When Friday, May 6
From Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
To Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
Category Flat individual time trial
Impact on GC 2/5
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We’re in the casual cyclist’s mecca of the Netherlands for the start of this year’s Giro d’Italia, where the pros are set to race on the same roads in the city of Apeldoorn enjoyed by thousands of locals every day.
As you’d expect from this part of the world, the course doesn’t contain so much as a sleeping policeman to break up the pan-flat parcours.
Named ‘stage one’ rather than a ‘prologue’, this course is too long for prologue specialists yet also too short to have a significant GC impact, and not ideal for the likes of local favourite Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) who prefers a more sustained effort.
It’s a similar length to the last time the Giro kicked-off with an individual time-trial in 2012 won by Taylor Phinney (BMC), but the American won’t feature at this year’s Giro, leaving way for other outside contenders including Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo), Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quick Step) and Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling)
But Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) is the man to beat.