Pöstlberger denies the sprinters to claim first pink jersey in Giro 100

Pöstlberger attacked inside the final kilometre and a disorganised peloton failed to react until the Bora-Hansgrohe rider was unassailably clear.

It proved a great opening day for the Bora-Hansgrohe team as Italian Cesare Benedetti claimed the early lead in the king of the mountain category after spending all day in a breakaway.

Australia’s Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) was second over the line with Germany’s Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) third.

Giro d’Italia 2017 – stage 1 results (Alghero – Olbia):

1 Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)

5:13:35

2 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)

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3 André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

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4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

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5 Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates)

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6 Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data)

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7 Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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8 Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

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9 Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

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10 Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb)

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11 Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)

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12 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

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13 Enrico Battaglin (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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14 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)

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15 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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16 Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina)

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17 Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF)

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18 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

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19 Simone Ponzi (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

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20 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

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