The Giro d'Italia 2020, the 103rd edition of the race, kicks off with a 15.1 km time trial from Monreale to Palermo. Great expectations for the 24 year old from Verbania Filippo Ganna, fresh from the victory in the time trial of the Imola World Championships.
22 teams at the start, 176 runners. It starts from Monreale going up to the Cathedral (a 20 meter long tunnel is worth mentioning) and then tackles the very fast descent towards the center of Palermo. At the end of the descent, turn left (time measurement) and the second part begins, characterized by the presence of long straight sections with wide curves.
Altitude: the time trial climbs for about 1 km, then descends for 3 km and then reaches the plain or the slight slope (sometimes downhill, others up). In the final a long straight that leads to the finish line. Filippo Ganna tries to repeat himself after the world championship on a path suited to his characteristics.
The Ineos Grenadiers rider aims to win the stage and thus wear the first pink jersey. Eyes also focused on other time trial specialists such as the Belgian Victor Campenaerts (NTT Pro Cycling) and also on Ganna's teammates, the Australian Rohan Dennis (twice time trial champion) and the British Geraint Thomas, one of the main favorites too.
for the final victory.
Giro d'Italia 2020: let's start!
Filippo Ganna will start from the starting gate with a gold painted bike, to celebrate his triumph at the Imola World Championship and hoping to be the first to wear the pink jersey.
The English Alex Dowsett, former time record holder, will open the inaugural time trial of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday at 1.15pm, 15.1 km from Monreale to Palermo. Three minutes later the Belgian Campenaerts, the current record holder of the hour, will start.
Lastly, the Polish Majka, at 4.10 pm and therefore not the specialty world champion Filippo Ganna, a possibility provided for by the regulation. But Ineos Grenadiers made different choices, probably linked to weather and wind forecasts, and therefore the 24-year-old from Piedmont will leave at 14.58.
Start at 14.36 for the British Thomas, while Vincenzo Nibali will start at 15.57, one minute after Jakob Fuglsang. The Italian said: "I have to try to stay calm, the good news is that the weather should be ok and therefore there will be a few less risk factors for the start of Monreale.
It's my first Giro and I'm really excited. To arrive here with a first stage suited to my characteristics is beautiful, let's see what comes out. Before the World Championship I called the coach Cassani saying I wanted to win? This time I'm not calling anyone ...
let's hope everything goes well, I'm confident. More than the uphill sections I think about the pitfalls of the descent, good brakes will be needed. If someone had told me that I would have started the Giro with the world champion jersey? I would have told him to drink less. "