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.
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
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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.