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Giro d'Italia • Stage1

Bologna - Bologna
Giro d'Italia - 12 May 2019

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“I’m super happy,” Roglic said after his victory was confirmed. “I’ve been waiting now for three hours but it’s a really nice feeling. I didn’t have much of a tactic except to go through the course as fast as possible.” Asked whether he could emulate Gianni Bugno, who led the 1990 Giro d’Italia from start to finish, 29-year-old Roglic remained coy. “We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “The most important things is that we’re wearing it in Verona at the end. But it’s a good start and I’m looking forward to the next three weeks.”


So, it's victory and the pink jersey for Roglic, with Simon Yates second at 19 seconds and Vincenzo Nibali third at 23 seconds. Miguel Angel Lopez and Tom Dumoulin complete the top five at 28 seconds.


Niv and Puccio come home well down to confirm that Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) has won this opening stage.


It's not good enough for the win... but it's second place for Simon Yates. He comes home 19 seconds down and leapfrogs Vincenzo Nibali.


Roglic looks concerned as he watches Yates approach the closing moments. But I think he'll be ok...


Under the archway goes Yates as he hits the S-bend and the steepest section of this climb. He's out of the saddle on the long, straight ramp, giving it his all. Just after the final-kilometre marker, Yates passes his minute-man, Fernando Gaviria. That's a good sign, but then again, Roglic caught two of his...


Yates is 18 seconds down on Roglic at the intermediate check, down in 33rd place. But was he checking his effort on the flat so that he can really attack this climb? Time will tell.


Guy Niv (Israel Cycling Academy) and Salvatore Puccio (Team Ineos) are now on course - so that's everyone now. The clouds are gathering and it's much darker, but it looks like the rain will hold off for Yates.


The crowds cheer as Simon Yates gets his race under way. He won three stages last year and wore the pink jersey for 13 days before his spectacular collapse on the day Chris Froome rode into the lead. What can he do today?


Meanwhile, Roglic is limbering up and stretching outside the winner's enclosure. He's been waiting for over two hours now - time to thank his fan club from Slovenia, who have gathered near the finish and are flying numerous flags. We'll soon see his trademark telemark celebration on the podium as he dons the first maglia rosa of this race. Unless...


Simon Yates has finished his warm up and has headed to the start ramp. He's off in less than five minutes.


Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) and Antonio Nibali, Vincenzo's brother at Bahrain Merida, are next to go. There's been a huge lull in this time trial since all the favourites went around two hours earlier. If it wasn't for Yates, we'd have all packed up and gone home. But he's the man who could, in theory, do something today - although you expect Roglic pretty much has this in his pocket.


Elia Viviani, the Italian national road champion, gets his TT under way. Tomorrow he'll be in his Italian jersey but for now he's in regulation Deceuninck-QuickStep kit, having stripped off his top layer before leaving. The 30-year-old will be battling it out with the likes of Fernando Gaviria, Caleb Ewan, Arnaud Demare and Pascal Ackermann in the sprints this year.


Team Ineos have their exciting Colombian climber Ivan Sosa on the climb now. He's making his Grand Tour debut today and it's been a baptism of fire for the 22-year-old, who comes come in 91st place 1:56 down on Roglic. He's good on the uphills but he can't time trial for toffee. Still, he should prove one part of an exciting trident alongside Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart for Ineos.


Mollema was the biggest name to change his bike today - none of the other GC riders tried. He added: "It was the right decision for me to change. I am currently in the top 10 so I think that is a good result for me. I am quite happy with my TT."


Jumbo-Visma have two riders in the current top ten in Roglic (1st) and De Plus (7th). Bahrain-Merida, too, have two in Nibali (2nd) and Caruso (9th), ditto Astana with Lopez (3rd) and Bilbao (10th).


Big man Conor Dunne, the tallest rider in the peloton, rolls down the ramp for Israel Cycling Academy. The Irishman has opted for a regular roadbike out there today, so he's going all-in for the climb rather than the flat section before.


Don't discount Yates, though. He won the ITT in Paris-Nice and Bradley Wiggins reckons he'll be in pink when the race enters Verona in three weeks.

Video - Wiggins: It's Simon Yates' year for the Giro


We didn't bring you Bauke Mollema's time: he set the eighth best effort at 39 seconds. Not bad for the Dutch veteran. Will he be riding for GC or going for stage wins this month?


I agree.


Here comes Chaves, gritting his teeth in determination. He comes home exactly one minute down on Roglic in 23rd place. Not a disaster but he probably won't be sending a postcard home to Bogota.


Still another 55 minutes until Simon Yates gets going - that's a long time Roglic has to hang around in the winner's zone.


Esteban Chaves, the rider known formerly as the Smiling Assassin, is next to get going. The Colombian finished runner-up in the Giro back in 2016 and then third a few months later in the Vuelta. But since they he's been a shadow of himself thanks to a prolonged bout of mononucleosis. He won the Etna stage last year but this year will be riding very much in support of Mitchelton-Scott teammate Simon Yates.


Pello Bilbao (Astana) has ridden into the provisional top 10 with his effort. The Spaniard is 42 seconds down on Roglic in 10th.


What an ominous way to start your first Grand Tour: Ecuador's Jonathan Caicedo (EF Education First) drops a chain just as he starts the climb and has to clamber off to sort out his derailleur. Meanwhile, Austria's Reto Hollenstein (Katusha Alpecin) swings onto the climb after the blind bend and is forced to veer around Caicedo to avoid a collision.


Here's how Primoz Roglic rode into what looks likely to be the first pink jersey today...


Luke Durbridge, the Australian time trial champion, is on course and approaching the climb. Had this been a 6km race against the clock he may have stood a chance, but as it is that final climb will make it next to impossible.


Video - 'I'm back to try and win' - Yates returns to the Giro


Remember, we still have Simon Yates to go - and he's the only other person now who could realistically beat Roglic today. He's down the ramp in about one hour and 25 minutes at 18:43.


Solid time from Rafal Majka who pushes Geoghegan Hart out of the top five. The Pole is 33 seconds down on Roglic's landmark time - and that's promising for the Bora climber.


I'm hearing that there is a 30% time limit today and so any rider finishing slower than 16:47 should in theory be eliminated. That's bad news for Hiroki Nishimura of Nipp-Vini Fantini, who came home in 17:30.


Rafal Majka of Bora-Hansgrohe gets his race under way. The Pole has a troubled Grand Tour year last year with 13th in the Vuelta and 19th in the Tour. In fact, the last time he cracked the top 10 of a Tour was his previous appearance in the Giro back in 2016 when he came 5th. His record in this race is good with 7th and 6th in his two other appearances - so it follows that he'll be 4th in Verona.


Jan Hirt (Astana) is the latest rider to get going. The Czech climber was just outside the top 10 last year and will be riding for leaders Lopez and Izagirre this year.


Pozzovivo is 15th on the line, 53 seconds down on the leader Roglic.


Bauke Mollema opts for a bike change - he's one of the minority, it has to be said. We're hearing Caleb Ewan did it, too, but a bit too late, on the climb rather than before, which is against the rules...


Despite catching Cimolai, Sivakov is in a world of pain as he crosses the line in 19th place, 1:01 down on Roglic.


I should point out that the bottom placed rider at the moment is Japan's Hiroki Nishimura of Nippo-Vini Fantini, who was a huge 4:36 down on Roglic.


Sivakov has passed his minute-man Davide Cimolai on the climb.


Domenico Pozzovivo, who is usually a safe bet for a top 10 in the Giro, is next to get going. He crashed badly in the Fleche Wallonne and was concussed so it remains to be seen how he goes today - his primary role will be to support teammate Vincenzo Nibali over the next few weeks, but you never know what may happen.


Talking of Bernal - the Colombian withdrew last week because of a broken collarbone. But in 1956, when the race first came to this climb, the Italian veteran Fiorenzo Magni rode it with a broken collarbone, biting down on an inner tube wrapped round his handlebars to help steer and ease the pain... Read more below.


Carapaz, the youngster from Ecuador who finished fourth overall last year, came home in the same time as Tanel Kangert and Britain's Hugh Carthy. Meanwhile, Pavel Sivakov is 13 seconds down after the flat as he hits the climb. He won the Tour of the Alps a fortnight ago and so is hitting some good form in a race which he only expected to have a support role until Egan Bernal pulled out.


Then, the rest of the top 10 is like this: 6. Laurens de Plus +35, 7. Damiano Caruso +40, 8. Victor de la Parte +45, 9. Bob Jungels +46, 10. Richard Carapaz +47.


An exhausted Tao Geoghegan Hart has this to day after his rider: "That was super good until the last few hundred metres when I went backwards. I felt so, so good then all of a sudden the devil came and hit me with a big hammer. Perhaps I went off a little bit too keen."


Reminder of the top five at the moment: 1. Primoz Roglic 12:54, 2. Vincenzo Nibali +23, 3. Miguel Angel Lopez +29, 4. Tom Dumoulin +28, 5. Tao Geoghegan Hart +35.


Pavel Sivakov of Team Ineos rolls down the ramp. Meanwhile, it's sixth place for Damiano Caruso, who crosses the line just as he reels in Thomas De Gendt of Lotto Soudal.


There's going to be a huge lull in this time trial before the remaining big names get going. Pavel Sivakov is off in a few minutes, shortly followed by Domenico Pozzovivo. Then we'll have the likes of Bauke Mollema, Jan Polanc, Ben O'Connor, Esteban Chaves and Ivan Sosa, Ineos's exciting Colombian climber. But all eyes will be on Simon Yates when he gets going at 18:43 UK time - still more than an hour away.


Geoghegan Hart comes home 35 seconds down on Roglic and that's not bad considering how good the Slovenian was.


Britain's Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) is zigzagging his way up the climb. He's going to ship a fair bit of time today. Following the withdrawal of Egan Bernal, the team formerly known as Sky have put out a young and inexperienced but very exciting squad for the Giro - with Tao co-leader with the Tour of the Alps winner Pavel Sivakov.


Here's an insight to how steep the climbs - although it's currently lined with a throng of fans. Diego Ulissi the latest rider to come home, but 50 seconds down on Roglic.


Mikel Landa is going to be over a minute down on Roglic... blimey, this is crazy: the Spaniard comes home in 14:01 so that's 1:07 down on the current leader. Ilnur Zakarin was even slower - he's 1:20 down. Campenaerts was 53 seconds down.


Roglic almost catches Demare before the finish - but no matter, he's absolutely smashed it! The Slovenian comes home in a time of 12:54. That's a whopping 23 seconds faster than Nibali and 28 seconds quicker than Lopez and Dumoulin.


Roglic has caught his minute-man on the climb - Amaro Antunes of Portugal. It's all about Roglic, Landa and Yates now... do they have what it takes to beat Nibali?


Vincenzo Nibali is going well as he hits the flat part after the climb - and he's in the lead! A time of 13:17 puts the Shark five seconds clear of both Lopez and Dumoulin...


Victor Campenaerts, the Belgian who beat Bradley Wiggins' Hour Record last month, is on the climb now. He'd usually be one to watch but this climb will make it hard for the Lotto Soudal rider.


It's provisional third for Bob Jungels who comes home in 13:40. That's 18 seconds down on Lopez and Dumoulin.


Formolo comes home in 13:44 so a bit off the pace for the Italian.


Meanwhile, Primoz Roglic is onto the climb now. Roglic has won every stage race he's done this year – the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Romandie – and came fourth in his maiden Tour de France last year off the back of three smaller stage race wins. Three victories in Romandie – over rolling terrain, a summit finish, and an ITT – shows that he should be the man to beat.


Miguel Angel Lopez comes home in the same time as Tom Dumoulin - and he's moved into the lead. Now that's interesting...


First bike change! And it's for Frenchman Arnaud Demare of Groupama-FDJ, who opts to change his TT rig for a road bike ahead of the climb. He's not a rider you'd expect to challenge for the spoils today so that's just a question of preference for the sprinter.


Nibali is on the climb and the fans can't get enough. If he's in pink in Verona in three weeks it will be the Italian's third win in his home tour.


Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) is on course - he's the big favourite for today and for the entire race.


Jungels is onto the climb. We're hearing he has the best time at the split so far.


Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) sets the target time of 13:22.


Mikel Landa (Movistar) is the latest to get his race under way. The Spaniard is hitting good form and this is his main target of the season.


Lopez is onto the climb now for Astana, while Dumoulin is approaching the top of the steep part but still has 800m to the finish.


Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) has just left. The crowds are out in their droves on the climb. Dumoulin is going up it in a TT position with the arches to his left at the moment. He'll swing under the portico and tackle the S-bend which is where the gradient hits 16% and the riders will surely be out of their saddles ahead of that long straight ramp.


Dumoulin has swept onto the climb - now the pain starts. He doesn't change bikes - so that ends those doubts. The climb is so short, it's unlikely that anyone will opt to lose time in changing steeds, even though the right approach means speed comes to a standstill.


Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has started. All the big names - except Yates - are opting to go early because of reports of bad weather later on. For now, though, it's hot and sunny with a blue sky.


The intermediate time split today is taken at the foot of the climb so after the opening flat 5.9km of riding.


Tanel Kangert (EF Education First), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Nans Peters (Ag2R-La Mondiale) have gone... and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) is the latest to go on his way. The Colombian is followed by Davide Formolo of Bora-Hansgrohe, who has twice finished in the Giro top 10.


We're under way! Big Tom Dumoulin rolls down the ramp and the 102nd edition of La Corsa Rosa is under way.


It's almost Dumoulin time...

Video - 60 Second Pro: Going as fast as you can in a time trial, with Tom Dumoulin


The riders will head off at one-minute intervals with most of the big favourites electing for an early time slot. For example, Lopez is at 15:54, specialist Victor Campenaerts, the Hour Record holder, at 15:57, Nibali at 15:58, Roglic at 16:01, Mikel Landa at 16:02... There is one glaring exception: Simon Yates has opted to go towards the end, and the Brit will be the third-last rider to go down the ramp at 18:43 UT time.


Tom Dumoulin - winner in 2017, runner-up last year - is the first rider to roll down the ramp today in the absence of defending champion Chris Froome. He's set to get going in less than 10 minutes at 15:50 UK time.


You might recognise today's climb from the autumn one-day Giro dell-Emilia race. It's been used sparingly in the Giro d'Italia - on just three occasions - but the punchy climb to the San Luca Sanctuary above Bologna has nevertheless hosted some key moments in Giro history – from Fiorenzo Magni's grimacing heroics to Simon Gerrans dropping a pre-breakthrough Chris Froome in 2009. In the latest of our Re-Cycle series, I take a closer look at the history of the iconic climb, thanks to a little chat with retired Aussie Gerrans, who currently works in London.


Our friends at GCN sent retired race whippet Dan Lloyd up the steep climb to San Luca this week and here is his preview of today's time trial course.

Video - 'There's a serious sting in the tail' - GCN ride Stage 1 of the Giro


Roglic - who has won all three stage races he's entered this year - is one of my "Big Five" riders who I feel can win this Giro. The others are the 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin, the 2018 Vuelta champion Simon Yates, who came so close to winning last year, the double champion Vincenzo Nibali, and the Colombian tyro Miguel Angel Lopez. Read about there chances in our full race preview here...


This is what's in store for the riders - a reverse ski-jump of a profile which, oddly enough, may suit the ex-ski jumper Primoz Roglic, who is the form man entering this race.

Profile of the opening time trial to San Luca in Bologna in the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Ciao ragazzi! Welcome to live coverage of the 102th edition of the Giro d'Italia. We're in Bologna for the opening time trial - a 8km race against the clock with a sting in the tail in the form of a savagely steep climb up to the Santuario di San Luca.