Sky’s Salvatore Puccio never imagined that at the end of today he would be wearing cycling’s famous pink jersey. Designed by Paul Smith, blessed by the Pope and tonight, tucked under Puccio’s pillow, it is a perfect way for a 23-year-old Italian to debut in the Giro d’Italia.

“I hope I can keep it for a long time, but clearly it won’t happen… It’d be a dream come true to arrive to the next time trial [on Saturday] in it,” Puccio said to journalists near Forio’s port. “I’ll at least have it for tonight. I’ll keep it safe under my pillow.”

Italian time trial champ, Dario Cataldo led Sky over the line and to win the second stage, a 17.4-kilometre on the north of Ischia. The team discussed last night that he would cross first and give himself a chance to take the maglia rosa.

No one bothered to think Cataldo, Puccio and the other two riders that crossed with leader Brad Wiggins would be on the same time. The jury had to give the jersey to the best-placed Sky rider in yesterday’s opening stage. Puccio placed 33rd, Cataldo 84th.

“It happened so fast. About two minutes before we went up on the podium to receive the award for the stage win, [team press officer] Dario Cioni told me that I took the pink jersey. I was surprised. Brad was a little surprised, too, but I think he’s happy,” Puccio added.

“It’s means a lot. After two years working for the team, today I took a big personal win. Everyone dreams of this jersey. Whoever races dreams of taking part in the Giro and wearing the pink jersey.”

Puccio attacked the attention of Sky’s principal by winning the Under 23 Tour of Flanders in 2011. He turned pro in last year with Sky. Besides this day and wearing the pink jersey, he dreams of winning a classic, specifically the professional Tour of Flanders.

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  • Lee

    Cyclingweekly…. I’m pretty sure this isn’t a Sky funded magazine…. Don’t forget the awesome performances by Blythe in 8th yesterday, Cav in the red points jersey and a superb first GT showing already by Dowsett in the young riders jersey.

    Terry… OPQS DS LeFevre is actually building the whole team around Cav, Boonen doesn’t have the form as yet this year due early season crashes and injuries before the classics. Boonen is really a one day classics specialist (and awesome rider) but he’s not a GT rider who can scoop up multiple wins like Cav. At the moment their train is misfiring a bit, but Cav proves time and again he can still win massive races/stages without one.

  • Terry

    Team Sky back on form but where are OPQ for Cav ? They’re just not trying- a disgrace to the Maglia Rosa !!
    Are they showing their loyalty to Tom Boonen by not backing Cav up ?? He got more support at Sky !