Simon Yates blows away the cobwebs in Giro d’Italia opening stage

TURIN ITALY MAY 08 Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 1 a 86km Individual Time Trial stage from Torino to Torino Palazzo Madama Piazza Castello Public Fans ITT girodiitalia Giro on May 08 2021 in Turin Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) on stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) opened up the Giro d’Italia with a solid performance in the opening 8.6 kilometre time trial and now he’s looking ahead to the first of the stages where there’s the likelihood of a shuffle on the overall. 

Yates finished stage 1 in 37th place with a time of 9:25, 38 seconds back from Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) who won on the Turin course with a time of 8:47, however the Briton ceded only a little over 20 seconds to the fastest of the overall hopefuls. The best of the GC contenders was João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep), in fourth on a time of 9:04, with the bulk of the riders competing for the maglia rosa sitting in between 9:20 and 9:30.

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