After yesterday’s bonkers day, the GC contenders took it easy on Stage 15 of the 2022 Giro d’Italia and let a big break go. In that break was Trek-Segafredo’s Giulio Ciccone, who had diamonds in his legs. Racing with head and heart, he attacked on the steepest part of the final climb to take an emotional solo victory. Second on the stage was Bahrain’s Santiago Buitrago and third was Antonio Pedrero (Movistar). Only the KOM jersey changes shoulders tonight, back to Jumbo’s Koen Bouwman and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) hustles his way back into the top ten.
Flatter than a flat thing from Flat Town was Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia. So with 203km to ride, it looked to be pretty uneventful until the final kilometre or so. And so it was, except for a little echelon action in the middle, but other than using up energy, nothing really came of it. But for a no-surprise stage, it really did have the twist in the tail – or a rocket in its pocket. Team DSM’s Alberto Dainese came out of nowhere, hoodwinking the lot of them, to take the bunch win from a very frustrated Fernando Gaviria (UAE). Simone Consonni of the Mighty ‘Dis was third. Did the GC change at all? Only marginally – Richard Carapaz picked up 3 bonus seconds at the second intermediate sprint and is now in 2nd overall, on the same time as Joao Almeida. Did the jerseys change at all? No. They did not.
The first full week of Giro2022 and it was eventful! For me, the two big stories were Juan Pedro Lopez and Biniam Girmay. We also have stunning Gruber Insta galleries, RookieRacingRecap, Tom Dumoulin being playful, Cav thanking his Hungarian fans and much more. Tweets of the Week is in the pink!