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Former carpenter carves out stunning Giro win

Previous carpenter takes spectacular Giro win

Olbia – If anybody needs a new kitchen installed, Giro d’Italia leader Lukas Postlberger can help out – however only when he ends up the three-week Italian impressive after taking an astonishing win on his race debut Friday. “I trained as a carpenter, so if you require a kitchen area then maybe I can assist,” Postlberger joked after upsetting the prominent sprinters’ intend on the opening stage from Alghero to Olbia in Sardinia. “However today, I do not have a great deal of time.” Competing on his maiden Grand Tour only 3 weeks after being informed he would be loading his bags for the 100th edition of the race for the pink jersey, Postlberger quickly seized the day. A host of leading sprinters aimed to have established a bunch sprint after ferreting out a five-man breakaway over rolling surface on the north coast of the island. However after a sharp right-hand bend caused chaos in the final kilometres, 25-year-old Postlberger surged clear, held back a desperate chasing pack and soloed over the line in triumph to declare the very first pink jersey of an edition that is anticipated to come down to a battle between 2016 champ Vincenzo Nibali and 2014 winner Nairo Quintana. “Prior to this, my dream was to win solo at a Grand Tour. Now, I’ll have to discover another dream,” said Postlberger, whose previous career highlight was a stage win on the Trip of Austria. Australia’s Caleb Ewan was 2nd, the Orica rider finishing ahead of German sprint star Andre Greipel as the quick guys of the peloton lost a golden possibility to invest a number of days as the star of the field. Postlberger didn’t care: “Every sprinter goes for the success, however I’m not sorry to be sincere. This is biking.” When you’re colleague is reigning world champ Peter Sagan – the closest a bicyclist will ever get to resembling a rock star – self-confidence exudes through the team. Sagan, a five-time winner of the Tour de France green jersey, is also among the most emblematic and popular riders in the peloton. “From Peter I have actually learned a great deal of things about professional biking,” added Postlberger, who relied on road racing after attempting mountain biking while at school. “However I likewise found out that it’s just cycling. You will not pass away when you do bad. You should have fun, enjoy it and search the favorable side. “This is what I’ve drawn from him … as an individual he’s such a great man, and he inspires me. That’s the main message: remain favorable.” Postlberger, who likes to climb up and ski-hike in the cold weather to preserve his physical fitness, wasn’t even sure he would be picked. “I had a 50-50 possibility … however I ‘d been training for the Giro in the hope they ‘d select me,” he included. However after developing his own fate on Friday, the Austrian confessed he might need a few glasses of wine to help him totally understand exactly what he attained. He will be the main concentrate on Saturday when the peloton takes on the 221 km 2nd stage from Olbia to Tortoli, the second of 3 stages on the island. “I think I will require a few glasses of wine for this to sink in,” he included. “But I think in destiny. For everything there’s a reason.” Collated results from Friday’s opening stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia, held over 206km from Alghero to Olbia: Phase 1. Lukas Postlberger (AUT/Bora) 5hr 13min 35sec, 2. Caleb Ewan (AUS/ORI) very same time, 3. Andre Greipel (GER/LOT) s.t., 4. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA/TRE) s.t., 5. Sacha Modolo (ITA/EAU) s.t., 6. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA/DDT) s.t., 7. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) s.t., 8. Ryan Gibbons (RSA/DDT) s.t., 9. Sam Bennett (IRL/BOR) s.t., 10. Phil Bauhaus (GER/SUN) s.t. Selected: 18. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) s.t., 23. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) s.t., 25. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) s.t., 27. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) s.t., 28. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) s.t., 44. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) s.t., 52. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FJD) s.t., 72. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/TLJ) at 13secs General classification 1. Lukas Postlberger (AUT/Bora) 5hr 13min 25sec, 2. Caleb Ewan (AUS/ORI) at 04secs, 3. Andre Greipel (GER/LOT) 6, 4. Pavel Brutt (RUS/GAZ) 8, 5. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA/TRE) 10, 6. Sacha Modolo (ITA/EAU) s.t., 7. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA/DDT) s.t., 8. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) s.t., 9. Ryan Gibbons (RSA/DDT) s.t., 10. Sam Bennett (IRL/BOR) s.t. Selected: 19. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) s.t., 24. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) s.t., 26. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) s.t., 28. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) s.t., 29. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) s.t., 45. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) s.t., 53. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FJD) s.t., 72. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/TLJ) at 13secs With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champs when all is stated and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a major challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to discover!
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