Mathieu van der Poel storms to victory on stage one of the Giro d'Italia

Alpecin-Fenix rider claims pink jersey after his win, Biniam Girmay in second

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel powered to victory on the final climb of the day on stage one of the Giro d'Italia. On his first appearance at the Italian Grand Tour, the Alpecin-Fenix rider claimed the pink jersey at the first time of asking.

Heading into the final 500m, the Dutchman appeared out of it, but came from behind to power to victory ahead of Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) in a chaotic finale to the stage.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.