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.
The first mountain stage of 2022 Giro d’Italia and it was an uphill finish on a volcano. What’s not to love? Appearing so early in the race, the ride up Mt Etna was never going to be a GC fight, but we did see a few big names rule themselves out of the GC running. While big name riders were making their way to the gruppetto, the day’s breakaway broke up with Bora’s Lennard Kämna battling the finish out with Trek Segafredo’s Juan Pedro Lopez. In the end, Kämna took the stage, while Lopez slipped on the maglia rosa. The GC top ten was shaken and stirred.