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Giro 2022 - Stage Previews & Discussion - Week 3
« on: May 02, 2022, 08:34 »
Giro d'Italia - Stage Previews & Discussion - Week 3


Stage Type / Difficulty Date Start / Finish Distance
16      #mountain   :*:*:*:*:*      Tue. 24/05      Salò - Aprica      202 km
17      #mountain   :*:*:*:*      Wed. 25/05      Ponte di Legno - Lavarone      168 km
18      #flat   :*      Thu. 26/05      Borgo Valsugana - Treviso      152 km
19      #med   :*:*:*:*      Fri. 27/05      M. Lagunare - S. di Castelmonte      177 km
20      #mountain   :*:*:*:*:*      Sat. 28/05      Belluno - Marmolada (P. Fedaia)      168 km
21      #tt   :*:*:*      Sun. 29/05      Verona - Verona      17.4 km
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     I just realised that in my haste, I posted stage 16 in the week 2 thread. :fp

     Anyhow, today, despite a nasty crash, one of the best, if not the best climber in the breakaway took another GT stage for Colombia and added to Bahrain's impressive palmares in 2022.
    Unfortunately, due to poor coverage, we saw little of the carnage behind in the GC group.

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    Stage 18: Borgo Valsugana - Treviso 151 km
    Thursday, May 26th, 12:40 BST

    The sprinters get their final outing of this Giro, as the peloton enjoys a welcome rest from the climbing. The route between Borgo Valsugana and Treviso is just 152 kilometres long without featuring major obstacles. The Muro Di Ca del Poggio is tough, but short and a long way from the finish.


    The stage travels East, the South, away from the mountains.
    In Treviso, the riders will be met with a circuit of approx. 11 km, to be covered only once. The last Giro finish in Treviso dates back to 2013. Mark Cavendish took the spoils ahead of Nacer Bouhanni and Luka Mezgec.


    The Climbs:

    Le Scale Di Primolano: GPM4, 2.3 km at 5.7%

    Muro Di Ca' Del Poggio: GPM4, 1.1 km at 12.3%



    Final Kms.

    The final circuit is played out on wide and flat roads, with the exception of a slightly narrower sector, from the ‑4 km to the ‑2 km marker, and of a sharper corner with 3 km to go. Over the last 2 km, the road opens up, with just a final bend 1,200 m before the finish (on tarmac).




    What to expect:

    The remaining sprinters teams to chase the break. In the eventuality that non of the main sprinters remain, the possibility of a successful breakaway increases by some margin.

    Favourites 18th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Arnaud Demare, Mark Cavendish
    :*:*:*:* Fernando Gaviria
    :*:*:* Simoni Consonni, Alberto Dainese, Phil Bauhaus
    :*:* Giacomo Nizzoli, MvDP
    :* Edward Theuns, Vincenzo Albanese
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    Final Kms.

    The final circuit is played out on wide and flat roads, with the exception of a slightly narrower sector, from the ‑4 km to the ‑2 km marker, and of a sharper corner with 3 km to go. Over the last 2 km, the road opens up, with just a final bend 1,200 m before the finish (on tarmac).



    not that it's likely to make much of a difference, but there has been a slight route change, and the final circuit is 5 km longer now

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    It's not that clear but in comparison, you all get the idea.

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    So the finishing loop was to have been an owl flying away from us to the left, but now it is a gull flying perpendicularly across our path.

    But not a vulture, so Buitrago unlikely to repeat.
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    Dries De Bondt  #alpecin secured a shock victory on stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia, after the peloton miscalculated the speed at which the breakaway could finish the race.
    Four riders formed a breakaway early in the race, with De Bondt, Magnus Cort  #ef, Edoardo Affini  #jumbo and Davide Gabburo #bardiani staying two minutes ahead of the peloton for the majority of the race.
    Heading into the final 30km, the speed started to drastically increase, with both groups riding along at 55kmh.
    Into the final 13km, the breakaway's lead stood at 1-10, as they started the second and final lap of the circuit around Treviso. Juan Pedro López  #trek  #white dropped off the back. With 4km to go, López was 2-48 back, while the peloton was still 45 seconds behind the breakaway. This kept coming down during the final kilometres, but in the end it was Dries De Bondt who took the victory.

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    Stage 19: Marano Lagunare – Santuario di Castelmonte 178 km
    Friday, May 27th, 12:10 CET

    The 19th stage of the Giro returns to the mountains, crosses over to Slovenia and closing with a summit finish. It travels in 178 kilometres from Marano Lagunare to the Sanctuary of Castelmonte. It includes three intermediate climbs before the finish, which lies uphill. The Kolovrat climb is a candidate for being called the hardest in the race, as it ascends at nearly 10% for 10 km and offers the best opportunity for a long range attack from riders looking to claw back more than a few seconds.



    Starting in Marano Lagunare, the route cuts across the lowlands all the way to the morainic hills around Fagagna and Majano. The stage course crosses Buja, reaches the Julian Prealps, runs past the Grotte di Villanova . The route enters Slovenia through the Uccea pass. After clearing the Passo Solarie, a long false-flat down leads back to Italy, snaking through the woods. Starting in Cividale del Friuli, the peloton will tackle the closing climb to the Castelmonte sanctuary.



    The Climbs:

    Villanova Grotte: GPM3, 3.7 km at 8%


    Passo di Tanamea: GPM3, 9.7 km at 5.3%


    Kolovrat: GPM1, 10.3 km at 9.2%

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    This climb, a new acquaintance to the Giro d’Italia, culminates at 1,162 metres atop the Kolovrat, a mountain ridge in the easternmost corner of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, on the border with Slovenia.
    Across the border, the ascent begins in a small village along the banks of the Isonzo called Kobarid, which is probably best known by its Italian name, Caporetto.
    The Caporetto. The scene of the battle that forced the Italian troops to a long retreat to the line of the Piave River in October 1917



    Final Kms.

    The final climb is approx. 7 km long, with a short downhill stretch after 2.5 km. The sharpest gradients (up to 13%) are found at the foot of the climb, and when the road starts to go up again after the fall. The roadway is wide and well surfaced. The home straight is on tarmac road.




    What to Expect.

    A very long, tough battle to get into this breakaway, as there are over 70kms to the first climb, but then there is a good chance to go all the way.
    The finish is uphill, but since the climb to the line is not very long it remains to be seen if GC riders see it fit to go for the win.
    Especially, since the next stage is much more suited for a GC battle. However, by now, in some cases, needs must.

    Favourites 19th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Bauke Mollema, Hugh Carthy, Giulio Ciccone
    :*:*:*:* Alejandro Valverde, Lucas Hamilton, Mathieu van der Poel, Guillaume Martin
    :*:*:* Thomas De Gendt, Lennard Kämna, Mauri Vansevenant, Lorenzo Fortunato
    :*:* Gijs Leemreize, Thymen Arensman, Santiago Buitrago, Koen Bouwman
    :* Mikel Landa, Jay Hindley, Richard Carapaz, Joe Dombrowski

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    on paper it looks like a good stage to send team mates up the road and attack on Kolovrat. But well, yeah, probably unlikely to happen with Fedaia the day after (and only Landa and maybe Nibali would be in the situation to try anyway).

    About today, I'm actually not sure the bunch really "miscalculated" it - I more had the feeling, that they just weren't strong enough. At the top of the climb the gap was 2:30 or so, and from then it was full out for >50k. A smaller gap before would probably have let to more attacks from the peloton instead..
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    a little throwback to yesterday, but this is too got to not post it



    (by Ashley Gruber: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd_tbAVDmbD/ )
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    it's de Marchi's home stage today, btw, which initially was a big goal for him. But according to the Velonews preview, this is not the case anymore:

    Di Marchi has had his focus on this stage for months. His fan club will be waiting for him at the finish, as will his family. But he says that his form is not good enough for him to try one of his trademark breakaways. “I’m going to enjoy it, because it would just be a bit pointless to try anything. My mind and legs aren’t going hand in hand at the moment,” he said at the stage 18 start in Borgo Valsugana.

    “I’ve had a lot of dreams about for tomorrow, though. I will certainly sleep soundly tonight, but I’ll perhaps be a little more agitated than usual, because the idea of seeing so many people waiting for me including my wife and son is something that has been buzzing around in my head for months. Finally, the moment has come.


    Him getting into shape would have probably been the last chance for #israel to finish the Giro with some kind of result of note
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    I didn´t watch yesterday´s stage - is there a problem with #bora Jai Hindley (results indicate he might have suffered a fall inside 3kms).
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    I didn´t watch yesterday´s stage - is there a problem with #bora Jai Hindley (results indicate he might have suffered a fall inside 3kms).

    the TV director wasn't really at his best again yesterday and just showed a very brief picture of him getting dropped, but according to the team he had a late mechanical
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     Today turned out to be possibly the most disappointing stage of this Giro, topped off with a farcical sprint finish atop the final climb.
     A less than stellar breakaway was allowed to go early and gain a huge gap. Carapaz did try a few tentative attacks which Hindley seemed happy to follow and wait for tomorrow.

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    Stage 20: Belluno – Marmolada 167 km
    Saturday, May 28th, 12:15 CET

    A colossal stage through the Dolomites, the Giro's last mountain stage presents 168 kilometres with a total elevation gain of 4,490 metres. The riders are to conquer the Passo di San Pellegrino and Passo Pordoi before finishing at the Passo Fedaia. Finally, the Giro hits 2000 metre territory, where the rarefied atmosphere comes into play.



    Starting from the town of Belluno, just at the foot of the Dolomites, this stage will offer the first, uncategorised difficulty of the day after just 18 km. Next a short diversion across the valley of the Piave river through Sedico, Santa Giustina and Sospirolo, the route passes Agordo and Cencenighe, crossing the Val Cordevole upstream. The first 65 kilometres are the calm before the storm.
    After the Passo S.Pellegrino, the peloton enter the Val di Fassa, a valley that they will have to ascend for 17 km all the way to the end and to the foot of the next climb and the Cima Coppi ascent of the Passo Pordoi. The descent is very technical and leads to the town of Caprile, where the final climb of the day will begin: The mythical Marmolada.



    The Climbs:

    Passo S.Pellegrino: GPM1, 18.5 km at 6.2%
    A long and hard climb, very irregular in the first half and then just consistently steep in the second.



    Passo Pordoi: Cima Coppi, 11.8 km at 6.8%

    First used on June 5, 1940. It was Giro stage 17, from Pieve di Cadore to Ortisei. Coppi and Bartali set out on a legendary two-man break, and the young Fausto staked his claim on the Giro. When Bartali punctured on the Sella and Coppi tried to pull away, Pavesi ordered him to wait for his teammate, who had previously been waiting for him when Fausto had punctured.





    Passo Fedaia: GPM1, 14 km at 7.6%

    Not since that stage to Gardeccia 2011 that Fedaia (also known as Marmolada) has featured in the Giro.



    The Giro d’Italia first tackled the Passo Fedaia on June 5, 1970.
    The climb was already supposed to feature in the route of the Trento-Malga Ciapela stage the previous year, but the inclement weather stopped its debut: the stage was cancelled because of snow and wind on the passes, and rain and hail in the valley.
    Curiously, though, when the Giro first tackled the Marmolada, it didn’t really climb the Passo Fedaia, just the first 9kms. The full ascent arrived in 1975, in the second to last stage of the Giro.



    Final kms
    The ramps are steep over the last 14 km. After a technical ascent from Caprile to Rocca Pietore, the route becomes a 2% false-flat up. The gradients go up again past Sottoguda, then the road dips a little before Malga Ciapela (passing through a curved, well-lit tunnel). The average gradient over the last 6 km is around 12%, with a mid-climb 18% peak. The home straight is flat, on tarmac road.




    What to expect:
    The final battle for the GC. Doubtful that will kick off before those brutal final kilometres.

    Favourites 20th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Richard Carapaz
    :*:*:*:* Mikel Landa, Jai Hindley
    :*:*:* Vincenzo Nibali, Hugh Carthy
    :*:* Guillaume Martin, Jan Hirt, Wilco Kelderman
    :* Pello Bilbao, Santiago Buitrago, Emmanuel Buchmann, Lorenzo Fortunato

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    great to have Fedaia back in the race again after all those years, but I'm not sure anymore it's gonna be as excited as hoped for. Going by yesterday's Cycling Podcast (with Hindley's coach) they seem to be fairly confident in his time trial abilities - and so is Ineos in Carapaz', I guess.

    Landa definitely needs to try something at least, but probably only on the final 3k as well.
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    That´s got to be one of the best cycling photo´s ever!  :D  :cool

    I am watching the final 40kms now because I fell a sleep while trying to watch it («recorded» from d+ ) late last night.
    The racing isn´t very exciting, but the Friuli forests (on both sides of the border) are fantastically beautiul at this time of year.  This kind of roads basically require the race either firmly set or blown to pieces before they enter. HAving this as the first mountain stage in opening weekend with a fully charged peloton fighting fiercely for position at every narrow hairpin turn would be a sure recipe for disaster. Half of the riders would be hospitalized after crashes in a single stage.
    However, I definetly would love to visit this place and ride these roads on my own.[1]

     1. when I am 20kg lighter  :lol 
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    Didn't see that coming. What was it, the B-team not up to scratch? Just a bad day at the office for Carapaz or was Hindley at another level?
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    Alessandro Covi  #uae completed a 53km solo attack by climbing to victory on the penultimate day of the Giro d’Italia.
    Hindley will take an advantage of one minute and 25 seconds into Sunday’s final stage, a 17.4km race against the clock round the streets of Verona.


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    Stage 21: Verona – Verona 17.4 km ITT
    Sunday, May 29th, 13:55 CET

    An individual time trial on the Torricelle Circuit (the same as in the World Championships), covered counter-clockwise. The first part is on broad, straight boulevards, followed by an ascent sloping for 4.5 km at 5% in a series of steps, on narrower roadway. Split time is taken past the Torricella Massimiliana summit. The route then descends for 4 km, still on wide and straight roads.



    It features the last GPM of the Giro, Torricelle (GPM4, 4.6 km at 5.1%) All in, there are only 8 km of this are flat, so more designed with the GC in mind, rather than offering any specialists a nailed on opportunity for a late stage win (although they can still feature)



    Final kms

    The last 3 km along the city streets, with some sharp bends, lead all the way to the finish in Piazza Bra and the Verona Arena.
    The final kilometres are on broad, straight urban avenues. The final time is taken in Piazza Bra, before entering the Arena. The home straight is 150 m long, on 6.5 m wide asphalt road.





    What to Expect.

    As the distance is only 17kms, the gaps between the contenders should be small. However, that is not to say they will be insignificant.

    Favourites 21st stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* No standout favourite
    :*:*:*:* Edoardo Affini, Matteo Sobrero
    :*:*:* Jos van Emden, Mauro Schmid, Tobias Ludvigsson
    :*:* Matthias Brändle, Ben Tullett, Mathieu van der Poel
    :* Wilco Kelderman, Lennard Kämna, Thymen Arensman, Thomas De Gendt, Tobias Foss
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    Didn't see that coming. What was it, the B-team not up to scratch? Just a bad day at the office for Carapaz or was Hindley at another level?
    I've read speculation that Carapaz may have come down with the same illness that forced Porte to abandon.
    If he did, limiting his losses to 'only' 1:28 minutes was quite a feat.
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    If he did, then coming 10th the following day was more than impressive.  It was easy to assume sickness in the camp after what happened to Porte, but 'speculation' probably describes it well.
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