Race comes down to five-rider sprint.
'They made the race incredibly hard today. If you see the time gaps in the GC it's kind of crazy,' says Jumbo-Visma DS.
'We are doing very well so far but the Tour is still very long.'
The two-time defending champion stopped the clock as the best among the GC contenders to send an early marker.
Every Tour starts with hope and promise, yet only a few achieve glory in Paris.
The best Portuguese GC prospect in a generation is taking aim for the final podium, and says Sunday's Blockhaus is a key moment of the Giro.
'They weren’t doing those one percenters or half percenters for every single thing,' Australian says of Dave Brailsford's team.
UAE Team Emirates is one of the few teams to bring both a sprinter and a GC candidate.
Colombian ace relegated in bunch sprint after leaning into rival sprinter in chaotic finale.
Colombian ace second in bunch sprint after clearing key climb only to have a derailleur issue at the line.
Colombian encouraged by strong showing behind Mark Cavendish after a string of COVID infections during the past two seasons.