Early pace set by Simon Yates but Giro d’Italia remains a marathon

Short, early time trials at the Giro d’Italia can be deceptive. The inclination to project towards the future explosive is tempered by the knowledge that, historically, such efforts have not always been reliable indicators of readiness for an endurance race of this magnitude.

“In the Danube’s waves, past, present and future are all embracing in a soft caress,” wrote the poet Attila Joszef, whose statue gazed out upon the mighty river and the time trial course from its perch outside Budapest’s neo-gothic parliament building.

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