May 5, 2017
Postlberger shocks sprinters with stage win
Giro Debutante Lukas Postlberger (BoraHansgrohe) took a shock win on the opening stage of the 100th Giro after attacking in the closing half kilometre and holding off the combined might of the sprinters.
The Austrian rider Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe) won the 206km Alghero-Olbia opening stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia. Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) finished second and third.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the new race leader Lukas Pöstlberger said: “It's a surprise! I knew my shape was good. We wanted to try to lead Sam Bennett out but he lost my wheel and when I saw a gap, I decided to try myself. I gave all I had. It worked out. This is my first professional win and I get the Maglia Rosa. It will take me a long time to believe this.
“There was some wind all day. It made the stage hard. We had one guy [Cesare Benedetti] in the front group, so we saved energy for the finale. I heard Sam Bennett shouting on the radio 'Pösti - go for it' when I got a gap. We have all the Maglias [jerseys]. This is Bora’s best day ever at the Giro. It’s also the biggest result in my career. I need some time, some weeks maybe and some glasses of wine to realize what I've achieved. It wasn’t planned, but this is cycling, it’s kind of faith and desire. I’ve learned from Peter Sagan to have fun and always take the positive side of things, even if it’s snowing like at the Tour de Romandie last week. This is my first start in a Grand Tour but it’s also my first time in Sardinia and not the last time for sure. I’m already planning some holidays here one day that I’ll have some time in the summer. It’s beautiful.”
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Cesare Benedetti (Bora - Hansgrohe)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe)
Stage 2 – Olbia-Tortolì 221km - total elevation 2,800m
This is a medium mountain stage, running almost entirely through inland Sardinia. First comes a rolling section across the district of Nuoro, with three long climbs: Bitti and Orune (non-categorised climb), Nuoro (a steeper, categorised climb) and Passo di Genna Silana (cat. climb). After Genna Silana is a long, fast-running descent (over 20km, quite bumpy at points) on wide, well-surfaced roads. The final 10km are flat.
After leaving the SS125 and entering the centre of Girasole, the route cuts across the industrial area of Tortolì, on wide roads alternating with series of roundabouts. The roadway narrows 2km before the finish, crosses the railway track and turns right straight away, into the home straight (1,800m long), on a 7.5m wide asphalt road.
Stage Results and GC
1 - Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe) - 206km in 5h15’35”, average speed 39.415km/h
2 - Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott) s.t.
3 - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
1 - Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe)
2 - Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott) at 4"
3 - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) at 6"