Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia can be described as a thoroughly enjoyable and wholesome day of bike racing culminating in a surprise Italian win from the day’s breakaway. Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Fenix) took the victory from the formidable front trio after out-sprinting breakaway companions Lorenzo Rota (Intermarche Wanty-Gobert) and Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma) in beautiful Genoa. A calm day for the general classification riders saw Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) retain the Maglia Rosa for another stage with no changes in the Top 10. However Wilco Kelderman (Bora-hansgrohe), Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) leapt back into the Top 20 after finishing 8 minutes ahead of the main bunch.
Cycling fans, one and all, stand up and give yourself a jolly good pat on the back for making it through to the end of Stage 6 of this year’s Giro D’Italia. A long, painful, uneventful affair ultimately saw Arnaud Demare double up the stage wins, all the while tightening his grip on the maglia ciclamino. In a horribly frantic final kilometre, in which frankly it was a miracle there were no crashes, the best of the best sprinters went to battle for the day’s honours. Lotto Soudal’s Caleb Ewan lost out to Demare by truly the finest of margins (see our 50-slide powerpoint presentation on the camera angles being wrong later), and Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) rounded out the podium with his first ever(!) third place finish at the Italian Grand Tour. No change in the jerseys or the GC.
Grand Tour season is BACK, baby!
We woke from our slumbers on this glorious Friday morning with a feeling of excitement akin only to waking up as a child on Christmas morning. Giddy with the thoughts of uninterrupted coverage of three solid weeks of racing, all of the possibilities of what could unravel racing around heads, and so much anticipation for the gifts cycling Gods might present to us. And so Stage 1 – the Grande Partenza. Giro d’Italia 2022 departed from Budapest on its long voyage toward Verona, starting with a drama-free flat stage which ended with a 5.5km kicker to the finish. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) unsurprisingly ending the day as stage winner to wear the first maglia rosa, but MVDP fans, avert your eyes now – because this wrap-up is dedicated to our moral victor and hero, Biniam Girmay (Intermarche Wanty Gobert).