CYCLING: Roglic confirms his favorite’s status with Time Trial win in Giro d’Italia; Sagan wins opening sprint in Amgen Tour

Two-time Tour de Romandie winner Primoz Roglic (SLO) (Photo: Geof Sheppard via Wikimedia)

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic entered this year’s Giro d’Italia undefeated in his three races in 2019: the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie. And he wasted no time taking charge of the Maglia Rosa – the pink leader’s jersey – by winning the time trial on Saturday’s first day of the 2019 race. “It’s a really nice feeling,” he said. “We did a perfect job and I’m super happy.”

He finished the 8.0 km course in just 12:54, giving him a 19-second edge over Simon Yates (GBR) and 23 over Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali. He maintained that edge through the second stage, a sprinter’s finish won by Germany’s Pascal Ackermann over Elia Viviani (ITA) and Caleb Ewan (AUS).

This week’s stages are all hilly; the first mountain stage is on 23 May. Summaries and stage profiles are shown below.

In Sacramento, California, Slovakian superstar Peter Sagan won the final sprint with a perfectly-positioned, perfectly-timed flyer at the end of the flat first stage in the Amgen Tour of California.

It was not only the 17th stage win for Sagan in the Amgen Tour – the most of anyone all-time – but his first win since January in Australia, a long drought for the three-time World Road Race Champion. He was a happy rider when he crossed the line first, barely ahead of USA Cycling rider Travis McCabe. Summaries are below.

UCI World Tour/Giro d’Italia
Italy ~ 11 May-2 June 2019
(Full results here)

Stage 1 (8.0 km Time Trial): 1. Primoz Roglic (SLO), 12:54; 2. Simon Yates (GBR), 13:13; 3. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), 13:17; 4. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL), 13:22; 5. Tom Dumoulin (NED), 13:22. Also in the top 25: 21. Chad Haga (USA), 13:48.

Stage 2 (205.0 km): 1. Pascal Ackermann (GER), 4:44:43; 2. Elia Viviani (ITA), 4:44:43; 3. Caleb Ewan (AUS), 4:44:43; 4. Fernando Gaviria (COL), 4:44:43; 5. Arnaud Demare (FRA), 4:44:43.

13 May: Stage 3 (220.0 km) ~ Vinci to Orbetello (hilly)
14 May: Stage 4 (235.0 km) ~ Orbetello to Frascati (hilly)
15 May: Stage 5 (140.0 km) ~ Frascati to Terracina (hilly)
16 May: Stage 6 (238.0 km) ~ Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo (hilly)
17 May: Stage 7 (185.0 km) ~ Vasto to L’Aquila (hilly)
18 May: Stage 8 (239.0 km) ~ Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro (flat)
19 May: Stage 9 (34.8 km Time Trial) ~ Riccione to San Marino
20 May: Rest day
21 May: Stage 10 (145.0 km)~ Ravenna to Modena (flat)
22 May: Stage 11 (221.0 km) ~ Carpi to Novi Ligure (flat)
23 May: Stage 12 (158.0 km) ~ Cuneo to Pinerolo (hilly)
24 May: Stage 13 (196.0 km) ~ Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale (mountains)
25 May: Stage 14 (131.9 km) ~ Saint Vincent to Courmayeur (mountains)
26 May: Stage 15 (232.0 km) ~ Ivrea to Como (hilly)
27 May: Rest day
28 May: Stage 16 (226.0 km) ~ Lovere to Ponte di Legno (mountains)
29 May: Stage 17 (181.0 km) ~ Commezzadura to Anterselva/Antholz (mountains)
30 May: Stage 18 (222.0 km) ~ Valdaora / Olang to Santa Maria di Sala (flat)
31 May: Stage 19 (151.0 km) ~ Treviso to San Martino di Castrozza (mountains)
01 June: Stage 20 (194.0 km) ~ Feltre to Croce D’Aune-Monte Avena (mountains)
02 June: Stage 21 (17.0 km Time Trial) ~ Verona to Verona

UCI World Tour/Amgen Tour of California
California (USA) ~ 12-18 May 2019
(Full results here)

Stage 1 (143.0 km): 1. Peter Sagan (SVK), 3:14:10; 2. Travis McCabe (USA), 3:14:10; 3. Max Walscheid (GER), 3:14:10; 4. Kristoffer Halvorsen (NOR), 3:14:10; 5. Michael Morkov (DEN), 3:14:10. Also: 13. Miguel Bryon (USA), 3:14:14; … 20. Michael Hernandez (USA), 3:14:14; … 22. Gavin Mannion (USA), 3:14:14; … 25. Neilson Powless (USA), 3:14:14.

13 May: Stage 2 (194.5 km): Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe (hilly)
14 May: Stage 3 (207.0 km): Stockton to Morgan Hill (mountains)
15 May: Stage 4 (212.5 km): Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay (hilly)
16 May: Stage 5 (218.5 km): Pismo Beach to Ventura (mountains)
17 May: Stage 6 (127.5 km): Ontario to Mount Baldy (mountain finish)
18 May: Stage 7 (141.0 km): Santa Clarita to Pasadena (mountains)

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