The first stage of the 2012 Giro d'Italia is nearing its completion and Ramunas Navardauskas won't be atop the leaderboard when the last rider finishes. Though his time of 10:48 was good for first place for a couple of hours, there was a succession of racers who bested one another to take the lead. The current leader is Taylor Phinney at 10:26. Phinney hails from Boulder, CO.
Manuele Boaro (10:41) and Geraint Thomas (10:35) were the first ones to pass Navardauskas and take the lead, though only briefly. However, Navardauskas' teammate Alex Rasmussen was one of the last riders to take the course and he moved his way into the top three with his performance.
Phinney will likely wear the pink jersey at the conclusion of this stage, meaning that he is the stage winner.
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