.  

There were doubts about his form after the Tour de Romandie TT but Ganna really wanted that one.

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Affini sportingly takes his hat off to his fellow Italian.

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Ganna! 

New fastest time of 8:47

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Remco Evenepoel sets a time of 9: 06

Marc Soler (Movistar) finished ahead of him in 9:29 

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Ganna is constantly chasing the police motorbike ahead of him.

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He is smashing round a 58 chainring and a huge gear.

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Ganna dives into every corner to save as much speed as possible. 

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Ganns is even faster! He sets 3:59 for 3.8km. 

The only rider to go below 4:00. 

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Evenepoel is fast, just 1.9 seconds slower than Affini after 3.8km.

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Ganna has a new blue Pinarello TT bike.

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Ganna gets all-new Pinarello TT bike ahead of Giro d’Italia opener

Filippo Ganna's new Pinarello Bolide TT for the Giro d'Italia

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Ganna started 1 minute after Evenepoel.

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Italys Filippo Ganna competes during the final stage 161 km race against the clock Fribourg to Fribourg during the Tour de Romandie UCI World Tour 2021 cycling race on May 2 2021 in Fribourg Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI AFP Photo by FABRICE COFFRINIAFP via Getty Images

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He starts his ride and tucks into his aero position to get up to speed. 

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Ganna is off!  

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Not bad but it keeps him within shot of the maglia rosa on the rolling stage 3 to Canale.

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Bettiol is fast and sets 9:13.

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Remco blows out two deep breaths and starts his TT.

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George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) sets 9: 28

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Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - Torino - Castello del Valentino - Team Presentation - 06/05/2021 - Remco Evenepoel (BEL - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

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Marc Soler (Movistar) is about to start, followed by a certain Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep). 

It’s Giro di Remco time. Surely the whole of Belgium will be watching.

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Bettiol is fast at the 3.8km split. 

He needs something for the final 3km but could be close to Affini.

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Jai Hindey (DSM) finishes in 9:33. 

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George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) goes through the 3.8km time check in a similar time to Bernal and Yates.

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Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) starts his TT. 

He’s a real GC threat and not a name to forget. 

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The final three kilometres of the TT are vital. 

Here’s how Affini brought it home. 

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Next off is Alberto Bettiol (EF). 

The Tuscan is an outsider for today.  

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Yates will be happy to be close to Bernal.

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Simon Yates sets 9: 25 

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Egan Bernal (Ineos) sets 9: 26

That’s not bad but not great.  

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João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) sets a time of 9:04.

Good time!

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João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was a surprise race leader for 2 weeks in 2020. 

He’s showing his form again in the TT. 

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Yates is on the same pace. 

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Bernal sets 4:10 at the time split. that’s not super fast. 

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Almeida is fast at the 3.8km point, just 4 seconds off the pace.

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Joao Almeida (Deceuninck) is also out on the course. 

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Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) starts too. 

The irishman will be looking to limit any losses today.

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The tifosi are out for Sagan, Ganna and it seems to say hello to grandpa.

TURIN ITALY MAY 08 Peter Sagan Filippo Ganna of Italy Fans during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 1 a 86km Individual Time Trial stage from Torino to Torino Public Children ITT girodiitalia Giro on May 08 2021 in Turin Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

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Simon Yates (Bike Exchange) also starts his ride. 

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Egan Bernal is off. His 2021 Giro begins.

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Max Walscheid (Qhubeka Assos) faded in the final kilometres and was 9 seconds slower than Affini. 

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That puts him fourth fastest. 

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Jos van Emden (Jumbo-Visma) sets 9: 05

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Van Emden catches minute-man Cepada. That’s an unfair fight but the Colombian will get revenge in the high mountains.

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Maximilian Walscheid (Qhubeka Assos) could be a threat today. He is a close second after 3.8km.  

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Giulio Ciccone of Trek also starts as the GC contenders start. 

Egan Bernal will be off in 5 minutes.

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Peter Sagan also starts his ride. 

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Dutch TT champion and another Jumbo-Visma rider Jos van Emden is out on the TT course. 

Can he go faster than Affini? 

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And here is Cavagna.

Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at speed

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Here’s Affini in action.

Eduardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma)

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Here comes Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) but he’s off the pace. 

He sets 9: 14 

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Sivakov is not super fast at the time split, losing 9 seconds to Foss and Affini after 3.8km  

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British TT national champion Alex Dowsett is also out on the course. 

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Affini rode at an average of 57.654 km/h!

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We’re seeing more GC riders in action. Pavel Sivakov is in action now.

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Hugh Carthy (EF) sets 9:25

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Affini has some interesting, one support, very narrow aero bars.

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That’s a great ride by the Italian.

He’s not widely know but is a talented timer trialist. 

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Affini sets 8:57

New fastest time!  

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Cavagna went deep but no won for the Frenchman.

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He is three seconds faster than Foss after 3.8km. 

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Eduardo Affini is also fast for Jumbo-Visma.  

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Foss won the 2019 Tour de l’Avenir and so could be a surprise GC rider this year. He is one to watch. 

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Britain’s Hugh Carthy of EF starts his TT. He will be looking to limit his losses today.

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23-year-old Foss has never won a pro race but he could now win the TT and take the pink jersey. 

It will perhaps all depend if Ganna can do a ride like last year when he won the world TT tile and then the three Giro time trials. 

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This is the scene at the start in Turin. 

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) starts Giro d'Italia

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Situation

1. Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma) 9:00

2. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 9:05 

3. Matthias Brändle (Israel Start-up Nation) 9:09

4. Gianni Moscon (Ineos Grenadiers) 9:10

5. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) 9:11

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Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) sets 9:05 

He faded in the final part.

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Colombian TT champion Dani Martinez is out on the course. He could be fast too. 

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Cavagna is 4th fastest at intermediate time split. He will be hoping to go deeper and faster in the final part.  

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To learn more about Foss, read our special introducing feature by clicking below.

Introducing: Tour de l’Avenir winner Tobias Foss

Giro d'Italia 2020 - 103th Edition - 1st stage Monreale - Palermo 15,1 km - 03/10/2020 - Tobias Foss (NOR - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2020

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But Remi Cavagni is underway. He’s a big favourite for victory.

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He beats Brandle by 9 big fat seconds.

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That smashes the times for today. 

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Foss sets a time of 9:00!

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Foss is so fast that he catches his 1-minute man Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec).

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Tobias Foss of Jumbo-Visma is on a ride. 

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There are some clouds over the course now, that will help the riders go faster.  

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He was really close to beating Brandle, just 0.89 of a second slower. 

That is a good sign for his teammate Ganna and an indication the weather conditions are improving due to warmer temperatures and lower air pressure.   

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Moscon sets 9:10

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Moscon is 2x Italian national TT champion.

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Situation

1. Matthias Brändle (Israel Start-up Nation) 9:09

2. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) 9:11

3. Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) 9:14 

4. Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) 9:16

5. Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) 9:17

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Gianni Moscon is out riding and he’s attacking the TT with gusto. 

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Here’s Nibali. He sets 9: 28.

Not bad for the shark after all his problems.

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He sets the marker for the GC contenders.

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Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) sets 9: 11. 

He’s second fastest. 

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Nibali has explained he longer feels any pain but it will be fascinating to see what he can do and especially if he an be a GC contender.  

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Nibali lost almost a week of training after his crash but then went to altitude and kept working. 

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Nibali has avoided talking about his GC hopes but he’s going full gas in the TT. 

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Nibali is off ands looks fine on his bike, despite fracturing his wrist just 3 weeks ago.  

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He will be followed by Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo)

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Now the GC battle heats up as Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) starts his TT. 

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Situation

1. Matthias Brändle (Israel Start-up Nation) 9:09

2. Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) 9:14 

3. Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) 9:16

4. Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) 9:17

5. Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-up Nation) 9:17

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He was 2 seconds slower at the intermediate time check but finished fast.  

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He rode at an average of 56.4km/h. 

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That’s a great ride by the Austrian. 

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Matthias Brändle (Israel Start-up Nation) sets 9:09.

New fastest time!   

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In other news away from the Giro, Wout van Aert has revealed he is recovering from appendicitis. 

The Amstel Gold Race winner took to social media on Saturday, the day which the Giro d’Italia started, to confirm the news.

Click below to read more. 

Wout van Aert recovering from appendicitis

Tirreno Adriatico 2021 56th Edition 1st stage Lido di Camaiore Lido di Camaiore 156 km 10032021 Wout Van Aert BEL Jumbo Visma photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

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De Gendt sets 9:39.

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Former U23 world TT champion Samuele Battistella (Astana) sets 9:20. That’s a good ride by the young Italian. 

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De Gendt  doesn’t seem to be taking any risks in the corners. 

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Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) is underway. He was third overall in 2011 but is now known as the best stage hunter in the peloton.

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Bilbao sets 9:25.

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In our team by team guide, we had Alessandro De Marchi as one of the riders to watch.

Click below to see the full team guide.

Giro d’Italia 2021: Team-by-team guide

Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation) attacked early during the stage

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Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-up Nation) is fast and sets 9:17. That’s a good ride by the Italian.  

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Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) is fast but not fast enough, setting 9:16. 

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Caleb Ewan is 43 seconds slower than his lead out man Kluge. 

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Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) starts his TT. He’s the current Spanish time trial champion and will be looking to gain time on some GC rivals. 

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Here comes an unhappy LL Sanchez. He sets 10:24. 

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Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) sets 9: 35.  

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It will be an emotional return for the Dutch sprinter. But in an interview with L’Equipe, he said he feels he is ready to fight for victory in the sprints, starting from Sunday’s 2nd stage.

Click below to read an extract of the interview.

Groenewegen: I am going to the Giro d’Italia to win a stage

TURIN ITALY MAY 06 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Team Presentation at Castello el Valentino girodiitalia Giro on May 06 2021 in Turin Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

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Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) is back and has started his TT.  

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The Astana rider takes his normal road bike which adds a twist to his ride.

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Bike change needed for LL Sanchez after a flat and a near crash on a corner.  

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Situation

1. Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) 9:14. 

2. Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) 9:17

3. Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos) 9:19

4. David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) 9:19

5. Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) 9:26

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Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) finishes fast and sets 9:14. 

New fastest time!

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Surprise! Roger Kluge uses his sprint lead out skills and track speed to set a new fastest time of 9:17.  

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This is the stage profile. It’s flat and fast. 

The profile of the Turin time trial

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Here comes Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) he sets 9:28. 11 seconds off the pace.

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Tejay van Garderen (EF Education-Nippo) sets a time of 9:26, showing the US team’s new colours.

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This is the TT route in central Turin. 

The map of the Turin time trial

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Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) is off and could be fast. 

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Dekker was just 0.073 of a second slower.

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That’s the same as Dekker but Victor Campenaerts is actually faster due to the hundredths of a second. 

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Victor Campenaerts sets 9: 19

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Wow. Dekker passed Tagliani before the finish to set 9:19.

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Victor Campenaerts stays tucked in his aero position, cutting through the fast corners and curves. 

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The times for the 8.6km course are expected to be around nine minutes.

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Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos is off too and is likely to set the first fastest time.

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Italy is recovering from a long second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions recently eased despite an average of 10,000 cases per day. 

However there are significant crowds along the race route but most are wearing masks and/or respecting social distancing.   

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The riders are off at 1-minute intervals, so they come thick and fast.  

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He’s off! The Giro is underway. 

Filippo Tagliani (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) rolls down the start ramp and so the Giro d’Italia is underway. 

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The early starters have already started their warm-up. 

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Filippo Tagliani (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) will be the first rider off the starting ramp at 14:00 CET local time.

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We’re just minutes away from the start of the time trial. 

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The sun is out in Turin and will be close to 20C later in the afternoon.

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Who ever wins this afternoon’s time trial, will pull on the maglia rosa, which was first introduced 90 years ago.  

Click below to read about the history and significance of the maglia rosa. 

Giro d’Italia: 90 years of the Maglia Rosa

Gianni Bugno

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There’s huge curiosity about what Remco Evenepeol can do in the Giro d’Italia.

He hasn’t raced since his crash nine months ago at Il Lombardia but his talents and three months of training should mean he is competitive in some way. 

Click below to read our special countdown profile of the Belgian rider. 

Remco Evenepoel: Between stardom and superstardom

Remco Evenepoel in action at Il Lombardia before his crash

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We’re really happy to have Matteo Jorgenson blogging from the Giro d’Italia on his Grand Tour debut. 

Click below to read the young American’s emotions on riding the Corsa Rosa. 

Matteo Jorgenson blog: I’m at the freaking Giro d’Italia

BIOT FRANCE MARCH 12 Start Podium Matteo Jorgenson of United States and Movistar Team during the 79th Paris Nice 2021 Stage 6 a 2025km stage from Brignoles to Biot 120m Mask Covid safety measures Team Presentation ParisNice on March 12 2021 in Biot France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

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AG2R describe the TT course as “rapide mais relativement technique” – “fast but also quite technical”.  

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Team rosters have been confirmed, and the overall contenders, sprinters, climbers and breakaway artists will be preparing to tackle the first Grand Tour of the season.

With 184 names on the start list, spread across 19 WorldTour teams and four ProTeams, there are plenty of famous faces, in-form riders and riders to watch ready to do battle in Italy. But who will be leading the 23 teams, and what are their main aims over the next three weeks?

We’ve sifted through every team, picking out their leaders, riders to watch and their main objectives for the Corsa Rosa, outlining the perfect outcome for each squad and what they need to do in order to achieve it. 

Click below for our team by tam guide.

Giro d’Italia 2021: Team-by-team guide

Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - Torino - Castello del Valentino - Team Presentation - 06/05/2021 - Alberto Bettiol (ITA - EF Education - Nippo) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

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The Ineos riders did a warm-up in the team car park this morning and each rider will do their own warm-up in the hour before the time trial starts.

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2021-05-08T11:03:43.308Z

We’ll have all the answers as the stage unfolds. 

2021-05-08T11:03:25.292Z

Today is all about the 8.6km high-speed TT around the streets of Turin.

Can anyone beat Filippo Ganna? 

How the GC perform and who will lose time? 

2021-05-08T10:58:20.390Z

In the last ten day Cyclingnews has created special countdown features on the Giro d’Italia covering every aspect of the race.

Click on the Giro d’Italia hub page below to find them all and so prepare for the Corsa Rosa.

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MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO ITALY OCTOBER 21 Podium Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Pink Leader Jersey Celebration Flowers Miss Hostess during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 17 a 203km stage from Bassano del Grappa to Madonna di Campiglio 1514m girodiitalia Giro on October 21 2020 in Madonna di Campiglio Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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2021-05-08T10:51:46.585Z

Here’s the AG2R team checking out one of the key corners.

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2021-05-08T10:49:30.756Z

The riders are already in the centre of Turin and are out studying the course now the roads have been closed to traffic. 

This was Romain Bardet of DSM as hew got his Giro underway.

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2021-05-08T10:48:22.217Z

Click below to see the full start list.

Giro d’Italia 2021: Stage 1 time trial start times

2021-05-08T10:47:33.413Z

The time trial and general classification favourites are scattered throughout the event with Victor Campenaerts (Team Qhubeka Assos) at 14:02, Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) at 15:30, Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at 15:43.

Then it’s Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) at 15:58, Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) at 16:07, João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at 16:29, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) at 16:30, Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) at 16:31, and Jai Hindley (Team DSM) at 16:38. 

Closer to the end of the list are Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at 16:52, directly followed by World Champion Ganna at 16:53, then Romain Bardet (Team DSM) at 17:01. The last rider off the starting ramp is Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix) at 17:03.

2021-05-08T10:46:44.975Z

The 2021 Giro d’Italia is set to open with a flat 8.6km time trial – tailor-made for World Champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) – on May 8 in Turin. The event takes place entirely within the city, starting at the Piazza Castello, crossing the Po river, and finishing at Corso Moncalieri.

Filippo Tagliani (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) will be the first rider off the starting ramp at 14:00 CET local time. 

Italys Filippo Ganna competes during the final stage 161 km race against the clock Fribourg to Fribourg during the Tour de Romandie UCI World Tour 2021 cycling race on May 2 2021 in Fribourg Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI AFP Photo by FABRICE COFFRINIAFP via Getty Images

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2021-05-08T10:45:20.557Z

We are ready for the first Grand Tour of the season and will bring you full live coverage of every stage, with pre-race build-up, blow by blow live updates and post-race news, reaction and photographs. 

2021-05-08T10:44:17.024Z

As the Cyclingnews blimp takes height over Turin, we are less than two hours away from the start of the 2021 Giro d’Italia

2021-05-08T10:42:48.794Z

Buongiorno and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 1 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia. 

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