The Slovenian rider wins on Etna in similar fashion to his solo victory on Abetone in 2015.
The Luxembourger wears the Maglia Rosa just like last year.
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Etna, 9 May 2017 – Two years after he won climbing the Abetone, Slovenia’s Jan Polanc claimed the first uphill finish of the 100th Giro d’Italia as he soloed to victory on Mount Etna, surviving from a long breakaway despite the strong wind blowing on Sicily’s famous volcano. Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels – who wore the Maglia Rosa for three days last year – moved into the lead ahead of British riders Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates.
For the seventh time in the history of the Giro d’Italia, there have been four different Maglia Rosa in the first four stages (in order: Lukas Pöstlberger, André Greipel, Fernando Gaviria and Bob Jungels). The record goes back to the 1958 edition that saw six different leaders in as many stages: Vannitsen, Baldini, Pambianco, Aldo Moser, Botella, Pettinati
Slovenia counts three different stage winners at the Giro d’Italia: Luka Mezgec (Trieste, 2014), Jan Polanc (Abetone, 2015 and Etna, 2017), Primoz Roglic (Greve in Chianti, 2016)
It’s the 24th Maglia Rosa for Luxembourgers. Just like his compatriot Charly Gaul in 1956 and 1957, Bob Jungels has conquered it at the age of 23 (in 2016) and again today aged 24
Jacques Janse van Rensburg is the first South African to win a KOM prize at the Giro. The first South African to participate in the Giro was Alan van Heerden in 1979