The Austrian rider Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe) won the 206km Alghero-Olbia opening stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) finished second and third.
Thanks to his victory, Pöstlberger is the new race General Classification leader, wearing the first Maglia Rosa.
1 – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe) – 206km in 5h15’35”, average speed 39.415km/h
2 – Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) s.t.
3 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
1 – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe)
2 – Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) at 4″
3 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) at 6″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the new race leader Lukas Pöstlberger said: “It’s a surprise! I knew my shape was good. We wanted to try to lead Sam Bennett out but he lost my wheel and when I saw a gap, I decided to try myself. I gave all I had. It worked out. This is my first professional win and I get the Maglia Rosa. It will take me a long time to believe this.”
Press conference interviews and further details to follow.