When Giro d’Italia favourite Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) said the opening time trial was the worst kind of course for him, it’s not hard to understand why: with so many fast downhill sections and broad avenues, the more powerfully built chrono specialists will be in their element on Saturday – and climbers like Yates will likely be at a real disadvantage.

What could increase the damage inflicted by the time triallists is that, at 15.2 kilometres, this year’s opening time trial is also unusually long. 

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