The Italian rider Riccardo Stacchiotti (Giotti Victoria) has won the first stage of Il Giro di Sicilia in a bunch sprint, 165km from Catania to Milazzo, ahead of Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) and Luca Pacioni (Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM), wearing the first Maglia Rossa e Gialla (red and yellow jersey) of general classification leader.

 

STAGE RESULT

1 – Riccardo Stacchiotti (Giotti Victoria) 165km in 3h48’02”, average speed 43.414kph

2 – Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) s.t.

3 – Luca Pacioni (Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1 – Riccardo Stacchiotti (Giotti Victoria)

2 – Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) at 4″

3 – Luca Pacioni (Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM) at 6″

 

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rossa e Gialla (red and yellow), general classification leader, sponsored by the Sicilian Region – Riccardo Stacchiotti (Giotti Victoria)
  • Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by NamedSport – Riccardo Stacchiotti (Giotti Victoria)
  • Maglia Verde Pistacchio (pistacchio green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Cantine Cellario – Isaac Canton Serrano (Kometa Cycling Team)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by the Ufficio Nazionale Israeliano del Turismo – citiesbreak.com – Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides (UAE Team Emirates)

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner and first Maglia Rossa e Gialla, Riccardo Stacchiotti, said: “The stage was very hard, after the climb the leg were good and I tried to do a good sprint, it’s amazing. In the final kilometres my teammates brought me in to the best position and I took Belletti’s wheel and in the last 200 meters I did my best and managed to win!