Giro d’Italia analysis: Downhill TT gives Nibali and Kruijswijk extra mountain to climb

Vincenzo Nibali of Trek-Segafredo in stage 1 time trial at 2020 Giro d'Italia
Vincenzo Nibalio of Trek-Segafredo lost over a minute to GC rival Geraint Thomas in opening time trial (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

On Saturday morning, the scirocco wind was making its unruly presence felt in the heart of Palermo, rattling shutters on the Via Maqueda, sweeping newspapers across Piazza Politeama, whipping up tablecloths outside the cafés around the Teatro Massimo.

The wind was even more persistent on the exposed drop from the Cathedral of Monreale into the city itself, posing all manner of decisions on strategy and equipment for the 176 participants in the opening time trial stage of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. By day’s end, the choices made – particularly regarding start times – were borne out by the results sheet.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.