Copyright: LaPresse – D’Alberto / Ferrari

The Austrian rider Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe) won the 206km Alghero-Olbia opening stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) finished second and third.

Thanks to his victory, Pöstlberger is the new race General Classification leader, wearing the first Maglia Rosa.

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the new race leader Lukas Pöstlberger said: “It’s a surprise! I knew my shape was good. We wanted to try to lead Sam Bennett out but he lost my wheel and when I saw a gap, I decided to try myself. I gave all I had. It worked out. This is my first professional win and I get the Maglia Rosa. It will take me a long time to believe this.”

Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe)
  • Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Cesare Benedetti (Bora – Hansgrohe)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe)

FINAL RESULT
1 – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe) – 206km in 5h15’35”, average speed 39.415km/h
2 – Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) s.t.
3 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe)
2 – Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) at 4″
3 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) at 6″