Mollema unimpressed with Giro d'Italia start in Budapest

Bauke Mollema before Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Two years after it was initially planned, the Giro d'Italia will get underway in Budapest, Hungary on Friday. It's the 14th time the Grand Tour has started outside of Italy but not all of the riders were impressed. Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema said the whole trip has been "a pain in the ass".

"I don't really have a Giro feeling yet. I've only been here one day," Mollema said in a pre-race press conference according to Wielerflits. "After the team presentation later today, I expect to have a bit more feeling."

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