He was expected, he did not disappoint! The Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo) is the first leader of the Tour of Italy 2019 after his impressive victory on the 1st stage this Saturday.
A time trial in Bologna (8.2 km) launched this 102nd edition of the Giro, with the main difficulty being a final climb to the Sanctuary of San Luca.
Defending champion Christopher Froome (Ineos) not in line, his runner up last year, Tom Dumoulin, opened the course with a time of 13'22 "(5th).
The course was obviously good for the favorites since Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), 3rd at 23 ", Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), 4th at 28", same time as Dumoulin and even Baule Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), 9th after having had to change bike (+39 "), appeared in the top 10 of the stage.
But they were surpassed by Primoz Roglic, whose qualities matched perfectly the course. The Slovenian, winner of the Tour de Romandie last week, has an incredible impression of power during his race.
He even paid the luxury of joining Arnaud Démare (FDJ) on the line, while the French sprinter had left 2 minutes before him!
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who had made the choice to go in the last, unlike the other leaders, did not succeed his bet, despite a finish of high quality in the climb to San Luca.
The Briton, who self-proclaimed "favorite" of the race, finished all the same second, 19 "of the Slovenian.
The first Frenchman, Tony Gallopin, is 30th, 1'02 "behind the winner.
The top 10 of the stage
1. Primoz Roglic (SLO / Jumbo), the 8 km in 12:54.
(average: 37.2 km / h)
2. Simon Yates (GBR / MIT) at 19.
3. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA / BAH) 23.
4. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL / AST) 28.
5. Tom Dumoulin (NED / SUN) 28.
6. Rafal Majka (POL / BOR) 33.
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR / INE) 35.
8. Laurens De Plus (BEL / JUM) 35.
9. Bauke Mollema (NED / TRE) 39.
10. Damiano Caruso (ITA / BAH) 40.