Giro stage 1 report: Pogačar throws down the gauntlet, but Narváez takes the spoils

The Giro d'Italia got underway with a bang on a day that some saw their GC hopes go up in smoke.

Jhonatan Narváez (Ineos Grenadiers) wins stage 1 of the 2024 Giro d’Italia. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 04.05.2024 Photography by
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It was far from a leisurely sprint stage that opened the 2024 Giro d’Italia. After a fierce effort from UAE Team Emirates on the vicious second-category climb that came in the last 30 km of the race to Turin, a punchy finale culminated in a three-up sprint that was won by Jhonatan Narváez of Ineos Grenadiers, who also takes the first pink jersey of the race.

Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier led the race up the Superga climb which was draped with the deep red colours of the ‘Grande Torino’ football team on the 75th anniversary of the Superga Air Disaster.
Pogačar went early on the final unclassified climb to give himself as much time as possible to leave behind any hangers-on.
The Slovenian didn’t want to give Conci a chance to grab hold of his wheel as he passed, and he might have hoped the Italian would hold up Narváez as they stormed through, but the Ecuadorian was not getting left behind.

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Quotes of the day

“It was a great feeling. We knew it was going to be a stage for me and I worked a lot on it. Following the best guy in the world on the climb was really hard, so it’s a special victory today. It’s still hurting me now. It was really hard, really, really hard but in the end, I made it.”

Narváez said after winning stage 1

Max Schachmann beat Pogačar to second place, and though he missed out on stage victory, the 30-year-old German seemed happy simply to be back competing for victory.

“After the [Colle Maddalena] climb I saw that only Rafał [Majka] was still [there for] Tadej Pogačar. Then I thought, maybe I should just go for it. Maybe they’ll let a small group ride away, but that didn’t happen. Pogačar flew by like a rocket on the climb to San Vito, and I was just happy that I could still join them … I am especially happy that I am back at the front again.”

Schachmann told Eurosport after the finish.
Pogačar leading Julian Alaphilippe as the bunch crosses the finish line for the first time with about 30 km to go. The black band on his left arm is in tribute to a 14-year-old rider on the Pogi Team who died in a kayaking accident this week.

Brief analysis

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