When Saturday May 9
From San Lorenzo al Mare
To San Remo
Category Team time trial
Impact on GC 3/5
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Where are we?
For the fifth time in its history, the Giro starts in the Liguria region. Riders active during the spring may feel a sense of déjà vu in this first stage, as we’re in the part of Liguria that plays host to the finale of Milan-San Remo.
What’s on the route?
Though the area and some of the roads may be the same, in reality this day of racing could hardly be more different to Milan-San Remo — while that is a fiercely contested, 300km long, one-day Classic, this is a team time trial that lasts just 17.6km, and is the first of 21 stages in the race.
The flat course takes place on a picturesque former railway turned bike path called the Riviera dei Fiori, with the Mediterranean to the riders’ left and many of the roads and landmarks featured in Milan-San Remo to their right.
Sprinters will rue being in the home of the so-called sprinters’ Classic, yet not being able to contest a bunch finish, while puncheurs will make forlorn glances towards the Cipressa and Poggio. The upcoming stages in the Liguria region will give them their chance, should their teams do well today.