Roglič takes the first Maglia Rosa

Jumbo-Visma’s GC leader Primož Roglič is in the pink from the earliest opportunity after claiming the first Maglia Rosa of the 102nd Corsa Rosa.

The Slovenian was head and shoulders ahead of his competitors, winning the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia on the 8km Individual Time Trial – with its spiky 2km climb at the finish to the San Luca sanctuary – forging a 19-second advantage over the chasing pack that he has maintained after the following two stages which featured sprint finishes.

Primoz Roglic

As bad weather had been predicted towards the end of the Stage 1 running order many of the favorites took the early slots available to their teams, creating an unusual situation where the lead was held from near the start of proceedings. Roglič went early and was to wait in the hot-seat for more than two hours until his victory was confirmed after the solid but ultimately unsuccessful effort by Simon Yates, then the final run from Salvatore Puccio.

The Slovenian’s Stage 1 win sets up the overall battle perfectly, with his General Classification rivals all facing a time deficit and psychological hill to climb.

Primoz Roglic

“It’s not very technical… it’s full gas on the climb. It’s a nice gap and you always want more and more, but a win is a win.”

Primoz Roglic