As it happened: Giro d'Italia 2019 stage one time trial

Recap live updates of the Giro d'Italia opening time trial

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The 2019 Giro d'Italia kicks off with an 8km individual time trial in Bologna, but it'll be far from a straightforward opening for the riders.

The predominantly flat course ends with a sting in the tail, a 2km climb to San Luca that averages 9.7 per cent gradient.

Many of the overall contenders will head out on the course early in anticipation of possible bad weather later in the day, with Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) setting off first. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will be the last contender to head out, taking to the course third from last.

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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.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).