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Giro d'Italia Stage 1: Lukas Pöstlberger takes surprise win

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.”

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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