Wiggins and Astana's Vincenzo Nibali began locking horns today off the coast of Napoli as their teams dueled to a close TTT battle, with Movistar between them, as the overall battle for the maglia rosa began taking shape. Nibali's squad lost a mere fourteen seconds to the stage winners and Wiggins.
Garmin and BMC, two seeming favorites in this discipline, both turned in lackluster performances, leaving Garmin owner Jonathan Vaughters to theorize on Twitter that the winds may have shifted. Certainly Ryder Hejsedal faces a bit of a headwind now, being 25 seconds in arrears of Wiggins before any stages of real consequence. Cadel Evans is in worse shape at XX, and Samuel Sanchez took a 1.01 hit to his hopes, as Euskaltel fell apart disastrously, crossing the line with four riders before a fifth showed up 10 seconds later.
Sky's Salvatore Puccio becomes the the overall leader, having crossed the line first for the team. The national crono champion is riding in his first Giro d'Italia, making this a dream start for the 23-year-old Sicilian.