Stage 1 | Alghero to Olbia | Giro d'Italia 2017
The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia is underway and Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe were in Sardinia to see Austrian rider Lukas Pöstlberger take a surprise stage win in Olbia.
The 25-year-old Austrian rides for Peter Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team but he stepped out of the world champion’s shadow to claim the squad’s biggest victory of the season. It was a victory that owed much to a tricky finish, with two right-hand corners in the final three kilometres and good team-work.
Richard, Lionel and Daniel assess the day’s racing, discuss the charms of Sardinia, open their first packets of Panini Giro d’Italia stickers (yes, really) and look ahead to see what the rest of the race might have in store.
They canvas the opinion or riders, sports directors and journalists about who might win the pink jersey in Milan in three weeks time, hear from last year’s nearly man Steven Kruijswijk, Bruno Reverberi, whose Bardiani-CSF team were at the centre of a doping scandal on the eve of the race and Jens Zemke, the sports director of the victorious Bora-Hansgrohe squad.
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