(Image credit: Strade Bianche / RCS Sport) 03:03:30
If you’re one of the three Italian second-division teams – who have been invited by RCS Sport – you have to have a presence in the break and it’s a surprise Bardiani have allowed a seven-man move to go without them. Samuele Zoccarato has been fired up into no-man’s land for them.
The group gets 45 seconds but we have a counter-attack. Bardiani-CSF have missed out…
Here are the riders who have slipped up the road:
Marco Brenner, Leon Heinschke (Team DSM)Lilian Calmejane (AG2R Citroën Team)Davide Martinelli (Astana Qazaqstan)Taco Van Der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert)Simone Bevilacqua (Eolo-Kometa)Edoardo Zardini (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli)02:57:14In the early kilometres a breakaway has formed, and there are around seven riders in there. Names to follow shortly.02:55:38And there is Pogačar, at the start a little earlier. He said he only arrived in Italy yesterday after staying on in the UAE to enjoy the warm weather. That means no recon, but he’s not worried."I have done this race three times and I know how the gravel feels," he said. (Image credit: Getty Images) 02:53:06Stephen Farrand is in Siena for Cyclingnews and he’s been catching up with some of the race favourites. Here’s Tour de France champ Tadej Pogačar, who was seventh last year and is in strong form after winning the recent UAE Tour."I feel good. I love this race. It’s going to be really fun. It’s a different challenge. It’s fun, it’s different. I’m going to enjoy today," Pogačar said."After the UAE […]