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The 2023 Giro is presented under the shadow of COVID

The 2023 Giro is presented under the shadow of COVID

The Trabocchi Coast, with the Adriatic Sea as a backdrop, gave a warm Welcome to the Giro d’Italia. An edition of 2023, the 106th of the Corsa Rosa, which in the hours prior to its start is the same as the weather that it looks like pescara in the last days: clouds and clear. And it is that there have already been up to five significant absences due to COVID positives that have affected the Trek-Segafredo, Bahrain-Victorious and especially Jumbo-Visma. The American team opened the season with Giulio Ciccone, at the top of a list of casualties that were joined shortly after Tobias Foss, Robert Gesink, Jos van Emden and Gino Mäder. Curiously, the absence of the Norwegian, world time trial champion, prevented the two rainbow jerseys from being seen in this Giro, a nice coincidence that It hadn’t happened since 2007 with Paolo Bettini and Fabian Cancellara. Most likely, unfortunately, is that COVID will continue to do its thing…

Looking ahead to the show, the most worrying thing is that two of the four affected belong to the team of whom for many is the top favorite for the title, a Primoz Roglic who appeared smiling late in the afternoon before the fervor of the crowd that acclaimed him in the Piazza della Rinascita in Pescara, oblivious to the uncertain situation that will plan every day about the fate of the riders in this Giro. “This has become the ‘Gran Casino’,” said the Slovenian, referring to the situation that the covid has left in his team in recent hours. Van Emden entered the squad as a substitute for Foss and Gesink’s positives, but ultimately had to be replaced by Oomen after also being infected. The Tour de Romandie, where there was also a positive for Alexey Lutsenko, seems to be the focus.

On the other side of the coin is Remco Evenepoel, who arrives full after his recent exhibition in Liège and with his entire team, without setbacks, or casualties. The Belgian made a rainbow shine that he hopes to dye pink on May 28, when the race ends in Rome. is guaranteed absence of the last two champions, Egan Bernal and Jai Hindley, who opted for the Tour de France, although who knows if Tao Geoghegan Hart will, the only rider who knows what it’s like to win the Italian round of all those present. They were also seen in Pescara other favourites, such as Geraint Thomas, Joao Almeida and Alexander Vlasov, in addition to the seven Spaniards who will try to have a presence in the race to fight for stage wins: Jonathan Lastra, Diego Pablo Sevilla, Luis León Sánchez, José Joaquín Rojas, Óscar Rodríguez, Albert Torres and Carlos Verona. 21 days left 3,400 kilometers and 51,000 meters unevenness to suffer and enjoy in equal parts. The first main course of the season is already here.

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