Santuario di San Luca
Tifosi lined the Portico di San Luca that runs parallel to the steep climb. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Santuario di San Luca
The road to Santuario di San Luca is steep enough to make walking a challenge, but plenty of fans made the trek under the hot Italian sun. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Tom Dumoulin Fan Club
Primoz Roglic had perhaps the most fans lining the climb, but Tom Dumoulin was well represented too. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Giro d'Italia 2019, Stage 1
The climb doglegs to the right and the pitch gets much steeper. Fans took in the scenery before the action, knowing it could be a pivotal location for many riders. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Santuario di San Luca
While the riders were likely too exhausted to appreciate it, they were greeted with the sight of Santuario di San Luca as they crested the hill toward the finish line. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Tom Dumoulin
Tom Dumoulin was the first racer across the line and it was clear everyone behind him was in for a rough day. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Tom Dumoulin
Dumoulin couldn’t hide his sheer exhaustion at the top, nor could anyone else who followed him. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Tom Dumoulin
Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Tom Dumoulin
Dumoulin’s handlebars feature a stack of spacers to elevate his extensions. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Davide Formolo
Davide Formolo. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Vincenzo Nibali
Vincenzo Nibali looked strong and ready to contend for the Maglia Rosa. He finished the stage in third place, 23 seconds behind eventual winner Primoz Roglic. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Primoz Roglic
Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Sagan ink
Talk about devotion. A Bora-Hansgrohe Soigneur sports a tattoo of Peter Sagan’s logo. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Giulio Ciccone
Trek-Segafredo’s Giulio Ciccone was one of only a handful of riders who tackled the last two kilometers on a climber’s bike rather than a time trial bike. His decision proved to be wise, as he ended up in the Maglia Azzurra. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Mark Renshaw
Mark Renshaw drips with sweat after pushing through the finishing chute. Temperatures roasted most riders throughout the day, but the air cooled by the time Simon Yates came through the finish, just after 8pm. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Selle Italia Kronos Tekno Flow
It looks like Renshaw ran Selle Italia’s Kronos Tekno Flow saddle. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Chad Haga
Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Cervelo P5
Chad Haga’s Cervelo P5. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Chad Haga's Cervelo P5
Haga runs a tuning-fork-shaped extension and very tightly spaced forearm pads. Take note of the textured tape near the ends of the extensions and on the flats of the wing bar. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
The masked Katushan
While the temperatures climbed at the bottom of the hill, the wind made it quite chilly for riders who had finished their efforts. Most bundled up before rolling back down the hill to the team buses. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
SRAM’s new eTap AXS drivetrain made several appearances during stage one. Guido Ciccone ran the wireless group on his Emonda to tackle the last 2km of the course. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Shut up!
Interesting footwear choice. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Gianluca Brambilla
Gianluca Brambilla. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Gianluca Brambilla
Gianluca Brambilla summed up his feelings about the course nicely after he caught his breath and took a drink. “Ooof,” he said. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Fizik's Giro Homage
Mitchelton-Scott’s Christopher Juul-Jensen sported Fizik’s special Giro homage Infinito R1 shoes. They’re reflective, with pink lines to honor the Giro route. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Joe Dombrowski
Joe Dombrowski. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Joe Dombrowski
Joe Dombrowski. EF-Education First’s American rider said he felt a bit ill after the hot climb. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Domenico Pozzovivo
Domenico Pozzovivo. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Prologo saddle
Many riders get creative to make their saddles tacky, thereby allowing them to hold their positions more steadily. Pozzovivo simply uses a Prologo saddle with silicone grippers (Prologo calls this texture Connect Power Control, or CPC). Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Jhonathan Narvaez saddle
At first glance, the grippers on this Fizik saddle appear to be part of some sort of sticky tape applied to the face of the saddle. But on further examination, you can see it’s actually sewn into the saddle. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Rafal Majka
Rafal Majka rolls through the finish on a Specialized S-Works Shiv outfitted with disc brakes. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Specialized S-Works Shiv with discs
Rafal Majka’s Shiv was outfitted with disc brakes. This model hasn’t been released, as far as we can tell. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Rafal Majka
Rafal Majka. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Fabio Sabatini
Fabio Sabatini takes a moment to catch his breath after the steep final two kilometers up to Santuario di San Luca. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Skinsuit makeover
The UCI revised its clothing regulations for 2019, which means Endura’s previous Drag2Zero skinsuit, the Encapsulator, was no longer legal for use in the time trial. Movistar’s Hector Carretero is wearing a newer incarnation of the Drag2Zero concept, with completely different fabrics that lack the silicone chevrons that defined the previous version. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Shoe covers
Riders cover their shoes with slippery shoe covers that often extend at least halfway up the rider’s lower leg. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Argon 18 E-118 Pro
Team Astana riders used Argon 18’s brand new E-118 Pro TT bike during stage 1. It features disc brakes, once again making clear that hydraulic stoppers are here to stay. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Argon 18 E-118 Pro
A tri-spoke wheel with a disc rotor is certainly an eye-catching look. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Simon Yates
Simon Yates looks back over his shoulder as he fights a media scrum on his way to the team cars. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Simon Yates's TT bars
Simon Yates’s TT bar extensions go well beyond the standard round bars that protrude from most TT bikes. His extensions appear to be custom-made for him, with a flat shape where his forearms would rest, and a ski-tip style end for optimal hand position. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Simon Yates
Simon Yates was in good spirits after Stage 1. He seemed pleased with his result, but he said he was mostly just relieved the race had finally begun. Photo: Dan Cavallari |