This year’s Giro d’Italia is a wrap! While Richard Carapaz became Ecuador’s first grand tour champion, it was Primož Roglič from our partner team Jumbo-Visma who stepped on the final podium for the first time as well. Time to look back on La Corsa Rosa and how our partner teams succeeded in winning eleven stages, the points jersey and the white jersey.
All eyes were set on Roglič before the start. He proved to be in top shape as he had already won the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Romandie this spring. He was marked as one of the potential winners of the Giro, together with Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali, Simon Yates and Miguel Ángel López. After an impressive time trial in the first stage, Roglič claimed the pink jersey and took the overall lead. During the second time trial in San Marino a week later, he struck again massively while Yates and Lopez lost a lot of time. Because Dumoulin had to abandon the Giro earlier that week after a crash, the fight for the maglia rosa seemed to go between Roglič and Nibali. This was before the Grand Tour even headed to the mountain stages.
Both were riding defensively and they just seemed to focus only on each other in the heavy sloping stages. But we all know the saying: where two dogs fight over a bone, a third one takes off with it. It was Carapaz who took advantage of this, conquered the pink jersey and wore it on his shoulders until the finish in Verona. Roglič hit some bad luck in a couple of stages, which saw him dropping to 4th place. In the final time trial, he just went quick enough to claim the third place overall again from Mikel Landa. It was the first time he ended up on the final podium of a Grand Tour and the first time in ten years for Team Jumbo-Visma. Behind the Slovenian it was Rafal Majka (BORA-hansgrohe) who ended up 6th, López (Astana) 7th, Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) 10th, Hugh John Carthy (EF Education First) 11th, Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (EF Education First) 12th and Davide Formolo (BORA-hansgrohe) 15th.
Aside from the general classification, there were also battles for the mountains, points and young rider classification. While the first was won by Giulio Ciccone, Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) took home the cyclamen-coloured points jersey. The young German impressed by winning his first ever Grand Tour stages and finished just above Arnaud Démare in the points classification. In the young rider classification, the white jersey was successfully defended by Lopez. The Colombian finished the Giro with mixed emotions. Due to bad luck, his 7th place overall was some way off his third place of last year.
Veni, vidi, vici
Tacx is technical partner of many WorldTour teams and we provide them with pro team bottles, bottle cages and Smart trainers like the NEO 2. With the feedback of the teams and riders, we’re able to make our products even better. Looking back on this Giro, we can be very proud of them winning eleven stages! Ackermann, Roglič, Ewan and Bilbao won two stages each and Zakarin, Cataldo and Benedetti also won a stage. This makes a total of three victories for BORA-hansgrohe and Astana, two victories for Team Jumbo-Visma and Lotto-Soudal and one for Katusha-Alpecin. What a great performance and now it’s time to gear up for the next Grand Tour: the Tour de France!