Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in Bologna for a packed episode of The Cycling Podcast following the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia.

The weather forecast predicted rain, which meant the top riders – apart from Simon Yates – started early and gave the day an upside-down feel. The Portico di San Luca may have been the star of the show but the rider who impressed most was Primoz Roglic, who beat Yates by 19 seconds.

We discuss the opening stage and what it means for the rest of the race, we ask why Bologna’s nickname is The Fat One and why the city’s mayor wants to rid the world of spaghetti bolognaise.

We also hear from the riders who tackled the San Luca climb and Yates about his overall Giro chances.

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