Giro d’Italia arrives in Sicily after rest day transfer

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AVOLA ITALY MAY 09 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​pink leader jersey attends to the media press during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Rest Day 1 on the arrival of the teams at Sicily airport Giro WorldTour on May 09 2022 in Avola Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel arrives in Sicily as leader of the Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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AVOLA ITALY MAY 09 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​pink leader jersey attends to the media press during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Rest Day 1 on the arrival of the teams at Sicily airport Giro WorldTour on May 09 2022 in Avola Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel arrives in Sicily as leader of the Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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AVOLA ITALY MAY 09 Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange Jayco during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Rest Day 1 on the arrival of the teams at Sicily airport Giro WorldTour on May 09 2022 in Avola Italy Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images

Simon Yates (BikeExchange) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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AVOLA ITALY MAY 09 LR Dries De Bondt of Belgium and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​and Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​pink leader jersey during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Rest Day 1 on the arrival of the teams at Sicily airport Giro WorldTour on May 09 2022 in Avola Italy Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel arrives in Sicily as leader of the Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Giro d’Italia riders, teams, race staff and media transferred safely from Hungary to Sicily on Monday after the Grande Partenza and three days of racing in eastern Europe. The riders face little chance for rest and recovery, with the first rest day in Sicily also the prelude to the first mountain stage atop Mount Etna on Tuesday.

The racing will switch from the flat stages and short time trial of Hungary to a hilly 170km ride in the rugged Sicilian countryside and then the 22.8km climb to the finish at the Rifugio Sapienza at 1892m. The battle for overall victory will begin in earnest, with 18 stages left to race before the final time trial in Verona on May 29.

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