Only the beginning – Girmay pushes Van der Poel to limit in Giro d’Italia opener

A duel delayed. When Biniam Girmay was busy making history and winning Gent-Wevelgem, Mathieu van der Poel was feeling his way back into action at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali. When Van der Poel was notching up his second Tour of Flanders victory, Girmay was already at home in Eritrea.

The prize fight finally takes place at the Giro d’Italia. Round one fell to Van der Poel, who outlasted Girmay on the uphill finale at Visegrád to take the first maglia rosa of the race. On Friday’s evidence, mind, their bout has some way to go yet. This Giro may only be the beginning.

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