Two bike changes force young Italian outside time limit of opening Giro d'Italia time trial

Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè's Luca Covili is the second rider in two years to finish outside the time limit on the opening TT of the Italian Grand Tour

Luca Covili on the stage one Giro d'Italia 2020 time trial (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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While Ineos' Filippo Ganna captured the maglia rosa in the opening time trial to delight home fans at the 2020 Giro d'Italia, it couldn't have been a worse day for his young compatriot Luca Covili.

The 23-year-old Italian, who rides for Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè, finished outside the time limit on the 15.1km downhill time trial, coming in more than seven minutes down on Ganna's best time of 15-24.

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