Gallery: A lively first weekend of the 2024 Giro d’Italia

The first two days of the Giro, through the lens of photographers Ashley and Jered Gruber.

Matt de Neef
by Matt de Neef 06.05.2024 Photography by
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It’s not often we get a decent uphill finish in the first two days of the Giro d’Italia. But that’s what we got on Sunday’s stage 2 with the 11 km+ climb to the Santuario di Oropa where the GC favourites came out to play.

It’s also not often we get a Giro d’Italia where one rider is such a heavy favourite that many people declare the GC fight over before it’s literally even begun. Such is Tadej Pogačar’s dominance at the moment that many prophesied Pogačar would take the maglia rosa on stage 1 and hold it all the way to Rome.

That didn’t happen – Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) was restricted to third place on that opening stage by Jhonatan Narvaez (Ineos Grenadiers) and Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) – but Pogačar did go on to win that stage 2 uphill finish with ease, taking pink there instead.

It sure looks like Pogačar is well placed to win the Giro as predicted. But there are still 19 stages to go and anything can happen in a race as chaotic as the Giro. For now though, let’s look back at the first two stages of the race through the lens of Chris Auld, who’s at the Giro shooting for the Grubers.

The action continued on Sunday’s stage 2, starting in …

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