Giro d'Italia 2016

May 6-29, Apeldoorn, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Barry Ryan

 Live coverage of stage 1 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia, a 9.8-kilometre time trial in Apeldoorn.

Time trial start times
Stage 1 preview
Giro d’Italia 2016 hub on Cyclingnews
Giro d’Italia 2016 Preview Podcast
Vincenzo Nibali: Tactics, rivalry and how he'll win the Giro d'Italia
Apeldoorn Giro presentation gallery
Valverde prepares to do battle in debut Giro d’Italia

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  1. 13:15:54 CEST

    The day of days has finally arrived. We're a little over 30 minutes from the start of the 2016 Giro d'Italia, which gets underway with a 9.8km time trial around Apeldoorn. Fabio Sabatini (Etixx-QuickStep) has the honour of being the first starter, and he is due to set out at 13.45 local time.

  2. 13:17:46 CEST

    The 198 riders set out an one-minute intervals, with Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge) the final starter at 17.02 local time. Most of the favourites for both stage honours and final overall victory will go out in the last tranche of riders, listed below:

    177 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 16:41:00
    178 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 16:42:00
    179 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 16:43:00
    180 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 16:44:00
    181 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 16:45:00
    182 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 16:46:00
    183 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 16:47:00
    184 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 16:48:00
    185 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff 16:49:00
    186 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal 16:50:00
    187 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Southeast 16:51:00
    188 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 16:52:00
    189 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 16:53:00
    190 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 16:54:00
    191 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 16:55:00
    192 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 16:56:00
    193 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ 16:57:00
    194 Stefan Kung (Swi) BMC Racing Team 16:58:00
    195 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 16:59:00
    196 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 17:00:00
    197 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek - Segafredo 17:01:00
    198 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge 17:02:00

     

  3. 13:19:05 CEST

    The full start order is here, and the first riders off from each of the 22 teams are as follows:

    1 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 13:45:00
    2 Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:46:00
    3 Songezo Jim (RSA) Dimension Data 13:47:00
    4 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha 13:48:00
    5 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 13:49:00
    6 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 13:50:00
    7 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 13:51:00
    8 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 13:52:00
    9 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff 13:53:00
    10 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 13:54:00
    11 Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina - Southeast 13:55:00
    12 Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 13:56:00
    13 Moreno Hofland (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 13:57:00
    14 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling 13:58:00
    15 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 13:59:00
    16 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 14:00:00
    17 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ 14:01:00
    18 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 14:02:00
    19 Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 14:03:00
    20 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida 14:04:00
    21 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek - Segafredo 14:05:00
    22 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica - GreenEdge 14:06:00

     

  4. 13:26:09 CEST

    Alasdair Fotheringham and Patrick Fletcher are in the Netherlands for Cyclingnews, and they reconnoitred the time trial course yesterday. The verdict? "Flat, fast, and with only a few technical sections, the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial in Apeldoorn will be anything but favourable towards the out-and-out climbers who are contending for overall victory in Turin in three weeks time." Read the full story here.

    Giro d'Italia 2016: stage 1 map

     

  5. 13:29:43 CEST

    The total altitude gained over the 9.8 kilometres, meanwhile, is a mere 9 metres.

    Giro d'Italia 2016: stage 1 profile 

     

  6. 13:38:56 CEST

    • Astana 2016

    In Italy, this Giro is all about Vincenzo Nibali, and the Sicilian featured on the front page of this morning's Gazzetta dello Sport beneath the legend "Nibali against everyone." Asked about his condition, Nibali said: “A question mark. But I’m aware that I’ve worked a lot and worked well. The numbers are good, but they’re only important up to a point.” 

     

  7. 13:44:11 CEST

    There are clear blue skies over Apeldoorn and temperatures have nudged above 20 degrees, as Fabio Sabatini (Etixx-QuickStep) readies himself in the start house to get the 2016 Giro d'Italia underway.

     

  8. 13:48:09 CEST

    Fabio Sabatini rolls down the start ramp and the 2016 Giro begins. The race begins indoors, incidentally, with the start ramp housed inside the Apeldoorn velodrome. 

     

  9. 13:50:52 CEST

    Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF), Songezo Jim (Dimension Data) and Anton Vorobyev (Team Katusha) are also out on the course.  The intermediate time check is after 4.8 kilometres, and Sabatini will, of course, be the first man through that point.

     

  10. 14:00:31 CEST

    • Lotto Soudal jersey 2016

    Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) is now out on the course. A decent ride here could put the German within striking distance of the maglia rosa before the race gets back to Italy - though his fellow countryman Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) will set out with an identical goal.

     

  11. 14:02:47 CEST

    • Etxx QuickStep

    Fabio Sabatini crosses the line in a time of 11:49 and is our - very - provisional maglia rosa. The Italian won't expect a long stay in the hot heat. 

     

  12. 14:05:43 CEST

    This is not, incidentally, the first time that a Grand Tour has had an indoor start in the Netherlands. That honour fell to 's-Hertogenbosch twenty years ago, when the 1996 Tour de France got underway from inside one of the largest cattle marts in Europe. Alex Zülle won out on that rainy evening, just ahead of a Chris Boardman who still clearly had his crash in the previous year’s prologue in Saint-Brieuc in mind. 

     

  13. 14:07:28 CEST

    This is not, incidentally, the first time that a Grand Tour has had an indoor start in the Netherlands. That honour fell to 's-Hertogenbosch twenty years ago, when the 1996 Tour de France got underway from inside one of the largest cattle marts in Europe. Alex Zülle won out on that rainy evening, just ahead of a Chris Boardman who still clearly had his crash in the previous year’s prologue in Saint-Brieuc in mind. And yes, some footage has found its way onto YouTube.

     

     

  14. 14:07:34 CEST

    This is not, incidentally, the first time that a Grand Tour has had an indoor start in the Netherlands. That honour fell to 's-Hertogenbosch twenty years ago, when the 1996 Tour de France got underway from inside one of the largest cattle marts in Europe. Alex Zülle won out on that rainy evening, just ahead of a Chris Boardman who still clearly had his crash in the previous year’s prologue in Saint-Brieuc in mind. And yes, some footage has found its way onto YouTube.

     

     

  15. 14:09:44 CEST

    Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) has set the new quickest time, clocking 11:37. That's one second quicker than Anton Vorobyev (Team Katusha).

  16. 14:13:09 CEST

    • Lotto Jumbo 2016

    Scratch that, Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo) has since delighted the home crowds by scorching through the finish in a new fastest time of 11:28, some 9 seconds up on Greipel. Hofland was named, incidentally, in honour of Moreno Argentin.

     

  17. 14:17:52 CEST

    Hofland’s new Italian teammate Enrico Battaglin was interviewed by the great Claudio Gregori in this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport, and conversation soon turned away from the race to the difficulties inherent in learning the local language. “I’m still climbing but learning Dutch has proved to be like scaling Mount Everest,” Battaglin admitted. “I only understand when they talk about cycling and I can speak a few simple phrases. But to communicate, I have to use English.”

     

  18. 14:22:39 CEST

    The UCI testers are out in force at the start, according to our man Patrick Fletcher, who says every bike in the race "is being given the ipad treatment." On that note, our own Stephen Farrand travelled to Aigle earlier in the week to hear UCI president Brian Cookson explain the technology behind their measures against mechanical doping.

     

  19. 14:25:06 CEST

    Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge) took the maglia rosa after the opening team time trial in Belfast two years ago, and he clocks a decent time here. The Canadian crosses the line in 11:29, one second down on Hofland.

     

  20. 14:35:34 CEST

    • Iam Cycling 2016

    Former world hour record holder Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling) has rocketed around the course at an average speed in excess of 52kph to record the new fastest time of 11:17.

  21. 14:38:47 CEST

    Meanwhile, two GC contenders are out on the course at the moment. Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo) is entering the final kilometres, while Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) has just started his effort. This could be a final Grand Tour appearance for each of the veteran former mountain bikers.

     

  22. 14:40:07 CEST

    Hesjdal was five seconds down on Brändle at the intermediate time check after 4.8 kilometres.

     

  23. 14:41:53 CEST

    Tanel Kangert (Astana) has come home with the second best time, but his 11:24 is 7 seconds down on Brändle.

     

  24. 14:44:10 CEST

    Hesjedal finishes in 11:36, 19 seconds down on Brändle.

     

  25. 14:51:36 CEST

    Lukasz Wisniowski (Etixx-QuickStep) has produced a very respectable time, but his 11:23 is still six seconds down on Brandle. The top five times so far are as follows:

    1 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling 00:11:17
    2 Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:11:23
    3 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 00:11:24
    4 Moreno Hofland (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:11:28
    5 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 00:11:29
     

     

     

  26. 14:54:01 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin jersey 2016

    Brandle's time has since fallen to Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin), who has clocked a fine 11:11 to put himself into the hot seat, 6 seconds up on the IAM Cycling man.

     

  27. 14:55:14 CEST

    Provisional standings:

    1 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant-Alpecin 00:11:11
    2 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling 00:11:17
    3 Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 00:11:23
    4 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 00:11:24
    5 Moreno Hofland (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:11:28

     

  28. 14:56:08 CEST

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  29. 15:01:59 CEST

    • AG2R La Mondiale 2016

    We missed him coming through the finish a while ago, but Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) clocked a time of 11:41, fully 30 seconds down on Ludvigsson's provisional best. Ludvigsson's split times will be a very useful guide for his leader, local favourite Tom Dumoulin, who sets out at 16.47 local time.

     

  30. 15:06:50 CEST

    Last year's Giro winner Alberto Contador has spoken to our man Alasdair Fotheringham of his plans to continue racing in 2017, and his openness to the idea of competing into 2018.  You can read the full interview, a Cyclingnews exclusive, right here

     

  31. 15:09:04 CEST

    • Team Sky 2016

    Philip Deignan (Sky) closes his time trial in 11:53, good enough for 31st place thus far. The Irishman performed very strongly in a free role at the Giro two years ago, and will be a key part of Mikel Landa's guard in the high mountains here.

     

  32. 15:11:45 CEST

    Alexandr Kolobnev (Gazprom-RusVelo) begins his Giro. Many (this writer included, mea culpa) assumed the Russian had retired when he announced he was taking an extended break from racing last year, but he is back in the colours of the Giro's surprise wildcard invitation. You can read a profile of the squad here.

     

  33. 15:13:33 CEST

    • Lotto Soudal jersey 2016

    48th best time so far for Adam Hansen, who has just started his 14th consecutive Grand Tour, a run that began at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana. 

     

  34. 15:20:52 CEST

    • FDJ jersey 2016

    FDJ's time trialling improvement has been one of the stories of 2016, and Alexandre Geniez crosses the line with the fourth best time to date. His 11:24 is 13 seconds down on Ludvigsson. The Rodez native was 9th overall a year ago, building on his 13th place of 2014.

     

  35. 15:23:46 CEST

    Alasdair Fotheringham informs us that the wind has been rising slightly in Apeldoorn. It means the riders are chugged along by a tailwind early on before riding against the wind in the closing kilometres.

     

  36. 15:27:35 CEST

    Geniez, incidentally, had the same time as Ludvigsson at the 4.8km mark, but then coughed up 13 seconds over the back end of the course. It may be flat and uncomplicated from a technical standpoint, but at 9.8km in length, it's long enough to ensure that riders have to dose their efforts carefully or risk fading in the finale.

     

  37. 15:29:50 CEST

    • Astana 2016

    Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) hurtles out of the velodrome to start his Giro. The Dane is the 104th of 198 starters this afternoon, and will likely go out quickly, like Kangert did, in order to provide a reference point for Nibali.

     

  38. 15:34:57 CEST

    • Trek Segafredo 2016

    Fabian Cancellara has been laid low by illness but is still targeting the maglia rosa this afternoon, but Trek-Segafredo have another contender in the shape of Jack Bobridge, who has just started his effort.

     

  39. 15:37:02 CEST

    Raucous cheers at the finish for Maarten Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo) who is riding the final Grand Tour of his career. The Dutchman stops the clock in 11:37, good enough for 13th place so far.

     

  40. 15:40:06 CEST

    Jack Bobridge, incidentally, was setting off from some very friendly confines in the Apeldoorn velodrome - he won the individual and team pursuit titles there at the 2011 World Track Championships. 

     

  41. 15:46:28 CEST

    It's a disappointing time for the Australian. Bobridge closes in 11:45, some 34 seconds off Ludvigsson's pace, in provisional 32nd place.

     

  42. 15:51:35 CEST

    After warming down on the rollers past the finish line, Tobias Ludvigsson has had plenty of time to settle in the hot seat, where he is watching the late finishers come in. 

     

  43. 15:52:42 CEST

    Fuglsang, meanwhile, had the 9th best time at the finish, clocking 11:31, 20 seconds down on Ludvigsson.

     

  44. 15:55:08 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin jersey 2016

    Giant-Alpecin have clearly prepared well for this time trial. Georg Preidler records the third quickest time to date. His 11:20 is just 9 seconds down on his teammate Ludvigsson. Tom Dumoulin will have no shortage of useful information on split times when he rolls down the start ramp...

     

  45. 15:56:07 CEST

    • Movistat 2016

    Carlos Betancur (Movistar) puts in a respectable ride over the 9.8km course, stopping the clock in 11:40 for the 24th best time to date.

     

  46. 15:57:13 CEST

    Tobias Ludvigsson betrays his first signs of anxiety in the hotseat as news reaches him that Martijn Keizer (LottoNL-Jumbo) has scorched through the 4.8km mark with the new quickest intermediate time, one second up on the Swede.

     

  47. 15:59:28 CEST

    Keizer catches and passes his minute man Genki Yamamoto (Nippo-Vini Fantini) in the final kilometre. The home crowds are willing him home. It's going to be close...

     

  48. 16:00:58 CEST

    • Lotto Jumbo 2016

    Like so many riders, Keizer faded on the second part of the course, and he crosses the line in 11:20, good enough for 4th place, but 9 seconds down on Ludvigsson, the provisional maglia rosa.

     

  49. 16:03:48 CEST

    Giant-Alpecin has yet to win a race in 2016, while Ludvigsson has landed a victory since he won Etoile des Besseges two years ago. He has still has some way to go here, mind. There are still more than 70 riders left to finish, including the bulk of the favourites for this time trial.

     

  50. 16:05:15 CEST

    Silvan Dillier (BMC) takes the third best time to date. His time of 11:19 sees him slip in ahead of Preidler and Keizer in the provisional standings.

     

  51. 16:06:00 CEST

    Provisional standings:

    1 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant-Alpecin 00:11:11
    2 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling 00:11:17
    3 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 00:11:19
    4 Georg Preidler (Aut) Giant-Alpecin 00:11:20
    5 Martijn Keizer (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:11:20

     

  52. 16:12:03 CEST

    The best times at the intermediate time check after 4.8km make for interesting reading, and demonstrate clearly that the difference on this course is being made in the closing five kilometres.

    Provisional best times at 4.8km:

    1 Martijn Keizer (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:05:26
    2 Anton Vorbobyev (Rus) Katusha 00:05:27
    3 Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling 00:05:27
    4 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant-Alpecin 00:05:27
    5 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 00:05:27
     

     

  53. 16:14:47 CEST

    And Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) duly careers through the 4.8km mark with a new quickest time, some 3 seconds up on Keizer and 4 ahead of Ludvigsson. 

     

  54. 16:20:37 CEST

    And, not altogether surprisingly, Wellens collapses like a deck chair over the last five kilometres. He comes home in 11:31, losing almost five seconds per kilometre to Ludvigsson over the back end of the course. The wind in the finale seems to be stiffer than many had anticipated.

     

  55. 16:22:06 CEST

    Giant-Alpecin seem to have sussed out the vagaries of this course, mind. Fourth best time for Chad Haga, who comes home in 11:19.

     

  56. 16:23:37 CEST

    • Lotto Jumbo 2016

    LottoNL-Jumbo are another team whose riders have all been performing strongly and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) has hurtled past the finish line with the new best time. His time of 11:03 is some 8 seconds quicker than Ludvigsson, a fine ride from the Slovenian.

     

  57. 16:24:35 CEST

    Another quick time shortly afterwards, as Moreno Moser (Cannondale) comes home in provisional third place, clocking 11:15, 12 seconds down on Roglic.

     

  58. 16:27:51 CEST

    Roglic performed very strongly indeed over the back end of the course, and he recorded an average speed of 53.212kph for the 9.8km.

     

  59. 16:28:46 CEST

    Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) is out on the course, meanwhile. The German will be hard-pressed to match Roglic, but he'll be looking to put himself in contention to wear the maglia rosa by the time the race leaves the Netherlands.

     

  60. 16:34:44 CEST

    • Etxx QuickStep

    Kittel will surely be satisfied with his showing. The German comes home with the third best time to date, 11 seconds down on Roglic. It all depends on what Dumoulin, Cancellara et al can conjure up later, of course, but as it stands, Kittel is within striking distance - or a couple of time bonuses - of the maglia rosa.

     

  61. 16:37:59 CEST

    "The pink jersey would be a great extra but it is not the priority," Kittel says after crossing the line. 

     

  62. 16:39:05 CEST

    • Movistat 2016

    Fourth overall a year ago, Andrey Amador (Movistar) is off to a flyer again here. The Costa Rican comes home with the second best time to date. His 11:09 is just 6 seconds down on Roglic.

     

  63. 16:40:15 CEST

    • Crash

    Disappointment, meanwhile, for local rider Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo), who crashes on a left-hand bend. He remounts but all hopes of a high finish today have disappeared.  

     

  64. 16:41:42 CEST

    Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) begins his Giro. There are just 22 riders left to start - one rider from each of the 22 teams in the race.

     

  65. 16:42:22 CEST

    The running order for the remainder of the afternoon's action is as follows: 

    177 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 16:41:00
    178 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 16:42:00
    179 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 16:43:00
    180 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 16:44:00
    181 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 16:45:00
    182 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 16:46:00
    183 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 16:47:00
    184 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 16:48:00
    185 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff 16:49:00
    186 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal 16:50:00
    187 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Southeast 16:51:00
    188 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 16:52:00
    189 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 16:53:00
    190 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 16:54:00
    191 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 16:55:00
    192 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 16:56:00
    193 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ 16:57:00
    194 Stefan Kung (Swi) BMC Racing Team 16:58:00
    195 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 16:59:00
    196 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 17:00:00
    197 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek - Segafredo 17:01:00
    198 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge 17:02:00

     

  66. 16:45:39 CEST

    A caveat before we start parsing and analysing the performances of the GC contenders over the next half hour or so in minute detail. The longer opening time trial in Utrecht at last year's Tour de France threw up some relatively notable time differences, yet 24 hours later, the day's 'winners', Thibaut Pinot and Vincenzo Nibali, had coughed up minutes to Chris Froome after getting caught out in the crosswinds on the opening road stage. Whatever happens, it's a long road to Turin.

     

  67. 16:47:16 CEST

    • Team Sky 2016

    Mikel Landa (Sky) begins his Giro. The Basque is normally a weak time triallist, though he claims to have put in a lot of specific work in the discipline since joining his new team this season. Time will tell...

     

  68. 16:48:04 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin jersey 2016

    The loudest cheers of the day for Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) as he sets out in search of the maglia rosa on home roads. 

     

  69. 16:49:00 CEST

    • Movistat 2016

    The applause is rather more muted for Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who will be looking to get around safely.

     

  70. 16:49:50 CEST

    Dumoulin settles quickly into his aerodynamic tuck. Giant-Alpecin riders have performed well through the afternoon and he will have no shortage of information at his disposal.

     

  71. 16:51:52 CEST

    Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) is now out on the course. Today will surely be an exercise in damage limitation for the Pole.

     

  72. 16:52:31 CEST

    Landa comes through the 4.8km mark in 5:37, the 52nd best time to date, some 14 seconds off the pace.

     

  73. 16:53:07 CEST

    At the finish, meanwhile, Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) comes home in 11:16, for the 6th best time to date.

     

  74. 16:53:47 CEST

    Fastest time for Tom Dumoulin at the 4.8km mark. The Dutchman clocks 5:21, two seconds up on Tim Wellens, for an average speed of 53.831kph.

     

  75. 16:55:32 CEST

    Majka goes through the 4.8km mark already 19 seconds down on the flying Dumoulin. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale), meanwhile, has just set out on his time trial.

     

  76. 16:56:55 CEST

    • Astana 2016

    Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) begins his effort. Judging from the intermediate times, there is a chance to make some useful gains this afternoon.

     

  77. 16:57:52 CEST

    A wall of noise greets Dumoulin as he sweeps into the final kilometre of his time trial. Has he held his pace over the back end of the course?

     

  78. 16:58:11 CEST

    Landa comes home in 11:43, some 40 seconds off the pace.

     

  79. 16:59:06 CEST

    Quickest time for Tom Dumoulin - just. The Dutchman comes home in 11:03, mere fractions of a second up on a disbelieving Roglic, who shakes his head sadly in the hot seat.

     

  80. 17:00:24 CEST

    19th best time so far for Valverde, 24 seconds down on Dumoulin - but some 16 seconds up on Mikel Landa. The Spaniard won't be unhappy with that start.

     

  81. 17:01:24 CEST

    Rafal Majka comes home in 11:41 - 38 seconds down on Dumoulin and just 2 ahead of Mikel Landa.

     

  82. 17:02:18 CEST

    • Trek Segafredo 2016

    A determined Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) rolls down the start ramp and sweeps through the opening bend. He is the man most likely to deny Dumoulin the pink jersey.

     

  83. 17:03:09 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge) begins his effort, the final man to start the time trial.

     

  84. 17:04:09 CEST

    Nibali was 7 seconds down on Dumoulin at the 4.8km mark, but one second up on Valverde.

     

  85. 17:04:56 CEST

    Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) caught Damiano Cunego for one minute, but has to settle for 19th place so far, just ahead of Valverde.

     

  86. 17:06:40 CEST

    Disaster for young Stefan Kung (BMC), who crashed into the barriers and loses all hope of stage victory. Mercifully, the Swiss rider quickly remounts his replacement bike and doesn't appear to be badly hurt. He was just one second down on Dumoulin at the 4.8km mark, too.

     

  87. 17:07:15 CEST

    Cancellara comes through the 4.8km mark some 8 seconds down on Dumoulin.

     

  88. 17:08:07 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) gets around safely. He comes home in 15th place, 19 seconds down on Dumoulin. That means he's gained a second on Valverde and 21 seconds on Landa. A solid start for the Sicilian.

     

  89. 17:09:29 CEST

    Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) recorded a time of 11:35, incidentally. There are just five riders left to finish, and, barring something very special, it looks as though Dumoulin is going to claim the first maglia rosa of the Giro.

     

  90. 17:10:12 CEST

    A real case of what might have been for Stefan Kung. Even with his crash, he only lost 16 seconds to Tom Dumoulin. The Swiss rider was clearly on song...

     

  91. 17:12:36 CEST

    As Tom Dumoulin warms down on the rollers, the king of the Netherlands ambles over to pass on his congratulations. The Giant-Alpecin man has this in the bag.

     

  92. 17:13:30 CEST

    Cancellara can't get close to Dumoulin. The Swiss rider crosses the line with the 8th best time to date, 14 seconds down on the Dutchman. Michael Hepburn is the only rider left to finish...

  93. 17:14:20 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) has won stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia and will wear the first maglia rosa of the race. Hepburn comes home in 11:23, 20 seconds off the pace.

     

  94. 17:15:51 CEST

    Dumoulin finally allows himself to accept the congratulations of King Willem-Alexander and Giro director as he climbs off the rollers. The weight of expectation was on the Dutchman, but he more than delivered...

     

  95. 17:16:26 CEST

    A disappointed Cancellara, meanwhile, sits on the pavement, surrounded by a scrum of microphones and cameras.

     

  96. 17:17:22 CEST

    Result:


    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin 00:11:03
    2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo
    3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 00:00:06
    4 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant-Alpecin 00:00:08
    5 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-QuickStep 00:00:11
    6 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale 00:00:12
    7 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-QuickStep 00:00:13
    8 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 00:00:14
    9 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling
    10 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 00:00:16

     

  97. 17:20:32 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    A relieved Tom Dumoulin speaks before mounting the podium and receiving the maglia rosa: "It is a relief. I’m feeling sick in my stomach now but at the same time so happy. I did it. Luck was on my side today, the luck I didn’t have in Romandie. To have it paid back here in the Netherlands is very special."

     

     

  98. 17:21:27 CEST

    A gnomic maxim worthy of Johan Cruyff from Dumoulin as he assesses his peformance: "I didn’t do my best TT but I also didn’t do my worst," he says. "I didn’t really do a mistake, but I would have liked to have been a bit faster but in the end, the result is all that counts and I did it."

     

  99. 17:29:14 CEST

    • Team Sky 2016

    Mikel Landa's snap assessment of his low-key showing in the time trial: "I think it was difficult but my time is quite good, what I expected. This was one of the time trials that worried me: short, flat and difficult. I thought I could have lost more time. I felt quite good. I’m a bit tired but quite happy with my result."

     

  100. 17:30:43 CEST

    Of the GC contenders, only Domenico Pozzovivo fared worse than Landa, losing 47 seconds, but others had low-key showings. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) will be disappointed to lose 33 seconds for instance. This is, after all, the man who won the Barolo time trial just two years ago.

     

  101. 17:32:05 CEST

    Here's an overview of how some of the GC contenders fared:

    Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin 00:11:03
    Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 00:00:03
    Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 00:00:19
    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:24
    Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 00:00:30
    Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha 00:00:32
    Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale 00:00:33
    Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff 00:00:38
    Jean-Christophe Péraud Ag2r-La Mondiale (Fra) 00:00:38
    Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 00:00:40
    Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale 00:00:47
     

     

  102. 17:34:12 CEST

    Nibali will surely be satisfied to have put time into most of his principal rivals - but if Tom Dumoulin gets through the first week unscathed and if he can conjure up something similar in the Chiant time trial, he would surely enter the reckoning for the podium in Turin, despite his protestations that the GC is not a target. Like so much of the Giro, mind, that's all hypothetical at this point, and for now Dumoulin is happy to enjoy his moment in the pink on the podium.

     

  103. 17:37:25 CEST

    Dumoulin's win is Giant-Alpecin's first of a 2016 campaign that began in such trying circumstances with the team's crash at their training camp in Calpe. Tobias Ludvigsson took fourth on today's stage and wears the white jersey of best young rider: "It’s really special to take the first win of the year for the team here in Holland," he says. "It’s a really good day for the whole team and also personally for myself to have the young jersey. I surprised myself a bit and I spent the day in the hot seat. It was a long day."

     

  104. 17:42:44 CEST

    • Astana 2016

    Vincenzo Nibali, who lost 19 seconds to Dumoulin, has declared himself pleased with his afternoon's work in the Netherlands. "I can be more than satisfied with how it’s gone. There’s always nervousness in the build-up to a Grand Tour and it’s nice to get it started," he says. "It was a very explosive time trial and I had to make a very big effort. The first part was very fast indeed, then you had a technical section and few longer straights into the wind. It’s one stage done and now we’ll think about what’s to come next."

     

     

  105. 17:44:35 CEST

    Dumoulin, now in the pink jersey, talks some more about his victory: "It’s incredible, I almost can’t describe it in words. It’s better than I could have imagined to get the most beautiful jersey in cycling in front of my home crowd. I thought I did a good second part but Roglic was even faster so apparently I won it in the first part. To win by two-hundredths of a second is to win by a breath of air, really."

     

  106. 17:46:13 CEST

    And, as he has been doing since last winter, Dumoulin downplays his prospects of wearing the maglia rosa in Turin three weeks from Sunday. "If I can keep this for 21 days, then I’ll do that but I don’t think I have the level to compete in the high mountains," he says. "I didn’t do an altitude training camp."

     

  107. 17:49:17 CEST

    Result:


    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin 00:11:03
    2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo
    3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 00:00:06
    4 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant-Alpecin 00:00:08
    5 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-QuickStep 00:00:11
    6 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale 00:00:12
    7 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-QuickStep 00:00:13
    8 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 00:00:14
    9 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling
    10 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 00:00:16

     

  108. 17:49:59 CEST

    The full results, report and pictures from Apeldoorn will all be available here in due course.

     

  109. 17:55:06 CEST

    Video highlights of today's stage are now Tom Dumoulin on the podium after winning stage 1 of the 2016 Giro d'Italiaavailable here.

     

  110. 17:56:43 CEST

    Video highlights of today's stage are now available here.

  111. 17:57:34 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin on the podium after winning stage 1 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

     

  112. 17:58:26 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin on the podium after winning stage 1 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

     

  113. 18:21:03 CEST

    Thanks for following our live coverage on Cyclingnews this afternoon. Our full report is now available here, and we'll have all the news and reaction from Apeldoorn in due course. And, as ever, we'll be back with more live coverage tomorrow, as the Giro gruppo faces the first road stage, 190 kilometres from Arnhem to Nijmegen. Only four Sundays to Turin...

     

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