Giro d'Italia 2019, stage 2
Stage 2 started in the wet, cold, city center in Bologna. Fortunately, conditions dried out over the course of the day as riders headed south through Tuscany. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Deceunink-Quick Step
It was a good day for disc brakes, and many teams opted for the more reliable braking power. The entire Deceunink-Quick Step Team was on them, in fact. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Elia Viviani
Elia Viviani rolls through the cobbled streets of Bologna on his way to sign-in. He’s on a disc-equipped Specialized S-Works Venge, a good choice for the wet and rolling course. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Bologna
Fans flocked to the start despite the rain and cold weather. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Primoz Roglic's Bianchi
Primoz Roglic spent his first day in pink aboard this Bianchi Oltre. It was difficult to get a clear shot of it, but there are custom graphics on the head tube. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Primoz Roglic
Pink handlebars provide a small hit of celebration for Roglic’s first ride in the maglia rosa. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Primoz Roglic
Primoz Roglic, 2019 Giro d’Italia, stage 2. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Project one paint for Mollema
Bauke Mollema’s Trek Madone offered a bit of flash on a dreary day with a custom color scheme. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Bauke Mollema's Trek Madone
Perhaps more importantly, Mollema ran a 1X SRAM Red eTap AXS drivetrain with an aero crankset. If you look closely, you’ll notice a CNC machined chain catcher. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Vincenzo Nibali
Vincenzo Nibali has his sights carefully trained on race leader Primoz Roglic. Here he is bundled up for the cold start in Bologna. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Vincenzo Nibali
It’s still early in the race, so Nibali’s Merida remains fairly stock in appearance – aside from this custom name badge. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Movistar mud flap
Team Movistar riders used lightweight fenders to battle the damp conditions. These would be easy enough to pull off mid-ride should the weather brighten. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Landa Fans
The fans braved the rain and cold to see their favorite riders. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Mikel Landa
Mikel Landa rolls back from sign-in. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Giant Overachievers
Team CCC rides Giant Bikes, which have started to feature wheels emblazoned with the hashtag #Overachieve. It’s a safe bet that when you see that hashtag, you’re looking at new equipment, though details aren’t yet available on these wheels. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Pinarello Dogma F12
Team Ineos rolled out of the start on the new F12, bedecked in the team’s new black and blood-red colors. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Simon Yates
After stage one, Yates was all smiles. That smile disappeared behind a neck gaiter before stage 2. Yates is likely to sit back and let Roglic take the heat of wearing the pink jersey for the time being. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Simon Yates's Scott Foil
Yates opted for a Scott Foil aero bike, sans disc brakes, for stage 2. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Simon Yates's Scott Foil
Yates prefers a traditional drop shape on his aero handlebars. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
K-Edge computer mount
While Syncros makes a mount to go with its aero handlebars, Yates is instead using a CNC-machined K-Edge mount for stability and durability. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
EF-Education First Cannondales
EF-Education First riders opted for non-disc-equipped SuperSix Evo Hi-Mods for stage 2. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Caleb Ewan
Caleb Ewan rides perhaps the smallest bike in the peloton. That certainly fits his small stature, but it wouldn’t be surprising to learn he runs an even smaller frame than necessary to capitalize on added lateral stiffness. it’s difficult to see in this photo, but Ewan also sports a pretty hefty stem drop to accommodate his famous forward-and-down sprint position. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Esteban Chaves
Until the race reaches the mountains, you can expect Esteban Chaves to have a quiet Giro in support of Simon Yates. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com