Mathieu van der Poel aims to defend Giro d’Italia lead in opening time trial

HHello and welcome to our live blog of stage two of the Giro d’Italia, the 9.2 kilometer time trial around Budapest, Hungary.

After yesterday’s slow stage – hardly anything happened for the first 190 kilometers before it all came crashing down on the uphill finish – today will see the first of two Giro time trials of this year. But before taking a look at the course, let’s do a little recap and look at the first rankings in the first rankings, that is to say the competitions where the jerseys are awarded to the leaders.

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), the Dutchman who won Friday’s stage with a display of powerful driving mark to finish ahead Biniam Girmay (Intermarch√©-Wanty-Gobert Materials) and Pelo Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious), will wear the maglia rosa, or leader’s pink jersey, for the first time on his career debut at the Giro.

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