Philippa York analysis: Expect a very different Giro d'Italia without Evenepoel

FOSSOMBRONE, ITALY - MAY 13: (L-R) Primož Roglič of Slovenia and Team Jumbo-Visma and Tao Geoghegan Hart of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers cross the finish line during the 106th Giro d'Italia 2023, Stage 8 a 207km stage from Terni to Fossombrone / #UCIWT / on May 13, 2023 in Fossombrone, Italy. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images,)
Primož Roglič,Tao Geoghegan Hart and Geraint Thomas went on the attack during stage 8 (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

It was no surprise when Remco Evenepoel claimed the maglia rosa after stage 1 of the Giro d’Italia, even if we all thought Filippo Ganna would rival the world champion more closely. He couldn’t match him. Nobody could. Evenepoel seemed unbeatable.

Yet a week is a long time at the Giro d'Italia, more so than in any other Grand Tour. 

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Philippa York

Philippa York is a long-standing Cyclingnews contributor, providing expert racing analysis. As one of the early British racers to take the plunge and relocate to France with the famed ACBB club in the 1980's, she was the inspiration for a generation of racing cyclists – and cycling fans – from the UK.

The Glaswegian gained a contract with Peugeot in 1980, making her Tour de France debut in 1983 and taking a solo win in Bagnères-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees, the mountain range which would prove a happy hunting ground throughout her Tour career. 

The following year's race would prove to be one of her finest seasons, becoming the first rider from the UK to win the polka dot jersey at the Tour, whilst also becoming Britain's highest-ever placed GC finisher with 4th spot. 

She finished runner-up at the Vuelta a España in 1985 and 1986, to Pedro Delgado and Álvaro Pino respectively, and at the Giro d'Italia in 1987. Stage race victories include the Volta a Catalunya (1985), Tour of Britain (1989) and Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1990). York retired from professional cycling as reigning British champion following the collapse of Le Groupement in 1995.