The first sprint of the Giro d’Italia number 104 is by the Belgian Tim Merlier (Alpecin Fenix), but the podium already sees two Italians soar in the edition that everyone defines of the recovery from the Covid era: in second place Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) , third a great Elia Viviani (Cofidis). The pink jersey remains on the shoulders of Filippo Ganna (Ineos), conquered with a stellar performance in the opening of yesterday’s Giro, the time trial run at an average speed of almost 60 km / h. “I enjoyed hearing the Piedmontese crowd shouting my name along the road. Tomorrow it seems a perfect stage for Peter Sagan” says Ganna, still in the pink jersey and with a further 3 seconds bonus on second in the standings, Edoardo Affini at 13 ” from the leader. “I wanted to do the intermediate sprint to remove the bonus from other riders, thinking about the next few days when Egan Bernal or Pavel Sivakov will fight for the pink jersey. I saw that Remco Evenepoel was also trying to take the bonus. Gianni Moscon and I did a good job “.