Groves & Schelling stay in the Top 10 GC after day 1
Yesterday’s prologue set the tone for the 2019 edition of the Giro d’Italia. Just 3,3 km long, it was set to be an all-out effort all the way to the line. It was not a bad day for us, as we seek to repeat last year’s success when Edoardo Affini seized the victory in the opening prologue and wore the first Maglia Rosa. This time, Kaden Groves was beaten by just 0,3 seconds and therefore denied the first leaders jersey of the race. We wrapped up a great team performance with Ide Schelling (seventh), Thymen Arensman (21st) and Bárnabas Peák (23rd) time trialing their way into the Top 25. 

Today it was the turn of the first road stage of the race, with a predominantly flat parcour that was set to finish in a bunch sprint. The first part of the race was marked by countless attacks, but the peloton kept them always under control. Eventually, it was a group of four riders the ones that got away and were allowed close to five minutes before the peloton picked up the pace. 

The bunch brought back the break with less than 10 km to go, but a third category climb was placed close to the finish, and at that point a group of four riders took off and stayed away from the bunch. Back in the group, our Kaden Groves and Ide Schelling could seize Top 20 position and both stay in the Top 10 overall. Our Australian sprinter is fifth with a 25 seconds deficit to the leader, while Schelling sits in eighth position half a minute down.