A super strong break formed early and was whittled down to four riders: Bouwman, Formolo, Dumoulin and Mollema. The stage victory came down to a sprint from these four and it was the young Bouwman who had the best legs after a tough 196 kilometres. The bunch came in at 3 minutes with López keeping the pink jersey.
After a less than exciting day on the Giro d'Italia, stage 6 came down to the expected sprint finish. And it was quite a sprint. It took the camera to separate Caleb Ewan, Arnaud Démare and Mark Cavendish. Démare won the sprint by the smallest margin. Juan Pedro López held the overall lead.
Stage 5 of the 2022 Giro d'Italia came down to a bunch sprint, but not all the sprinters made it over the one climb of the day. Top favorites Mark Cavendish and Caleb Ewan had missed the boat to Messina. The Spencer Martin scorching fast stage 5 'BREAKDOWN'.
Stage 5 was billed as a sprinters day, but there was a climb that saw sprint favourites Mark Cavendish and Caleb Ewan dropped by the peloton. In Messina Arnaud Démare was the fastest in a chaotic sprint ahead of an angry Fernando Gaviria and Giacomo Nizzolo.
The volcanic slopes of Etna saw the 2022 Giro d'Italia turned up-side down. Lennard Kämna won the stage and Juan Pedro López took the pink jersey. Behind them the top GC favourites finished together, but Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin were dropped and Miguel Ángel López abandoned.
After a less than startling stage, Mark Cavendish took an impressive stage win ahead of Arnaud Démare and Fernando Gaviria. The 'Manx Missile' went early and none of the other fast-finishers could get past him. Mathieu van der Poel held the pink jersey going into the first rest day.
Simon Yates rode the time trial of his life to take the Giro stage 2 win, but it was Mathieu van der Poel, with the pink jersey on his back, who came so close to a two-in-a-row stage win by 3 seconds. Van der Poel holds the overall lead - Stage for Yates.
The first stage of the 2022 Giro d'Italia came down to a battle between Mathieu van der Poel, Biniam Girmay and Caleb Ewan. Ewan crashed and Van der Poel bettered Girmay in the last metres. Van der Poel now has a pink jersey to add to his yellow from last year's Tour de France.