Photo gallery: A wet first week of the 2019 Giro d’Italia

by Matt de Neef

It might still be early in the 2019 Giro d’Italia but there’s been no shortage of drama in the race so far. We’ve seen Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stamp his authority on the time trials, building a handy lead over his GC rivals. We’ve seen one of those rivals, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), crash out of the race just days after the start. We’ve seen the controversial relegation of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) due to a wayward sprint. And we’ve watched Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) prove himself as one of the world’s premier sprinters.

We’ve also seen the riders get lashed by rain. Lots of rain.

The riders have just had their first rest day and after a couple of sprint stages, they’ll then head into the mountains. Roglic should take back pink at some point in the week ahead and from there it’s up to his rivals to challenge him whenever they can. Will be able to hold on? Or will he crack like Simon Yates last year?

We’ve got a thrilling 12 days’ racing ahead of us.

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