Astana Pro Team in front of the peloton to remember Scarponi with Fabio Aru, Italy Sport Minister Luca Lotti and Sardinia President Francesco Pigliaru for the ceremonial start.
Alghero, 5 May 2017 – Good morning from Stage 1 of Giro d’Italia, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, and running from 5 to 28 May. The 206km Alghero-Olbia stage could finish with a bunch sprint, although the San Pantaleo short punchy climb at few kilometres from the finish line could bear some surprises.
The peloton, 195 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.34. Did not start: dossards n.31 and 39.
Alghero (12.25 – Start): Few clouds, 21°C. Wind: weak – 11km/h.
Olbia (17.15 – Finish): Cloudy, 22°C. Wind: moderate – 18km/h.
Stage 1 – Alghero-Olbia 206km – total elevation 1,800m
The stage runs along the northern coast of the island. The route is relatively wavy and bumpy, with a long, steady sequence of constant undulations, and a number of short, steep ramps, including three categorised climbs in Multeddu, Trinità d’Agultu and San Pantaleo. The latter, less than 20km from the finish, totals approximately 5km at an 8% slope over a few kilometres, and maximum gradients are even higher in the first part. A rolling finale leads all the way to Olbia.
The final 7km are on long and mainly straight avenues within the urban agglomeration, descending slightly at first. 2km before the finish, the route covers a short stretch on stone-slab paved road. There is a last, wide bend 600m before the finish, leading into the home straight on an 8m wide asphalt road.