Giro d’Italia: Tadej Pogacar in first stage win despite mechanical issue

Tadej Pogacar recovered from a mechanical issue at the bottom of the final climb to earn his first stage win at the Giro d’Italia.

The Giro favourite was third in Saturday’s opening stage and suffered a puncture in Sunday’s 161km mountain stage, about 11km from the summit finish at Santuario di Oropa.

The two-time Tour de France winner hit the tarmac right in front of his team car, but was unhurt and was immediately helped onto a new bike.

The Slovenian, 25, then rode to victory, 27 seconds ahead of Daniel Martinez and Great Britain’s Geraint Thomas, to take the overall lead from Jhonatan Narvaez.

More to follow.

SOURCE: BBC Sport   (go to source)
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