Good morning and welcome to today's Cycling Weekly live blog. Happy Coronation Day, to those of you who celebrate. To those who don't, happy Saturday!
The Giro d'Italia starts today with a 19.6km individual time trial along the Adriatic coast. I'll be bringing you live updates from the opening stage from one o'clock.
9:41 - British cycling legend Tony Doyle dies
10:13 - Thomas Gloag gets late Giro d'Italia call-up
10:33 - Lance Armstrong goes to Mars
10:56 - Key Giro d'Italia stage one start times
11:09 - Chloé Dygert leaves Vuelta Femenina
11:28 - Giro d'Italia stories you may have missed
12:50 - Giro d'Italia live updates
13:00 - Remco Evenepoel sets sights on maglia rosa
15:05 - Gaia Realini awarded La Vuelta Femenina stage six victory after photo finish confusion
16:13 - Remco Evenepoel wins stage one of the Giro d'Italia
Tony Doyle dies aged 64
On Friday evening, news broke that former world track champion Tony Doyle had passed away, following a month-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Doyle won two world titles on the track, both in the individual pursuit, in 1980 and 1986. He was also a master of six-day racing, winning 23 events throughout his career.
After his retirement in 1995, Doyle was elected president of British Cycling and was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame in 2009.
He received an MBE for services to cycling in 1989.
Thomas Gloag gets late Giro d'Italia call-up
The Londoner, racing in his first year on the WorldTour with the Dutch squad, will replace Jan Tratnik in their eight-rider line-up, after the Slovenian was injured in a training crash on Friday.
The late substitution marks Jumbo-Visma’s fifth going into the race. A spate of Covid cases ruled out Tobias Foss, Robert Gesink and Jos van Emden, while Wilco Kelderman conceded his place in the team due to injury last month.
Gloag has already ridden two WorldTour stage races this year, the UAE Tour and the Tour de Romandie. His best result this season came at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, where he placed second on stage four to Tao Geoghegan Hart.
The Brit will be line up at the Giro alongside Edoardo Affini, Koen Bouwman, Rohan Dennis, Michel Hessman, Sepp Kuss and Sam Oomen, all supporting a GC bid for team leader Primož Roglič
Lance Armstrong goes to Mars
Former cyclist Lance Armstrong is off to Mars. Yes, the planet. No, not literally.
The 51-year-old is taking part in a new Fox reality TV show called 'Stars on Mars', filmed in the Australian outback. The brand-new competition show will see 12 celebrities carry out missions, all the while living in environments resembling the red planet.
At the end of each weekly episode, one celebrity will leave the show.
Armstrong will be joined on 'Mars' by wrestler Ronda Rousey, figure skater Adam Rippon and American footballer Marshawn Lynch, among others. The show airs in the US on 5 June.
How’s everyone doing down there on earth? We’re having a blast up here on Mars. Well, most of us are. Stay tuned. #starsonmars pic.twitter.com/DYDsrzZEhYMay 6, 2023
Giro d'Italia stage one start times
There's just a few hours to go until the first Grand Tour of the men's calendar gets underway.
Stage one is a simple 19.6km individual time trial, starting in Fossacesia Marina, and finishing in Ortona.
Below are a few key start times to note, in BST:
12:50 - Laurens Huys (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) - first rider down the ramp
13:23 - Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma)
13:45 - Thomas Gloag (Jumbo-Visma)
14:13 - Hugh Carthy (EF Education-EasyPost)
14:25 - Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan)
14:53 - Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers)
15:08 - João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates)
15:15 - Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)
15:34 - Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step)
15:35 - Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
15:36 - Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)
15:37 - Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers)
15:38 - Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe)
If you're after a full list, you can find one on our sister site Cyclingnews.
Chloé Dygert drops out of Vuelta Femenina
Canyon-Sram rider Chloé Dygert has abandoned the Vuelta Femenina ahead of today's sixth stage.
The American, who finished third on stages two and three, will now focus on rest and recovery as she eases back into road racing.
The team's sports director, Magnus Bäckstedt, said: “Chloé has now raced 5 hard stages for her welcomed return to racing with the team. Together with our coaching staff, we’ve decided that Chloé won’t take the start for stage six. It will allow Chloé the time to recover and prepare for her next race.”
Dygert suffered a freak crash during the individual time trial at the 2020 World Championships, lacerating her leg on a road barrier. She has competed in just three road races since the accident; the Olympic Games road race in 2021, last year's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and now the Vuelta Femenina.
Canyon-Sram will compete with six riders for the remaining two stages of the race, which concludes on Sunday.
DS Maggy Bäckstedt: “Chloé has now raced 5 hard stages for her welcomed return to racing with the team. Together with our coaching staff, we’ve decided that Chloé won’t take the start for stage six. It will allow Chloé the time to recover and prepare for her next race.” pic.twitter.com/oNjV6dEo0HMay 6, 2023
Giro d'Italia stories you may have missed
Ahead of today's Grande Partenza, here are a few Giro d'Italia pieces to get you clued in on this year's race:
- Full route analysis
- Eight riders to watch
- How Covid has already impacted the race
- Mark Cavendish 'hungry' for a stage win
- Charlie Quarterman's rags to riches Giro selection
- Five key stages that will define the race
- How to watch the Giro d'Italia 2023
Giro d'Italia live updates
The opening stage of the Giro d'Italia is about to begin. Strap in for live updates of today's individual time trial, a 19.6km course down the Adriatic coast from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona.
Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) has won the opening time trial twice at his home Grand Tour. Is anyone betting against him doing it for a third time?
Giro d'Italia 2023 stage one: The first rider is down the ramp. Laurens Huys of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty gets the Giro d'Italia underway. Provided he isn't tagged, the Belgian will lay claim to being the first person in the hot seat.
'If I can take the pink jersey, why not?'
In his pre-race press conference on Thursday, world champion Remco Evenepoel revealed he has his eyes on the maglia rosa in today's time trial.
"If I can take the pink jersey on Saturday, why not?" he said. "Last year I won the Vuelta [a España] with the red jersey on stage six, so I think we've already shown we are capable of controlling the race for long periods."
Asked about his tactic for the Italian Grand Tour, Evenepoel said: "My goal is to be the fastest from here in Fossacesia to Rome.
"I hope that I can be on the same level as [Primož Roglič] on the climbs, and just be on a better level in the time trials. I think that's a good recipe to try."
Giro d'Italia 2023 stage one: Oh to be by the Italian seaside. The riders out on the course are hugging the coast as they head south to Ortona. The hills are green, the water's blue, and fans at the roadside are all in short-sleeved t-shirts. What a day for it.
Giro d'Italia 2023 stage one: Campbell Stewart (Jayco AlUla) is averaging in excess of 52km/h. This is going to be a fast one.
Giro d'Italia 2023 stage one: Evenepoel, Roglič, Küng and Ganna will all roll out within a minute of each other later this afternoon. The Belgian starts at 15:34 BST.
Giro d'Italia 2023 stage one: The first riders have finished. Huys clocks 24:28 over the line, with Stewart closely following to take the race lead.
Vuelta Femenina 2023: Don't forget that stage six of the Vuelta Femenina is taking place now, too. There's a lot of drama. Annemiek van Vleuten has pulled a select group clear, with red-jersey-wearer Demi Vollering currently trailing the peloton.
We'll provide reaction from the race once it's finished. There's 41km to go.
Giro d'Italia 2023 stage one: New fastest time for Nico Denz (Bora-Hansgrohe) - 22:41. Must've been the Specialized helmet head sock.
Giro d'Italia 2023 stage one: Stefan de Bod (EF Education-EasyPost) is now in the hot seat. I'll be honest, the top of the leaderboard is going to change a lot in the first hour or so.
Giro d'Italia 2023 stage one: Here's a closer look at the scenery in Italy.
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