This year’s Giro d’Italia opened with a challenging eight-kilometer long individual time trial that saw the riders tackle the short but steep climb up to San Luca, which had an average gradient of 9.7 percent and pitches of up to 16 percent in places.
With rain forecast, most of the race’s General Classification favorites chose to start their effort early with Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) setting a benchmark of 12 minutes 54 seconds, which would be enough to seal victory.
CCC Team’s de la Parte put in a solid effort in the flat opening section of the course but as the road kicked up, he showed that his strength lies in climbing, moving up the standings from around 30th at the intermediate checkpoint to provisionally seventh as he crossed the line.
The Spaniard’s time of 13 minutes 39 seconds proved strong enough to see him finish just in 12th place and with a time comparable to most of those looking to fight for the Maglia Rosa over the next three weeks.
Laurens ten Dam was CCC Team’s next-best rider at the end of the first stage, pushing hard during the time trial to limit his time loses before finishing in a time of 14 minutes 12 seconds.
Quotes From the Finish Line
Víctor de la Parte:
“My feelings on the bike were good today. I didn’t expect to start as strong as this. I came here from altitude training and normally the first day racing after that is hard. We will see what happens but I think we did a really good job today, me and the team, and we have showed that we are ready for the Giro.”
“The climb was really steep and I think maybe a bit too explosive for my style of riding, normally I like longer climbs. It was a short but very hard effort but I think it was good for me that the time trial was not totally flat.”
“This is of course a good start for me but we cannot forget that the Giro d’Italia is three weeks long and the first week will already be super difficult.”
Gabriele Missaglia, Sports Director:
“I am really happy with today’s result for Víctor and to be honest, it is not a surprise for me because I know that Víctor was working very well in altitude before this race. After this result, I believe that Víctor can do a good result in the General Classification. I know that the Giro is very long but, starting with this result is a good sign,”
“We know that Víctor is good at climbing but he was also good on the flat section today. His pace was very high at the beginning, around 58 to 60 kilometers per hour, and on the climb, he was really good. He kept a good tempo and I think he showed his strength.”
Stage 1 / ITT: Bologna > Bologna (8km)
Top 3: 1. Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) 2. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3. Vincenzo Nibali (Team Bahrain Merida)
CCC Team Top 3: 12. Víctor de la Parte 48. Laurens ten Dam 68. Amaro Antunes