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Bora-Hansgrohe rider is first wearer of the Maglia Rosa in 100th edition of Italian Grand Tour

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Lukas Pöstlberger has taken a surprise win in the opening stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia on Sardinia.

The 206km stage from Alghero to Olbia seemed to be heading for a bunch sprint until the Austrian launched his late attack.

Caleb Ewan of Orica-Scott was second, with Lotto-Soudal's Andre Greipel third.

Afterwards,  Pöstlberger said: “It's a surprise! I knew my shape was good. We wanted to try to lead Sam Bennett out but he lost my wheel and when I saw a gap, I decided to try myself.

"I gave all I had. It worked out. This is my  first professional win and I get the Maglia Rosa. It will take me a long time to believe this.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.