Van Der Poel Wins Giro Opener As Ewan Falls Short
Muhammad Rameez Published May 06, 2022 | 10:27 PM
Dutch Alpecin rider Mathieu van der Poel won the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday, a 195km run from Budapest to the hilltop citadel at Visegrad
Visegrd, Hungary, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th May, 2022 ) :Dutch Alpecin rider Mathieu van der Poel won the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday, a 195km run from Budapest to the hilltop citadel at Visegrad.
Van der Poel edged Eritrean Biniam Girmay and Pello Bilbao to the finish line atop a 4km climb as Australian Caleb Ewan fell heavily when making his burst for the line.
"I knew positioning would be key," said Van der Poel, whose team flew to the front at the foot of the climb as he then lurked patiently until the final moment.
Ineos Grenadiers leader Richard Carapaz gained a tiny advantage over all his long-term rivals when he hung on to the shirt-tails of the winning clique to finish four seconds ahead of Bike Exchange's Simon Yates, UAE's Jaoa Almeida and DSM's Romain Bardet.
The 176-rider peloton left Budapest for the first of 21 stages totalling 3,446km. That prospect was no deterrent to Italian pair Mattia Bais and Filippo Tagliani who broke away as soon as the starter's flag waved.
They were only reeled in by a reluctant peloton 13km from the finish.
The Giro opens with three days in Hungary and on Friday mounted Hussars galloped alongside the peloton, which itself looked impressive as it swept along the banks of the Danube river towards the castle at Visegrad.