Riders conflicted on safety of opening Giro d'Italia time trial course

Victor Campenaerts was scathing in his review of the 'oily' descent while Simon Yates and Rohan Dennis said all riders had to deal with the same blustery winds

Ruben Guerreiro on stage one of the 2020 Giro d'Italia (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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It was a breathless couple of opening hours to the 2020 Giro d'Italia, as a hectic, blustery downhill time trial left riders nervously waiting at the start and viewers on the edge of their seats at home.

The larger, yet still comparatively slight, time trial specialists of the peloton were set to compete for stage honours and the race's first maglia rosa, with teams clocking top speeds above 100km/h during recons of the course.

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