Obviously, young Remco Evenepoel will want to put down a marker. But there is a big question mark hovering over his head. The Flemish super star fell into a ravine in last year’s Tour of Lombardy and has been out of competition since then.
In 2019, Evenepoel outgunned Filippo Ganna in both the European and World Championships time trialing. Those two were the last two chrono races that they both competed in.
The first ITT is played out on a flat route of almost 9 kilometres. Perfect for riders who can push a big gear.
Ganna was on fire in 2020, but his results this year are not spectacular. Recently, Cavagna outgunned the World Champion in the ITT on the last day of the Tour de Romandie, although that route was not as straightforward as the Turin course.
Favourites 1st stage 2021 Giro d’Italia
*** Filippo Ganna, Remco Evenepoel, Rémi Cavagna
** João Almeida, Thomas De Gendt, Jan Tratnik
* Patrick Bevin, Alex Dowsett, Victor Campenaerts, Will Barta
Another interesting read: route stage 1 Giro d’Italia 2021.
Giro d’Italia 2021 stage 1: routes, profile
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