Salvatore Puccio: Surprised and pleased with Giro d'Italia lead

Salvatore Puccio, Giro d'Italia 2013, stage two

Sky's Salvatore Puccio never imagined that at the end of today he would be wearing cycling's famous pink jersey. Designed by Paul Smith, blessed by the Pope and tonight, tucked under Puccio's pillow, it is a perfect way for a 23-year-old Italian to debut in the Giro d'Italia.

"I hope I can keep it for a long time, but clearly it won't happen... It'd be a dream come true to arrive to the next time trial [on Saturday] in it," Puccio said to journalists near Forio's port. "I'll at least have it for tonight. I'll keep it safe under my pillow."

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.