Aru warns against underestimating 2019 Giro d'Italia's opening-day time trial

Italian champion Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) at the start of stage 5 at the Giro d'Italia

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) has warned that the overall contenders at the 2019 Giro d’Italia could pay a heavy price if they underestimate the opening day time trial in Bologna. The 2019 Giro gets underway on May 11 with an 8.2km time trial that starts from Piazza Maggiore and finishes overlooking the city at the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca. The final two kilometres of the course bring riders up the 2km of the Colle della Guardia, famed as the finishing climb at the Giro dell’Emilia. The climb has an average gradient of 9.7 per cent, with pitches of 16 per cent in the final kilometre. "From the first stage, it will be a Giro that is not to be taken lightly, because in Bologna you could lose a minute just like that. And that certainly wouldn’t be the right way to start out," Aru told La Gazzetta ...

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