A pancake flat 25 kilometre long time trial from Sorbolo Mezzani to Guastalla lay ahead of the riders at the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia this afternoon. Despite a few sharp twists and turns out on course, it would be a route that would suit the powerful specialists against the clock.
Marius Mayrhofer and Gianmarco Garofoli would both set strong early times out on course. Flying around the route and maintaining a high top speed, Mayrhofer crossed the line in 30 minutes and 17 seconds, with teammate Garofoli just a further four seconds behind that with an effort of 30 minutes and 21 seconds. Initially slotting into the top five, they would slip slightly further down the order as other riders completed their TT. The last rider down the ramp for Development Team DSM would be Henri Vandenabeele, with the Belgian giving it his all around the course, stopping the clock in 30 minutes and 41 seconds.
Tomorrow sees the race head for the climbs and a copy of the finish to Sestola that was used in this year’s Giro d’Italia.