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The last Giro champions won in Abruzzo

The last Giro champions won in Abruzzo

The start of Remco Evenepoel in this 106th edition of the Giro d’Italia It has been simply stratospheric. A colossal performance in the opening time trial of the Pink Corsa With which he has crossed off two goals from his list of successes at the first opportunity: he has won his first stage in the Italian round and has donned the pink jersey for the first time in his life. Two birds with one stone. He only needs the Tour de France, where he has not yet participated, to complete the collection of victories in the three great tours when he is still 23 years old. Other level.

“A perfect way to return to the Giro. I am happy to achieve this great result in Italy”, Remco explained at the end of the stage to leave behind the ghosts of the past in the best possible way, since in his previous participation in the Giro 2021 he abandoned in the 18th stage as a result of falls. “I did the time trial as if it were a world championship. It is the best result we can get for the first day. I said that I needed a time of 21:30 to win and I did 21:18. I felt from the beginning that I had the right rhythm, always in the same gear. Now I want to be safe in the first week and save as much energy as possible for the next time trial”, confirmed the Belgian about the next stages.

There, due to his plans, it could happen to deliver the pink jersey in the fourth stage, as he confessed, in case the rest of his rivals agree to consent to a leak. In short, the situation is idyllic for the leader, who has before him the opportunity to prolong a curious statistic. The last two winners of the Giro, Egan Bernal (2021) and Jai Hindley (2022), won Senza Fine after winning a stage in the Abruzzo region, exactly where Remco won today. The Colombian triumphed in Campo Felice, while the Australian did the same last year in the fearsome Blockhaus. Evenepoel, for now, has the upper hand…

Remco: “In stage 4 I can let go of the pink jersey”

Already at a press conference, after uncorking for the first time the sparkling wine that the Giro d’Italia serves on its podiums, which earned him relieve Cadel Evans (2010) like the last runner who had worn the pink jersey, being in turn world champion, the Belgian prodigy analyzed different issues.

Progression: “Since the Vuelta I have gained a lot of confidence. I won the time trial in the Vuelta and now in the Giro. I feel confident.”

Surprise: “Yes of course. Outrunning them is not easy. To have been 15 seconds ahead would have been a great start, so to get more than that is amazing. I only have positive feelings.”

Roglic: “I already surpassed him like this in La Vuelta, but this time trial was shorter. I am really surprised to win the time trial. We have done very well”.

Pink jersey: “It’s a great honor. It wasn’t the big goal today, but it’s a nice extra. The most important thing for me is to wear pink in Rome. It is very good, so we will have to enjoy each day and each moment that we wear pink. It is a new achievement in my life. It’s a great feeling to wear pink over the rainbow.”

Best Performance: “It has not been the best day of my career, it was Liège or the world championship. Maybe it was one of the best. We are at a good level, in good shape”.

Strategy: “The next two stages are flat, with sprint finishes, so it will be difficult to lose the lead. Stage four could be the day to release the pink jersey”.

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