As the 2022 Giro d'Italia heads into the decisive third week and the high mountains, Spencer Martin dissects 'what we know about the Giro d’Italia’s GC picture'. How have the GC riders lost and gained time in the Italian Grand Tour so far.
Today's stage was always going to be a bunch sprint, but Dries De Bondt nearly upset with a late attack. He was caught with 1,2 kilometres to go and a chaotic sprint ensued. Alberto Dainese pushed his wheel over the line ahead of Fernando Gaviria, Simone Consonni and points leader Arnaud Démare. Juan Pedro López held the overall lead.
The toughest stage in the 2022 Giro d'Italia so far blew the race apart leaving a top group of six to fight for the win. Jai Hindley, Romain Bardet and Richard Carapaz sprinted to the line, for the Australian to take the victory. The GC changed, but Juan Pedro López kept the pink jersey by 12 seconds over João Almeida.
Stage 8 was held on what was described as a 'Worlds style circuit' in Napoli. The action was from the gun on this lumpy course and the break of the day went away in the first meters. The money was on Mathieu van der Poel and Biniam Girmay, but it was Thomas De Gendt who sneaked away in a counter-attack and won the sprint.
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'.