After an exciting start to cycling’s most beautiful race, an American wears the Maglia Rosa. Though we like to think Taylor Phinney would have rather been racing on home soil before the start of the Giro, it’s hard to imagine he’d rather be any where else now. After winning the Giro Prologue in dominant fashion, Phinney has managed to hang on to the pink jersey despite suffering a crash and mechanical on stage 2, and getting caught up in a crash on stage 3.
Cavendish is back to his winning ways escaping a crash in the final 3 Km and winning the stage 2 sprint by over a bike length. Cav was less fortunate on stage 3, getting caught up in the same crash as Phinney. Phinney wears the Pink Leader’s and White Young Rider’s Jerseys, Alfredo Balloni wears the Blue Climber’s Jersey, and Matthew Goss wears the Red Sprinter’s Jersey after claiming second on stage 2 and winning stage 3.
Back on home soil, Rory Sutherland holds onto the GC of the Sram Tour of the Gila by 15 seconds over Chad Beyer. Kristen Armstrong was a woman among girls, winning the women’s GC by over 6 minutes.
Taylor Phinney is riding a sweet black and pink BMC Team Machine SLR with Shimano Di2. He wears custom Giro Factor road shoes and seems to prefer a Specialized Carbon Railed Romin saddle. He also rides Shimano Dura Ace Carbon pedals.