Filippo Ganna powers to Giro d'Italia 2020 stage one victory and first pink jersey

Geraint Thomas was the best placed of the general classification contenders in the opening time trial

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Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) took victory on the opening stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, powering to the win on the short opening time trial to Palermo.

The world champion finished 22 seconds clear of João Almeida (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) in second place, riding at over 58km/h average speed on the tricky course that featured a technical descent.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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