Photos: Yuzuru Sunada

Canadian Svein Tuft, riding for Australian team Orica-GreenEdge, enjoyed a birthday to remember as the Giro d’Italia got underway in Belfast on Friday. Tuft celebrated his 37th birthday by leading Orica-GreenEdge over the line at the end of the first stage of the prestigious event. And since the Australian squad was the fastest of the twenty-two teams, completing the 21.7km course in 24:42, it was Tuft who became the first wearer of the race leader’s pink jersey.