Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka got the Giro d'Italia off to an excellent start with Omar Fraile winning the first King of the Mountains Blue Jersey of this year’s Giro d'Italia for the African team.

Fraile, jumped into the early break of the day with Martin Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Giacomo Berlato (Nippo Vini Fantini) from kilometre zero. The three riders combined well to build up a maximum lead of 10 minutes over the peloton as the stage made its way from Arnhem to Nijmegen, covering a total of 190km.

It was a predominantly flat stage but there was a single King of the Mountains prime which came after 155 kilometres of racing. It would be an important sprint as the first rider over the 'Berg en Dal' climb would be awarded the first King of the Mountains jersey of this year’s Giro d'Italia.

Fraile and his two breakaway mates arrived at the foot of the climb with a lead of two minutes and 40 seconds over the peloton and so it was obvious the winner would come from one of the three.

The trio went side by side until about 500 metres to go where the sprint then opened up, Fraile had little trouble in crossing the line first with a superior sprint, to take the first mountain points of this year’s race.

“It was an objective of the team to get the jersey today. With it being the first day it was possible to be on the podium by going for the jersey and because it is our first Giro, the first time for an African Team here, we really wanted to be on the podium

“I am really happy to have this jersey now after a really nice day. I really enjoyed the stage, the crowds were great.” - Omar Fraile