Giro d’Italia 2022: Mathieu van der Poel edges Biniam Girmay to win opening stage

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Van der Poel holds off Girmay to win the opening stage

Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel marked his Giro d’Italia debut in model with victory after a chaotic end to the race’s opening stage.

As a classics specialist who excels in punchy climbs, Alpecin-Fenix’s Van der Poel got here into the primary stage as favorite and gained by a motorbike size.

Caleb Ewan crashed after hitting Girmay’s wheel within the frantic finale.

Australian sprinter Ewan’s fall simply metres from the end line summed up a busy conclusion to the 195km run from Budapest to the hilltop citadel at Visegard.

However Van der Poel timed his assault to perfection, coming from behind to edge out Girmay in 4 hours, 35 minutes and 28 seconds and take the pink jersey, after a stint in yellow eventually 12 months’s Tour de France.

“I knew positioning was going to be the important thing to the win at this time,” mentioned Van der Poel, 27.

“It was fairly troublesome at instances and I discovered myself boxed in and I had to make use of up a number of vitality to meet up with the fellows in entrance.

“My legs had been stuffed with lactic on the finish and it actually harm – nevertheless it’s unimaginable after the yellow jersey to put on the pink.”

Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe), 2019 champion Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) completed fifth, sixth and seventh to choose up 4 seconds on the opposite common classification contenders, together with Britain’s Simon Yates.

After ending second on the opening day of his first Grand Tour look, 22-year-old Girmay mentioned: “I attempted to do my greatest, I’ve by no means accomplished a dash prefer it. For 250-300 metres I’m on the restrict. I totally settle for he was stronger than me at this time however I am actually completely happy.”

Mark Cavendish, again on the race after a nine-year absence, had mentioned previous to the race he wouldn’t search to contest this stage given the uphill end, however the Fast Step-Alpha Vinyl rider was energetic within the intermediate dash and picked up a handful of factors.

The race continues with a 9.2km time trial in Budapest on Saturday, the second of three phases in Hungary earlier than the race strikes to Sicily subsequent week.

Stage one outcomes

1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned/Alpecin-Fenix) 4hrs 35mins 28secs

2. Biniam Girmay (Eri/Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) Identical time

3. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Bahrain-Victorious)

4. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den/EF Training-EasyPost)

5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Bora-hansgrohe)

6. Richard Carapaz (European/Ineos Grenadiers)

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo)

8. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Crew Emirates)

9. Andrea Vendrame (Ita/AG2R Citroen) +4secs

10. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den/Trek-Segafredo) Identical time

Common classification standings after stage one

1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned/Alpecin-Fenix) 4hrs 35mins 18secs

2. Biniam Girmay (Eri/Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) +4secs

3. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Bahrain-Victorious) +6secs

4. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den/EF Training-EasyPost) +10secs

5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Bora-hansgrohe) Identical time

6. Richard Carapaz (European/Ineos Grenadiers)

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo)

8. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Crew Emirates)

9. Andrea Vendrame (Ita/AG2R Citroen) +14secs

10. Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den/Trek-Segafredo) Identical time

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