GIRO’22 Stage 14: Stage for Yates Carapaz in Pink!

A short fast stage around Torino

Giro Stage 14 Race Report: At the end of a crazy attacking day on the roads of Torino, Simon Yates attacked on the final climb for the solo win. Richard Carapaz finished in the chase group to take the overall lead with Jai Hindley in second place after his BORA-hansgrohe team split the race. Juan Pedro López rode out of his skin, but lost the overall lead.

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The final kilometre

Stage win for Simon Yates

Simon Yates won the fourteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia. The 29-year-old BikeExchange-Jayco rider rode away from a group of favourites on the last climb of the day. Earlier in the day, a large group of top men had split off the front, due to BORA-hansgrohe. Richard Carapaz is the new leader in the general classification, Juan Pedro López couldn’t hold the front group in the finalé.

The jersey leaders this morning – All change this evening?

The Route:
A short but intense stage, which leaves little time for the riders to catch their breath. The overall elevation gain, when compared to the stage length, is worthy of an Alpine stage. The opening kilometres from Santena to the foot of the first climb are the only flat stretch of the stage. The route ascends from Rivodora to Superga, taking in two laps of a 36.4km circuit that includes climbs up to Superga and the Colle della Maddalena. The former is 5km-long, with gradients hovering around 10%, and topping out at 14%. The latter is much shorter; it winds its way along a narrow road across the woods, with maximum gradients of 20%. A technical descent then leads all the way to the finish.

Final kilometres
After clearing the Colle della Maddalena, the route drops into Valsalice, with some challenging sections as it passes through urban areas. The gradients then increase again, up to Parco del Nobile. The last 4km runs entirely downhill, mostly on narrow roads. The road then opens up past the last kilometre in urban Torino, and levels out with approximately 700m to go.

The start of a short fast and hilly stage

The action came from the gun

The first attack of the day came from Mathieu van der Poel, but no one wanted to go with him and after 10 kilometres out front, the winner of the Tour of Flanders was caught. Then there were many attacks by different riders, without success. Simon Yates, Lennard Kämna, Mauri Vansevenant, Harm Vanhoucke, Magnus Cort and Diego Rosa were very active. Rosa took 9 points for the KOM on the first categorised climb of the day. There was then a big battle to get into the escape of the day. At 95 kilometres from the finish, after about 50 kilometres of racing: Nans Peters (AG2R Citroën), Oscar Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix), Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan), Filippo Zana (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Ben Zwiehoff (BORA-hansgrohe), Diego Camargo (EF Education-EasyPost), Diego Rosa (EOLO-Kometa), Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ), Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto Soudal), Iván Sosa (Movistar), James Knox (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) finally formed a leading group.

A hot day in the saddle, and not just the weather

Simon Yates stayed in the background until the final

At first it was INEOS Grenadiers who set the pace for the peloton, but the BORA-hansgrohe riders took the initiative. After the intense battle to make the day’s break, Tom Dumoulin abandoned the 2022 Giro d’Italia. The 12 leaders didn’t get a big lead due to the pace by the BORA team. At just under 80 kilometres from the finish, on the circuits around Turin, the lead was only 1 minute. The route of the 14th stage had been called a ‘mini World champs’. The combination of the difficult route and the pace of BORA-hansgrohe meant that the peloton kept getting smaller and smaller.

A Giro d’Italia cow

Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ) was riding well, but was distanced later in the stage

When they went through the finish, the peloton was completely shattered by the high speed, only Richard Carapaz, Pavel Sivakov and Simon Yates were still there. A number of top GC men were able to rejoin, but not all. João Almeida had to close the gap on his own to the group of favourites, where pink jersey wearer Juan Pedro López was still there. Other big names like Alejandro Valverde and Thymen Arensman had completely missed the move.

The BORA-hansgrohe were out to do something today

A cruel day around Torino

A new leading group emerged with Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan), Mikel Landa & Pello Bilbao (both Bahrain Victorious), Wilco Kelderman, Emanuel Buchmann, Jai Hindley (all BORA-hansgrohe), Jan Hirt & Domenico Pozzovivo (both Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco), Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) and João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates). The second group, included Arensman and Guillaume Martin, crossed the finish-line 36.5 kilometres from the finish 3 minutes down.

BORA-hansgrohe split the race apart

Alejandro Valverde missed the important move and needed a bike change

The pace in the leading group was provided by Kelderman. At 32 kilometres from the finish, on the Superga, his team mate Hindley, who won at Blockhaus, put in the first attack. Only Carapaz, Nibali and López could follow the Australian. They didn’t continue the move, so that the rest of the leading group, without Hirt, were able to rejoin. Towards the end of the Superga, Carapaz decided his moment had come, the Ecuadorian jumped away from the leading group. This acceleration was too much for the pink jersey and López was dropped.

López held on for a long time, but in the end he cracked

Carapaz quickly gained a lead of 30 seconds. In the second group, the pace was set by BORA-hansgrohe and Bahrain Victorious, as they still had two riders in the first group. At the foot of the Colle Della Madalena, 15 kilometres from the finish, Carapaz’s lead was still 20 seconds, but this was cut on the climb due to an attack by Nibali. The Shark of Messina, along with Hindley, chased down Carapaz.

Carapaz maybe attacked too early

Hindley, Nibali and Yates all eventually got to the front. The four shot down towards the last climb of the day, the Parco del Nobile. Pozzovivo was just under 15 seconds from the leaders. Nibali was the first to put an attack. The next was from Yates, who immediately took lead. The BikeExchange-Jayco rider clearly had the freshest legs.

The chase behind Yates

Stage win for Yates

Yates was able to keep that lead for the victory in the streets of Turin. Hindley sprinted to second, ahead of Carapaz, who is the new overall leader. López finished just in the top-10, at more than 4 minutes.

The sprint for 2nd place

López put up a strong fight

Stage winner, Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco): “My original plan was to make the breakaway today but it didn’t work that way. In the final move I had the advantage to not being racing for GC anymore but I came here to win the Giro. This is my sixth stage win. It doesn’t make up for my disappointment of the time lost on the Blockhaus. There’s one week to go but today was a big effort. I don’t know if I have something left for the last week.”

It had been a hot day for everyone

Maglia Rosa, Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers): “It’s been a short but very hard stage. I’m delighted with how it went. It’s a first positive step for the team. Now we’ll try to defend the Maglia Rosa. I didn’t remember that I also took it on Stage 14 three years ago but I’m glad to do it again.”

Carapaz back in pink

Giro d’Italia Stage 14 Result:
1. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco in 3:43:44
2. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:15
3. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:28
6. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:39
7. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:51
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious
9. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:10
10. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 4:25.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 14:
1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers in 58:21:28
2. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:07
3. João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 0:30
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:59
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 1:01
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 1:52
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:58
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan at 2:58
9. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 4:04
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 9:06

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