Giro d’Italia stage 1 – Live coverage

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While there are usually two intermediate sprints per stage, only one also awards seconds as well as points.

Today it is the second sprint in Esztergom, with 27.5km to go.

Here’s the intermediate sprint in Székesfehérvár.

Filippo Tagliani leads Drone Hopper teammate Mattia Bias over the line.

The peloton is gradually pulling back Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper).

Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Senne Leysen (Alpecin-Fenix) re leading the chase at the head of the peloton.

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We’re 10km from the intermediate sprint.

“Today’s finish is going to be very fast,” Almeida told Cyclingnews’ Alasdair Fotheringham at the start.

“We’ll see how it goes. For sure the sprinters will ride and go for it. If I don’t lose time it’ll be a good day for me.”

Joao Almeida waves. He’s always cool and collected but will have to be careful in the hectic finish today.

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A Hungarian landscape at the Giro d'Italia

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The peloton has pulled the two attackers back to 8:00 as they pass through the feed zone in Vereb.

The intermediate sprint is just 20km away.

Here are the two attackers Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper).

Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper) on the attack

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Intermarche are also helping with the chase now, with Team DSM lined-out behind the Intermarch and Alpecin rider.

150km to go

The race turns off the highway and is riding towards the intermediate sprint.

Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper) lead by 8:45, with Alpecin leading the chase.

Riders are dropping back to team cars to collect bidons. We can see Chris Jensen load up for BikeExchange.

Back in the race, Richard Carapaz is at the back of the peloton after taking a natural break. He is escorted by Ineos teammate Ben Swift.

It’s great to see the 19-year-old Ukraine national champion Andrii Ponomar at the Giro.

Ukraine national champion Andrii Ponomar (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli)

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Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)

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Vincenzo Nibali waves to the Budapest crowd at sign-on

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The three Hungarian riders: Erik Fetter (Eolo-Kometa), Barnabás Peák (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ)

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The Giro started in central Budapest

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This was the roll out from Budapest.

The Giro rolls out of Budapest

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The peloton is almost 8km behind the attackers.

Senne Leysen is leading the peloton for Alpecin, his lift in speed lining out the peloton.

Finally, behind the Alpecin-Fenix ​​team have started to lead the peloton.

165km to go

Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Happer) have extended their lead to 11:00.

Here are the attackers: Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper).

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The race is into the Hungary countryside but there is little or no wind today and so little risk of crosswinds and echelons.

It is surely up to Alpecin-Fenix ​​to inspire a chase. There are some mind games going on between the teams.

175km to go

Wow. The peloton has allowed the attackers to open a 7:30 lead and are still not chasing.

Surely the teams hoping to win the stage will soon start to chase.

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Preview: Giro d’Italia finish at Visegrad citadel offers double glory

Valter Giro 2021

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Valter knows the climb to the finish and spoke about it in detail in our special stage preview.

“It’s really hard to say who will win the stage, even though I’ve done it quite a lot of times,” Valter explained.

“I think it depends a lot on the weather. If there’s a headwind, it’s a big advantage for the sprinters because the group can’t go so fast. Even if they push on the front, the sprinters can stay on the wheel, so I think there are many scenarios.

“The team has two scenarios: If Arnaud hangs on, then I will help him. It’s much better to have someone who can win a stage, because if it’s a headwind with a big bunch, I will have a hard job. fast but I’m fast from a group of maybe ten guys, not from a bunch to beat people like Arnaud and Mathieu van der Poel.

The Groupama-FDJ rider featured prominently in the early stages of last year’s Giro, making a name for himself by defending the pink jersey with honor.

Valter got a huge cheer at the start, with the local fans recognising him.

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Hometown hero Attila Valter is one of three Hungarian riders in the race.

The others are Erik Fetter (Eolo-Kometa) and Barnabás Peák (Intermarché-Wanty_Gobert).

It is the first time and Grand Tour has started in Hungary and the 14th time the Giro has started outside of il Bel Paese.

The first part of the 195km stage is on the M6 ​​highway, so on wide, smooth roads.

The local crowds are filling the bridges to watch the race go by.

185km to go

This is a very tranquillo start to the Giro.

The two attackers now lead the gruppo by 3:20.

The peloton seems happy to roll along and let the attackers open a significant lead.

Riders are chatting with friends, catching-up with fellow countrymen from different teams and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.

190km to go

The two attackers already have a gap of 1:45.

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The peloton does not seem too worried and has let them go.

Two Drone Hopper riders have surged away. They are Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani.

And we have the first attack!

195km to go

They’re off!

Race director Stefano Allocchio waves the flag and the 2022 Giro d’Italia is officially underway.

Lots goes on at the stage starts.

Romain Bardet was awarded a special UNESCO prize for fair play for stopping during Liege-Bastogne-Liege to help Julian Alaphilippe after his crash.

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The riders are fresh and ready to race after the Grande Partenza countdown in Budapest.

The teams arrived on Monday and Tuesday and have been taperring their riding to be at the best for three weeks of intense racing.

The riders appear relaxed with only one puncture in the neutralised sector and lots of riders stopping for natural breaks.

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Thomas de Gendt is up front near the director’s car. Will he go in the early break today so that Lotto Soudal do not need to work on the front for Caleb Ewan?

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The riders are tucked in behind the race director’s black car, enjoying the start of another three-week Grand Tour and the cheers from the large crowds.

Buon Giro a tutti!

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The sun is out and the weather is warm as the riders begin to roll out of the start area.

The riders face a 12.4km neutralised ride before the stage starts.

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Cyclingnews reporters Barry Ryan and Alasdair Fotheringham are at the start area in Budapest, chasing the latest news and interviews.

The 195km Giro d’Italia stage 1 is flat, so it will all be about the rising finish. It is finely balanced, tempting the sprinters but also offering more aggressive riders a chance.

Do the likes of Mark Cavendish (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) have a chance?

Or will Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) or Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) use their Classics positioning skills, aggression and fast finish to steal the glory?

We will find out during our live coverage.

The opening stage of the 2022 Giro d’Italia ends on the 5.6km climb to Visegrad citadel, with riders traversing a gradual but twisting road.

It’s a tempting stage for the sprinters and finesseurs but also offers a host of other riders a rare chance of winning the open stage and taking the first race leader’s maglia rosa.

The riders are signing on and will soon line-up for the stage start.

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We’re in Budapest for the 195km opening road stage from the Hungarian capital to the Visegrád citadel.

Buongiorno and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 1 of the 2022 Giro d’Italia.

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