Giro D’Italia 2022 Predictions
As the 2021 cycling calendar comes to an end, it is now time to look ahead to 2022 and although the Giro d’Italia is still a number of months away, it does not stop the speculation about who will enter the next edition of the great race.
Not only that, but it does not stop the speculation regarding who will come out on top and although there is no entry list at the time of writing, we can at least have a rough idea as to who will take part next year.
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In terms of the likely candidates for 2022 success, one cannot look much further than Egan Bernal and with the Colombian winning the previous edition of the race, he will now look to retain the pink jersey across three weeks of gruelling action.
Action which takes in some of the greatest sights within the sporting world and although it’s cycling cousin, the Tour De France is better known around the globe, it is the Giro D’Italia that wins out in the passion stakes.
Because when the Giro as it is otherwise better known comes to town, the whole nation comes to a standstill and regardless of whether a home rider is at the front of the pack or not, the cheers from the crowd are just as rapturous.
With the Giro sitting a couple of months before it’s French equivalent, some of the very best feel that they cannot take on both punishing races and if the same mindset is applied this year, then it is unlikely that Slovenia’s top talents will appear.
Which means Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic will be expected to keep their powder dry for another assault at the French mountains and with the former winning out in 2021, it is the latter who wants first place in 2022.
While when it comes to first place in the Giro, that is exactly what Egan Bernal managed last May and with the 24-year-old winning by a margin of 89 seconds, it was hometown favourite Damiano Caruso who had to make do with second place.
Not since 2016, has an Italian rider rode to the summit of the Giro and with Vincenzo Nibali being that man, the former Tour De France winner could be a contender to win the 2022 edition of the race.
Especially as his success in 2016, was not the only time in which the pink jersey was his own and after also winning the 2013 edition of the Giro, he will now look to win for a third time in his lengthy career.
Of course, in the past few years the sport of cycling has seen something of a British invasion and although this particular race has not been favourable to Bradley Wiggins, it has to do with compatriot Chris Froome.
With Froome winning in 2018, it was an attempt of doing the one thing that was considered almost impossible above and that is winning both the Italian and French legs of the sport’s trio of punishing Grand Tours.
With a Tour De France and Vuelta a Espana double in the bag the year before, 2018 saw an attempt at the Giro and Tour double instead and although the first leg was complete, the second only saw him record a third-place finish in Paris.
Whether that period towards the end of the previous decade can be considered the sweet spot of success, is something that remains to be seen and if Froome cannot get to the sharper end of the field in 2022, it may be down to fellow Brit Simon Yates instead.
After finishing third in last year’s Giro, he will be confident that he can perform better in 2022 and if his name is found on the entrants list, then he along with the likes of Bernal and Caruso will be in with a huge chance of victory next year.