The Dutch Team starts the 2017 edition in the same way of how they ended the race one year ago, dominating the Team Time Trial Stage (Aquileia – Grado, 11.5 km), ended in 14’47”. Second place for Team Sunweb (19” delay), third is Orica-Scott 22”. The Canadian Karol-Ann Canuel, first at the finish for the winning team, wears the Pink Jersey.
Like one year ago, when Leah Kirchmann won the Prologue in Gaiarine, it’s another Canadian as the first overall leader of the Giro Rosa: Karol-Ann Canuel, 29 years old born in Quebec, is also the National Champion of the Time Trial.
The 2016 winner Megan Guarnier is second in the GC, and the World Champion Amalie Dideriksen is third with the same time.
Astana Women Team leaded the provisional classification for long time and the cuban Arlenis Sierra dreamed of wearing the “Maglia Rosa”. Canyon-SRAM and Orica – Scott Team came suddenly with the new best time and they will beated only by the last two teams, Sunweb and Boels Dolmans.
The Stage 1 has Canuel in Pink Jersey, Lucinda Brand Cyclamine Jersey, Amalie Dideriksen in White, Annemiek Van Vleuten in Green and Elisa Longo Borghini in Blue.
Tomorrow the Giro has the first Road stage, (number 2 overall), 124 kms from Zoppola to Montereale Valcellina.
Results Stage 1 (Aquileia – Grado, 11.5 kms):
1. Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 14’47”
2. Team Sunweb +19”
3. Orica – Scott +22”
General Classification after Stage 1:
1. Karol-Ann Canuel 14’47”
2. Megan Guarnier st
3. Amalie Dideriksen st
The Jerseys of the 2017 Giro Rosa after Stage 1:
Pink Jersey COLNAGO: Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
Cyclamine Jersey SELLE SMP: Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb)
Green Jersey PURPLE by GLOBALSTOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica – Scott)
White Jersey COLNAGO: Amalie Dideriksen (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team)
Blue Jersey GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)
Photo (c) Flaviano Ossola