It was hoped that the Giro d’Italia would explode into life at Mount Etna in Sicily but a strong wind discouraged attacks from most of the favourites. However, there was an impressive stage win, a new pink jersey, a crash for one of the the overall contenders and a controversial incident that has led to one rider being disqualified from the race.
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the stage in the shadow of the active volcano and there’s a surprise appearance by friend of the podcast Ciro Scognamiglio of La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The two men of the day were Bob Jungels, who took the pink jersey from his Quick Step team-mate Fernando Gaviria, and Jan Polanc, who pulled off a stunning stage win from the break in similar fashion to his victory at Abetone two years ago.
We hear from the two Dutch hopefuls Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk, who had contrasting afternoons on the volcano, Orica-Scott’s Adam Yates, who is now third overall, and his sports director Matt White, as well as Eusebio Unzue of Movistar.
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