Giro d’Italia: Crash scuppers Ballerini’s chances

Giro d’Italia: Crash scuppers Ballerini’s chances

Budapest – the capital of Hungary and former twin capital of The Dual Monarchy – became Friday afternoon the 14th different city to host the Grande Partenza, huge crowds lining out both sides of the road and making an electric atmosphere as the peloton gathered for the start of the opening stage, a 195km journey to Visegrad.

Two riders surged clear soon after the official start was given, but despite the huge lead they got to have at one point, they didn’t stand a chance of holding off the peloton, who had just one thing in mind: make sure the race is back together by the foot of the day’s only difficulty, the 5.5km climb to the Visegrad Citadel. Averaging 4.2%, but kicking up to 8% some three kilometers from the finish, the small ascent witnessed a fierce battle for positioning, with many teams keen on bringing their leaders to the front.

Riding his fourth Giro, Michael Mørkøv did an excellent job on the ascent, guiding Davide Ballerini towards the head of the bunch, but the tension in the group as things became more and more hectic took its toll on the field and several men hit the deck inside two kilometers to go. Davide was among those who hit the deck and couldn’t contest the reduced sprint, won by Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). Fortunately, the Italian got up on his bike and completed the stage, without any major consequences, and will be at the start of Saturday’s individual time trial in Budapest.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
4:35:28
2 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
4 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education-EasyPost
0:00
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
7 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
8 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
9 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
0:04
10 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:04
17 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:04
19 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:04
49 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:19
147 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:11
148 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:11
152 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:11
153 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:11
164 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:27
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
4:35:18
2 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:04
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
0:06
4 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education-EasyPost
0:10
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
0:10
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:10
7 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:10
8 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
0:10
9 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
0:14
10 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:14
17 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:14
19 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:14
49 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:29
148 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:21
149 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:21
152 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:21
153 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:21
164 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:37
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
50 pt
2 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
35 pt
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
25 pt
4 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education-EasyPost
18 pt
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
14 pt
6 Filippo Tagliani
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
12 pt
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
12 pt
8 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
9 Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates
8 pt
10 Mattia Bais
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
8 pt
17 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
19 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
3 pt
2 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
2 pt
3 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
1 pt
1 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
4:35:22
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:10
3 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
INEOS Grenadiers
0:10
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:10
5 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
0:10
6 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
7 Felix Gall
AG2R Citroën Team
0:10
8 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
9 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
10 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
0:10
1 INEOS Grenadiers 13:46:32
2 UAE Team Emirates 0:00
3 Trek - Segafredo 0:00
4 BORA - hansgrohe 0:00
5 Bahrain - Victorious 0:00
6 Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:04
7 Jumbo-Visma 0:04
8 AG2R Citroën Team 0:12
9 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 0:15
10 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:19

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