You know what makes me super happy about this? 6 of the top 7 riders are native English speakers, with Alexandre Vinokourov as the only interloper … and the first Italian rider is Marco Pinotti, in 10th. Yeah, it’s just the first day of the Giro, and there are still 22 days to go, but this is pretty amazing.

If something similar happens at the Tour de France in July, it can only bode well for raising the awareness of cycle sport in a number of English-speaking nations; this is what we need to keep raising the profile of cycling in a good way after Lance Armstrong retires again (and for good).

1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:10:18  
2 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02  
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
4 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:00:05  
5 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
6 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
7 David Millar (GBr) Garmin – Transitions 0:00:06  
8 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:07  
9 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:09  
10 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC – Columbia    

via Giro D’Italia: Stage 1, Route Maps & Results | Cyclingnews.com.