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.
Team Jumbo-Visma put two men into the break of the day, and the disappointment of Mount Etna behind them, to play an absolute blinder on a breathless Stage 7 of the Giro. Koen Bouwman took his maiden Grand Tour victory and the King of the Mountains jersey, but he could not have done so without strong riding from his teammate Tom Dumoulin. Trek-Segafredo’s Mr Tenacity, Bauke Mollema pipped a feisty Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) for second place on the day. Behind the breakaway, the GC leaders kept the action more-or-less together and Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) gains another day in pink.
It was the first (official) Monument of the season and certainly through the 5hrs of not-a-lot-happening, the tweeters were out in force … But our timeline really went bananas as the favourites went over the Poggio. It’s another ripping Tweets of the Week with *that* descent, Formolo faces, Tufts of Power, Lachlan’s big adventure, burger butts and much much more.