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As it happened: Narváez defeats Pogačar to win opening stage of the Giro

Jhonatan Narváez


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Here’s what stage winner Narváez had to say at the finish.

More time was lost by Quintana, who finished 57 seconds behind, finishing in the same group as Bardet and Plapp, who were dropped earlier. 

Aside from the riders dropped earlier (such as Arensman and Bardet), it seems most of the GC contenders finished in the group at 10 seconds: as well as Thomas, Caruso, Dunbar, O’Connor,  Martínez and Uijtdebroeks were all there.

What a great day for Ecuadorian cycling, too, with Narvaez wearing their national colours as national champion. The nation already has a real love affair with the Giro, following Carapaz’s overall win here five years ago.

Here’s today’s top ten in full:

The rest of the favourites arrived 10 seconds behind the leading trio, so not too much time coneded to Pogačar.

It turns out Schachmann also got the better of  Pogačar in the photo finish, claiming second-place behind Jhonatan Narváez.

Winner Team Ineos' Ecuadorian Jhonatan Narvaez (C), flanked by second placed Team Bora's German rider Maximilian Schachmann (R) and third placed Team UAE's Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar (L), celebrates as he winsthe stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia 2024 cycling race, 140 km between Venaria Reale and Turin on May 4, 2024. The 107th edition of the Giro d'Italia, with a total of 3400,8 km, departs from Veneria Reale near Turin on May 4, 2024 and will finish in Rome on May 26, 2024. (Photo by Luca Bettini / AFP)

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