Evenepoel hits ground running at Giro d’Italia with knock-out stage 1 ITT

ORTONA ITALY MAY 06 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Soudal Quick Step celebrates at podium as Pink Leader Jersey winner during the 106th Giro dItalia 2023 Stage 1 a 196km individual time trial from Fossacesia Marina to Ortona UCIWT on May 06 2023 in Ortona Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Remco Evenepoel of Soudal-QuickStep celebrates at podium with Pink Leader Jersey after winning stage 1 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

A devastatingly-strong performance by Remco Evenepoel in the opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia has seen the reigning World Champion capture his first-ever stage victory in the corsa rosa and take the leader’s pink jersey. He made a massive statement about his GC intentions all in one fell swoop.

As chance would have it, Evenepoel’s opening triumph took place just a few kilometres away from the coastal city of Pescara, where 22 years ago the previous Belgian to lead the Giro, Rik Verbrugghe, also won the opening time trial.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.