Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 17 – Santiago Buitrago takes the stage, Carapaz remains in pink, the devil is in the detail.

Sum up stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia in two words? BREATHLESS EXHILARATION. Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) comes back from a crash then puts in a vicious attack to fly solo for his maiden Grand Tour victory. His team, especially Wout Poels, set Mikel Landa up to displace UAE Team-Emirate’s Joao Almeida on the third step of the Giro podium. Richard Carapaz (INEOS – Grenadiers) is still in pink with Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe) still locked at three seconds adrift in second, and I haven’t even mentioned the exploits of dynamic Dutch duo of Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix) and Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma). Hold onto your hats, people!

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Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 16 – Wanty corner goes wild with Jan Hirt’s 5-star victory

It was a five-star stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia and the riders responded. It started with riders all over the road (early breaks trying to get away) and ended with riders all over the road. It was Jan Hirt who kept Intermarche-Wanty’s Giro fires burning with a well-fought solo win, with Thymen Arenseman (DSM) coming in second. But the GC put on a show as well, with Bora’s Jai Hindley in an uphill sprint with Richard Carapaz (Ineos) to take precious bonus seconds for third. Carapaz keeps the maglia rosa, but give Hindley anything over 3sec tomorrow and it’s on his shoulders. None of the other jerseys changed hands either.

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VeloVoices Podcast 193: Unleashing the Hammer of Sass on Giro 2022

Kathi, Luke and Euan sit down round the table and mull over the second week of the Giro. Hot topics include:

A lot of love for Bora

How do Wanty keep their kit so white?

The one rider we’d all love to win the race

Biniam Girmay vs Mathieu van der Poel

And, a brief spat over Mark Cavendish

Kathi gives us her legendary final week preview and we spend more time than planned on the Joe Martin Stage Race

Check out our Giro coverage here:

Giro Tweets of the Week 2022 : Blockhaus chaos, the pride of Eritrea and flying bidons

Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 10 – Girmay wins on an historic and emotional day in Italy

Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 11 – Dainese surprises for the sprint win

Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 12 – Stefano Oldani takes his first pro win

Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 13 – Demare’s hat trick with ice cream on top

Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 14 – Yates takes stage, Carapaz in pink, GC all shook up

Giro d’Italia 2022 : Stage 15 – Emotional win for Giulio Ciccone

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