Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 2 – Simon Yates shocks with a time trial victory, Van der Poel stays in pink

Colour me pink! Simon PHILIP Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) only went and took a stormer of a time-trial victory on Stage Two of the Giro. The man from Bury flew along the flat and zoomed up the finishing climb with equal aplomb. A pink-clad Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) stomped on the pedals and used all his cyclocross skills to navigate the corners with supreme skill to take a close second. Fellow Dutchman, Tom Dumoulin, was quickest of an excellent Jumbo-Visma team to round out the podium.

A whole lot of corners and a cobbledy climb

You know I LOVE a time trial and the route for this short 9.2km effort made my mouth water.

Look at all those corners. They call for repeated muscle-screaming efforts as you accelerate out. They call for supreme bike handling if you are not going to bleed time around each of twenty bends you have to navigate. Throw in a part-cobbled climb at the end and you have a time-trial where the balance swings away from those purring time trial machines and throws the whole event wide open.  In one word, such a parcours makes for the UNEXPECTED.

That’s exactly what we got. The hot seat in Budapest needed a revolving door at one point so quickly was the lead changing hands.

Lennard Kamna (BORA-hansgrohe),  Edoardo Affini (Jumbo Visma), BEX’s Matteo Sobrero all staked a claim early on.

Tom Dumoulin looked to have had the final say with a silky smooth ride.

But he never made it as far as the winner’s enclosure as Simon PHILIP Yates made collective jaws drop.

All eyes switched to the pre-stage favourite Mathieu VdP. He looked ice calm in pink on the start ramp, took the corners with FULL RISK and stomped up the cobbled climb as though he was attacking on the Muur de Geradsbergen. He fell short of victory by the narrowest of margins. Simon PHILIP Yates had done it.

I don’t think anyone did… apart from Eurosport’s King Kelly, and you can’t argue with him.

Here’s your highlights.

Happiest team in Budapest

It was a good day for the Aussie team, stage win and the maglia bianca. 

Still pretty in pink

I’d say it’s mission accomplished yet again for Mathieu. Of course it would have been history making to take back to back victories, but he still holds the maglia rosa and, barring disaster on stage three, looks set to take it back to Italy next week.

We have to talk about the bike.

As beautiful as it looks…

It’s stage 2! Pink gloves and some matching chic socks would be classy, additional pink bar tape if you really want to make a statement.

What does this mean in the grand scheme of things Midge?

Usually I’d be shouting the full disclaimer about the silliness of extrapolating early stage results onto a three-week Grand Tour. However, these Hungarian stages have been intriguingly designed and have produced some tricky racing. The VeloVoices crew discussed how excited we were to see the field wide open in our Giro preview podcast and already we see the gaps beginning to yawn open. Some of them are so wide that I fear no amount of mountain stages will close them – hands tissue to Journal Velo over Cofidis’ Guillaume Martin being nearly a minute down already. On the other hand time lost on GC now  now means either balls to the wall racing or stage  hunting glory and who wouldn’t like to see that from Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez, Trek-Segafredo’s Giulio Ciccone and Journal Velo’s Beloved.  VAI VAI VAI!!! there is everything to play for.

On the other hand, the likes of Wilko Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe), UAE Team Emirates’ Joao Almeida, Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Richard Carapaz (INEOS-Grenadiers) kept themselves right in contention and they’ll be full of confidence for the  rest of their Italian adventure.

That’s one of the best TT’s I have seen Romain ride.

That TT helmet on Carapaz though. I know it must be aero efficient, but it’s twice the size of his head!


Ben Tulett’s time trial. Brilliant ride form the young Brit.

Nothing makes my heart soar higher than watching riders in front of their home crowd. What special moments for Erik Fetter (EOLO-Kometa) Atilla Valter (Groupama FDJ) and

The Last Word

I am all for this. #swashbuckling

All the results

Stage results 

1 Simon PHILIP Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) 11:50

2 Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) +0:03

3 Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) +0:05

4 Matteo Sobrero (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:13

5 Ben Tulett (INEOS-Grenadiers) same time

GC Top 10 

1 Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) 4:47:11

2 Simon PHILIP Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:11

3 Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) +0:16

4 Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange-Jayco) +0:24

5 Wilco Kelderman (BORA-Hansgrohe) same time

6 Ben Tulett (INEOS-Grenadiers) ST

7 Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma) +0:28

8 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) same time

9 Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) +0:29

10 Mauro Schmid (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) same time

All the jerseys

Leader’s jersey : Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)

Points jersey : Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)

King of the Mountains: Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)

Best young rider: Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange-Jayco)

Team : Jumbo-Visma

For full race results, go to CyclingNews

Official Giro d’Italia website is here

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