Marcin Białobłocki made the orange jerseys visible on stage 1 of 100th edition of Giro d’Italia, by riding in the first breakaway of the race.
Info: Stage 1, May 5th, Alghero – Olbia, 206km
Course: flat (three cat. 4 climbs)
The 33-year old rider broke clear soon after the gun, when 6-man group was formed. He escaped alongside Cesare Benedetti (Bora – Hansgrohe), Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data), Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-RusVelo). They gained over 7 minutes of advantage, but in that moment sprinters teams decided not to take too much risk and cut the gap early to just 2-3 minutes.
The breakaway was falling apart on cat. 4 climbs, but Białobłocki would always return to his fellow escapees. Benedetti was the one who was the most successful in chasing the points for the mountains classification, and put on the KOM jersey after the stage.
Białobłocki stayed in the front until final 20km of racing, when he fell behind on one of the hills. He returned to the bunch, but the journey of remaining attackers in the lead, didn’t last much longer. It all came back together and almost everyone was expecting a bunch sprint finish. Almost everyone, since Bora – Hansgrohe and its Lukas Postlberger decided to launch a late attack. It surprised sprinters completely and young Austrian could celebrate his stage victory and overall lead.
Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) came in 2nd and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) 3rd. Simone Ponzi was the first “rider in orange” at the line, finishing in 19th place.