Fran Ventoso saves himself from crashes in last turn -with Lastras involved- that leave him back with no chance to contest the Giro's first volata in his 30th birthday. Victory by Cavendish (SKY) - Phinney (BMC) stays in maglia rosa
Despite the wind not playing the important role expected from teams and riders, the first road stage of the 95th Giro d’Italia, 206 kilometers around Herning, had a turbulent finale with loads of crashes that fortunately did not affect seriously any of the nine Movistar Team riders on course. Fran Ventoso couldn’t profit from an uphill finishing straight suiting his chances after a crash by Theo Bos (RAB) and Alexander Kristoff (KAT) in the last turn right with 500 meters from the line took him out of contention. A second crash made Pablo Lastras go down: the Spaniard, with blows around his body and an inflammated ankle, should not have any troubles to depart tomorrow.
Ventoso, turning 30 today in the start of his third Giro and much helped by some of his teammates in the final stages, kept his feet on the road with no major complications and will have another shot tomorrow to measure himself within the fastest around -Cavendish (SKY) was the most powerful to take the victory on Sunday- during another long stage on Monday, 190 kilometers in Horsens prior to the long air transfer in the evening from Danish soil to Verona, where the first rest day will take place on Tuesday.