Christian Vandevelde
Photo: Graham Watson/VeloNews

By virtue of being the first rider across the line in the opening team time trial, Christian Vandevelde of Team Slipstream-Chipotle becomes the first American to wear the maglia rosa (pink jersey) of the Giro d’Italia since Andy Hampsten in 1988.

David Zabriskie is in second place in the GC with the same time as his compatriot.

An excellent start for the American team!