‘It’s all about the third week here’ – Ineos look to Giro’s long road to beat Evenepoel

TERAMO ITALY MAY 07 LR Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers Purple Points Jersey and Tao Geoghegan Hart of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers Blue Mountain Jersey prior to the 106th Giro dItalia 2023 Stage 2 a 202km stage from Teramo to San Salvo UCIWT on May 07 2023 in Teramo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Ineos teammates Filippo Ganna (left in purple points jersey) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (in blue mountains jersey) begin pursuit of race leader's classification across three weeks (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

A re-examination of the split times from the opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia saw Tao Geoghegan Hart hastily assigned the maglia azzurra of best climber minutes before the start of stage 2 in Teramo. That cosmetic adjustment aside, however, the key verdict of the race’s opening test remained unchanged: Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) is the man to beat on this Giro.

Still, even though Evenepoel’s hefty advantage from Saturday evening remained the same on Sunday morning, the initial shock and awe that greeted his finishing time had seemed to soften slightly among his rivals overnight. The emotions of this race can understandably lead to snap judgements, but its sheer difficulty demands perspective. 

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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.