Pello Bilbao wins Tour of the Alps 2018 stage one as Chris Froome goes on the attack

Astana claim first and second place on tough opening stage of the Tour of the Alps

Pello Bilbao (Astana) wins stage one of the 2018 Tour of the Alps (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Astana claimed first and second place on the opening stage of the 2018 Tour of the Alps, with Pello Bilbao going solo to victory on a tough opening stage to take the overall lead.

Bilbao got away after the descent from the final climb with around 3km to go, and was able to establish around a 10 second gap as pushed on towards the finish.

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Richard Windsor

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