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

The opening stage of the 2022 Giro d’Italia ends on the climb to Visegrad citadel on Friday, 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 195km Giro d’Italia stage 1 is flat, so it will all be about the rising finish. 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?

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