The favorites of the Italian Gira are perhaps a curse. After the 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin, who later resigned due to an injury on Wednesday in the Grand Tour of the season, almost all the guys from the top of the standings fell early in the stage on Thursday. Primož Roglič, the Slovenian Jumbo Visma rider, the leader of the pink jersey race, was the worst.
It turned out how much the Giro is unpredictable and the early stages are dangerous. After thirty-two kilometers, when the goal of the second longest stage of the year was still two hundred miles away, the group fell to the overall standings.
Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Ilnur Zakarin (Katyusha), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Rob Power (Sunweb) and Primoz Roglic went to the country. The Australian injury from the formation that Tom Dumoulin had already left was incompatible with the race, and thus Sunweb's formation narrowed again.
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Roglič and his other favorites were left behind for 40 seconds but he soon slowed down in the spirit of fair play and the leader of the standings and other guys quickly reached the main field.
The Slovenian rider, who commands the rider's shirt since the time trial, had a running doctor who disinfected his bloody wound on his left back. The doctor covered the big wound with a bandage and Roglic could continue the battle to maintain his leading position in the ripped shorts.