This morning around 12, the Giro d’Italia 2017 has started, after one minute of silence to commemorate our Michele Scarponi.
The eight Astana Pro Team riders moved from the first line of the bunch on the Alghero seafront and with an incredible crowd at the sides.
The start flag was lowered by the President of the Sardinia Region and our athlete Fabio Aru, who couldn’t take part to this Giro after his injury in early April while training in Sierra Nevada.
Among the Astana Pro Team has at the start one of the most experienced athlete of the peloton who is also the older winner of a stage in the centenary history of the Giro d’Italia.
Paolo Tiralongo, 39, is at his last participation at the Corsa Rosa, in reason of the fact that he will conclude his career at the end of this season: “Yes, this will be my last Giro, my thirteenth and last” commented Tiralongo.
“I imagined another race since I’ve started my preparation for it on last winter, then many things happened, first with the Fabio’s injury, then with the tragedy happened to our team mate Michele Scarponi – explained the Italian of the Astana Pro Team – but the life go on and me and my seven team mates we are here to honour Michele’s memory and try to win as more stages as possible.”
“We prepared this Giro very well and I’m sure we have everything necessary to play our cards in several stages – continued Tiralongo – one could be even tomorrow with its nervous final… it isn’t easy at all for no one but we are strong and we can do it!”
The first stage of this Giro has been won by the Austrian Lukas Postelberger who surprised all the teams of the sprinters and conquered the first Maglia Rosa.
Between our riders, all safe avoiding falls and risks, the Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez was the first of the Team on the finish line, 22nd.
Tomorrow the second stage from Olbia to Tortolì, 221 km, very nervous and several hills with the higher one at the 1002 meters of Genna Silana at 47 km to the finish.