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Giro 2022 - Stage Previews & Discussion - Week 2
« on: May 02, 2022, 08:32 »
Giro d'Italia - Stage Previews & Discussion - Week 2


Stage Type / Difficulty Date Start / Finish Distance
10      #med   :*:*:*      Tue. 17/05      Pescara - Jesi      196 km
11      #flat   :*      Wed. 18/05      S. di Romagna - Reggio Emilia      203 km
12      #med   :*:*:*:*      Thu. 19/05      Parma - Genova      204 km
13      #flat   :*:*      Fri. 20/05      Sanremo - Cuneo      150 km
14      #med   :*:*:*:*      Sat. 21/05      Santena - Torino      147 km
15      #mountain   :*:*:*:*      Sun. 22/05      Rivarolo Canavese - Cogne      178 km
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    Stage 10: Pescara – Jesi 196 km
    Tuesday, May 17th, 12:20 CET

    The stage is clearly divided into two parts. It begins pan-flat along the Statale Adriatica, in the Marche region. What follows is a long section of rolling terrain, with a succession of mild and steep ascents or even ‘walls’, (Recanati GPM4, 3.4 km at 6.9% features 500m at 13.8% in the middle) with no pause for recovery.



    The course then takes in consecutive ascents to Civitanova Alta (up to Crocette di Montecosaro), Recanati, Filottrano, Santa Maria Nova and Monsano. Past Monsano, the finish will be just 9 km away. The second intermediate sprint in Filottrano, hometown of Michele Scarponi.
    The last time that the Giro visited Pescara was in 2013, when Adam Hansen soloed to victory from the breakaway. It has been three years since Jesi saw the pro-peloton when, 2019, the Tirreno-Adriatico visited the town.



    Recanati: GPM4, 3.4 km at 6.9%
    With a max gradient of 18%.


    Final kms
    The route drops down quickly on wide roads into Jesi, with approximately 1,400 m to go. A right-hander leads into the home straight, on an average 2% incline. The finish line lies on tarmac.




    What to expect:
    The second half of this stage is probably too tough for the sprinters, although maybe the likes of Caleb Ewan could just hang in. However the likes of Mathieu van der Poel,Diego Ulissi and Biniam Girmay will be more heavily fancied.

    Favourites 10th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Mathieu van der Poel, Biniam Girmay
    :*:*:*:* Diego Ulissi, Magnus Cort
    :*:*:* Caleb Ewan, Andrea Vendrame
    :*:* Simone Consonni, Vincenzo Albanese
    :* Arnaud Démare, Fernando Gaviria, Giacomo Nizzolo
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    here's also an (interactive, below) profile of the final part from Raffi





    Unfortunately a really soft version of a muro stage indeed. I'd tend to say it's one for the breakaway, but not sure either
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    Biniam Girmay (Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux) created history on stage ten of the Giro d'Italia, by becoming the first Eritrean and first black African rider to win a Grand Tour stage.
    In the final kilometre, riders jostled for position as they attempted to launch their attack at the right time. The Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux team worked perfectly though, clearly throwing everything they had at this stage to try and secure Biniam Girmay the victory. The Eritrean launched from the lead out with less than 500m to go, but Van der Poel followed him.  Girmay just proved too strong for the Dutchman, though, who gave the Eritrean a thumbs up while crossing the line.

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    Stage 11: Santarcangelo di Romagna – Reggio Emilia 203 km
    Wednesday, May 18th, 12:20 CET

    This stage could rival last Thursday's for boredom.
    A pan-flat stage across the lowlands of Emilia-Romagna, along the Via Emilia on straight and mostly wide roads. As the stage passes through several urban areas, roundabouts, traffic islands and street furniture will be found along the route.



    The route detours just once, looping to the North, just after Bologna. Stage 11 is one of the longest races on the Giro. The race between Santarcangelo di Romagna and Reggio Emilia adds up to 203 kilometres.



    Final kms
    The final kilometres are on wide and well-surfaced roads, with roundabouts, traffic dividers, pedestrian islands and speed being the main obstacles. The home straight is 350 m long, on 7‑m wide tarmac.




    What to Expect:

    Boredom. Few will fancy getting into the break, as the sprinter teams will be all over this stage.
    That should be done with as soon as the flag drops. Then nothing for about 5 hours. The speed will go up and we will then probably have a crash or two, as riders struggle to regain focus.
    Buncho sprinto.

    Favourites 11th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Caleb Ewan, Arnaud Démare, Mark Cavendish
    :*:*:*:* Fernando Gaviria
    :*:*:* Phil Bauhaus, Cees Bol, Mattheu van der Poel, Biniam Girmay
    :*:* Giacomo Nizzolo, Simoni Consonni, Alberto Dainese
    :* Ed Theuns, Sacha Modolo, David Cimolai

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    there's quite a bit of wind actually. Tailwind most of the day (so it should be over quickly at least), but full crosswind on exposed terrain for most of the final 20k. Hopefully enough to spice things up a bit
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    https://twitter.com/wielerman/status/1526634722302074882


    He was supposed to take the cork out, but instead gets taken out by the cork.
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    there's quite a bit of wind actually. Tailwind most of the day (so it should be over quickly at least), but full crosswind on exposed terrain for most of the final 20k. Hopefully enough to spice things up a bit

    OK,  so far I haven't ever seen a giro stage on the Po plains feature 1 gust of wind, so I will not believe it until I see it but.... 20 km of x-wind is perfect for a midweek stage.
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    yeah, no idea how accurate it is, but this is what Windy came up with at least



    (the little white stripes are normally animated wind arrows)
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    I didn't see much of this stage so can't comment.

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    Stage 12: Parma – Genova 202 km
    Thursday, May 19th, 11:50 CET

    Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia is a race of just over 200 kilometres. After cresting three peaks in the second half of the route the finale is a flat run-in of some 20 kilometers into Genoa. The RCS claim this is a challenging stage across the Apennines. The route ascends steadily with very mild gradients from Parma, along the Taro river valley, entering Liguria through the uncomplicated Passo del Bocco. The route then tackles the Colletta di Boasi and the Valico di Trensasco, which contains difficult gradients, but is far from the finish.

    The Giro visited Genoa for the last time in 2015. It was a flat stage that culminated in a bunch sprint, won by Elia Viviani. At least this time, the finish will not involve the dangers of a large bunch traveling through the city at high speed.


    Climb:


    Final kms
    After taking the motorway, the route crosses the San Giorgio bridge and takes the Genova Ovest exit (passing through a few tunnels), merging onto the Aldo Moro flyover up to the ‑2 km mark. Over the last 2 km, the road is straight, wide and well paved, slightly uphill, and with only one bend at the red triangle. The stage homes in on tarmac road, at approx. 2%.



    What to Expect:

    A few teams have riders who have been waiting for this one. The climbs are relatively easy, but should prove too much for the fast men to be too interested. On paper a chance for fast strongmen, while a successful breakaway is also an option.

    Favourites 12th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia
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    :*:*:*:*:* Mathieu van der Poel
    :*:*:*:* Lennard Kämna, Mauro Schmid
    :*:*:* Vincenzo Albanese, Arnaud Demare, Valerio Conti, Stefano Oldani
    :*:* Alessandro Covi, Attila Valter, Andrea Vendrame
    :* Giacomo Nizzolo, Davide Ballerini, Edward Theuns
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    Stefano Oldani  #alpecin secured his first professional career win with victory on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia, becoming the second Italian rider in as many days to win at their home Grand Tour.
    The intense pace of the opening 60km made it difficult for anyone to truly open up some distance. It wasn't until a group containing 22 riders attacked that a gap was created.
    Lorenzo Rota  #iwg won the second king of mountains sprint to La Colletta with 50km left in the race, with the peloton's gap back staying steady around the five-minute mark.

    Stefano Oldani and Gijs Leemreize  #jumbo decided to follow Rota and thus the winning move was formed. Oldani out sprinted Rosa in the battle for the line.


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    Stage 13: Sanremo – Cuneo 150 km
    Friday, May 20th, 13:20 CET

    After tackling one single climb, the Colle di Nava, (GPM3, 10.4 km at 6.6%) in the first part of the route, the stage takes a long ride through the Cuneo plain, as the route just slowly goes down a valley.



    As soon as the stage hits the lowlands, the main obstacles will be the ones typically found in urban areas. with one remaining bump on the road which comes at the second intermediate sprint in S.Michele di Mondovì: an uncategorized ramp with just 5% average for a couple of kms.



    The Climb.



    Final kms
    The final kilometres are raced on wide, straight and well-paved urban roads, with a few roundabouts along the route. At the entrance of the old town, the riders will ride on flagstone for 800 metres, before taking in the last km. The home straight is on tarmac road, with an average 2.5% gradient.




    What to expect:

    The question remains whether or not any teams see a benefit to drop pure sprinters on the Colle di Nava and to spend energy during the following 100 kilometres to prevent them from regaining contact.
    So, the breakaway can make it, thanks to the Colle di Nava, but there is definitely enough room for the peloton to reel them back. Take your pick.

    Favourites 13th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Arnaud Démare
    :*:*:*:* Fernando Gaviria, Giacomo Nizzolo, Matthew van der Poel
    :*:*:* Alberto Dainese, Simoni Consonni
    :*:* Mark Cavendish, Phil Bauhaus
    :*  Cees Bol, Davide Ballerini, Edward Theuns
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    Stage 14: Santena – Torino 147 km
    Saturday, May 21st, 13:00 CET

    Another stage that has been radically altered since the route presentation, but this time it remains one of the more eagerly anticipated, as it's a short but intense stage, which leaves little time for the riders to catch their breath. The 14th stage on the Giro is a circuit race through the hills east of Turin. The amount of climbing adds up to 3,000 metres and the finale is on a descent.



    The opening kilometres from Santena to the foot of the first climb are the only flat stretch of the stage. The climbing begins with the 4 kilometres ascent at 7% up to Il Pilonetto and after 60 kilometres they enter the circuit via a modest climb. The route ascends from Rivodora to Superga, taking in two laps of a 36.4‑km circuit that includes climbs up to Superga and the Colle della Maddalena. The former is 5 km long, with gradients hovering around 10%, and topping out at 14%. The latter is much shorter; it winds its way along a narrow road across the woods, with maximum 20% gradients.



    Final kms
    After clearing the Colle della Maddalena, the route drops into Valsalice, with some challenging bits as it passes through urban areas. The gradients then go up again, up to Parco del Nobile. The last 4 km run entirely downhill, mostly on narrow roads. The road then opens out past the last kilometre, in urban Torino, and levels out with approx. 700 m to go. The home straight is on tarmac road.




    The Climbs.





    What to Expect:

    If last weekend's circuit was anything to go by, then there will be fireworks. This stage has the potential to be more impactful on the GC than tomorrow's mountain stage. It also offers the opportunity of a breakaway win, so expect a big one. The RCS may well need extra cameras. (which they duly won't provide)
    It stands to reason that the best climbers and descenders who do not feature in the GC, will feature in this stage's finale.

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    :*:*:*:*:* Lennard Kämna, Bauke Mollema
    :*:*:*:* Vincenzo Nibali, Wout Poels, Koen Bouwman
    :*:*:* Davide Formolo, Magnus Cort, Mauri Vansevenant
    :*:* Diego Ulissi, Mauro Schmid, Attila Valter
    :* Ben Tulett, David de la Cruz
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    here's also the interactive profile from Raffi:



    Should be a fun stage, as long as we don't see too much waiting for the mountains tomorrow. Not sure it'll go to the break at all, as I don't see too many guys suited (as Yates may struggle in the heat again, and I see Kämna or the Trek guys more likely to stay with their leaders), but if so, I'd add #iwg Lorenzo Rota. Looked superb the other day, and on paper it's not much harder than San Sebastian, I'd say.
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    This weekend is my only hope for a good live Giro stage. :P

    So far it's been TT - Sprint - Sprint - Rest Day and naturally next week it will be the sprint on Thursday....
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    Simon Yates #bikeexchange won the sixth Giro d'Italia stage of his career with a late attack on an epic stage 14 in Turin.
    Simply too much happened to condense into any short write up. If you haven't yet seen it, seek it out.

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    Carapaz can't have been too pleased to be isolated so early on in the stage. The one silver lining for him though is that his doms will be fresh to keep a tight lid on things tomorrow.
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    Stage 15: Rivarolo Canavese – Cogne 177 km
    Sunday, May 22nd, 12:15 CET

    The first real Alpine stage is played out in the Valle d'Aosta. The 177 kilometres route sets off from Rivarolo Canavese, then takes in three long consecutive ascents, to finish in Cogne after a climb of 22.4 kilometres. These climbs are on wide and well-paved roads, with a number of hairpins in-between. Both is followed by a fast-running descent.



    Once the flag has been dropped the riders race towards Ivrea, where they turn north to follow the Dora Baltea river upstream. The first 57 km of this stage are mostly flat going along the valley. At 86 km to go, the first climb of the day starts and there will barely be any flat to be found until the end of the stage. After the second climb, the route returns to exactly the same spot where it began – in Aymavilles. After crossing the Dora Baltea again the route continues in the valley of the Torrente Grand’Eyvia and the climb to Cogne.
    The Climbs:

    Pila-Les Fleurs: GPM1, 12.3 km at 6.9%. 30 years absent from the Giro.


    Verrogne: GPM1, 13.8 km at 7.1%. Included in the 2019 edition.


    Cogne: GPM1, 22.4 km at 4.3%. Hard at the start but little more than a false flat for the last 10kms.


    Final kms
    Over the last 4 km, from the centre of Cogne (with a short stretch of flagstone) all the way to the finish, the gradient hovers around 2.5% (kicking up a little just outside Cogne). The home straight is 300 m long, on tarmac road.



    What to expect:

    An elevation gain of almost 4,000 metres and an uphill finish would suggest it to be a day for the GC, especially as a rest day follows.
    However, the finishing gradients are very moderate and the weekend GC battle has already taken place.
    So the breakaway is more of a straightforward choice, with those with the best legs, to come to the fore over the initial climbs and the guy with the best kick, to take the win.

    Favourites 15th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia
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    :*:*:*:*:* Bauke Mollema, Thomas De Gendt
    :*:*:*:* Davide Formolo, Wout Poels, Koen Bouwman, Lennard Kämna
    :*:*:* Guillaume Martin, Rein Taaramäe, Santiago Buitrago
    :*:* Tobias Foss, Giulio Ciccone, Sam Ooman
    :* Wilco Kelderman, Diego Rosa, Mauri Vansevenant, The GC.
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    must be at least 4 stars for Konovalovas, after this unreal performance today! ;)

    “I was feeling great today, and I don’t know why”, he said later, before trying to justify it: “It must be the wine and the pizza from last night! It was not planned for me to go in the break, but the fight was long and in the first climb, I started to move up. I wanted to take Attila with me, but I lost him and found myself in front. The favorite teams were in control, but I thought: why not try? It wasn’t even an attack, I just paced up, and then I found myself with eleven riders in the front”.

    [...] he was the last rider from the initial breakaway to let the GC group go, about two kilometres from the top of Superga. He then maintained his effort in some other chasing groups, and he crossed the line about sixty kilometres further in twenty-second position. “After being dropped from the pink jersey group, I stayed with Guillaume Martin to go even further,” he said. “Then Alejandro Valverde came back, and I took the wheel again to go as close as possible to the finish. I just took it a bit easier in the last fifteen kilometres, because to be 18th or 40th doesn’t change much for me”.


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    the more I think about, the less reasons I see for Bora not to keep going what they started yesterday, by the way. Hindley looked best, guys like Almeida and Landa ready to crack spectacularly, and tomorrow is a rest day anyway. This could very well turn into a GC day again
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    Stage 16: Salò – Aprica 202 km
    Tuesday, May 24th, 11:00 CET

    Straight after the final rest day, comes the queen stage. Across the Alps, with over 5,000 m vertical altitude gain, over four intermediate climbs to a downhill finish in Aprica. The last time the Giro finished in Aprica was seven years ago, when Mikel Landa won the stage ahead of Steven Kruijswijk and Alberto Contador.



    The race kicks into gear in Salò on Lake Garda and enters the first climb after 30kms, Goletto di Cadino, better known as Passo Crocedomini shortly leaving the shores of Lake Idro. At the bottom, the route will keep heading north along the Valcamonica for a little over 30 kms. After reaching the town of Edolo, the second climb of the day, the mythical Passo del Mortirolo (GPM1, 12.6 km at 7.6%) starts, albeit from the easier ascent. After descending to Mazzo and a section in the valley of the Adda river the short climb to Teglio appears. Then back into the valley to tackle the Passo di Santa Cristina. This is a climb on a very narrow road with the gradients constantly hovering around 10% in the last 5 kilometres.



    The Climbs:


    Legend has it that the pass was named after a fierce battle that took place there in AD 773, when Charlemagne crossed swords with the Lombard military, which had been defeated in the battle of Pavia. The Carolingian army chased and found them by the pass, killing hundreds of enemy troops. The mountain was hence named Mortarolo (after ‘morte’, meaning ‘death’) and, centuries later, Mortirolo.

    The climb passed into cycling legend on June 3, 1990.
    The ascent was from Edolo, and Venezuela’s Leonardo Sierra, first to the summit, eventually took the stage.



    Then came 1994, the year when both the Mortirolo and Marco Pantani – two matching, twin stories –ultimately became legends.
    June 5 was the day of the Merano-Aprica stage, with the Stelvio, Mortirolo and Santa Cristina climbs scheduled in order.
    The Pirate, who was only 24 at that time, attacked along the punishing slopes of the second climb, at over 60 kilometres out.
    He dropped Indurain, Bugno, Chiappucci and the Maglia Rosa Berzin, soloing over the top. He waited for Indurain in the flat stretch before the final ascent, where he took off again – this time for good – dashing to the line to take stage victory and the second place on GC. In 2006, a sculpture was placed at the 8th kilometre of the Mortirolo to commemorate that accomplishment.



    The Passo (or Valico) di Santa Cristina also featured in that stage, the Merano-Aprica stage of 1994.
    On that day, this iconic climb first featured in the route of the Giro d’Italia and a virtually unknown Marco Pantani took centre stage for the first time.



    Final Kms.

    The descent from the Valico di Santa Cristina to the ‑1,500 m marker is highly technical, on narrow road and with sharp gradients. In the closing stretch, the route rises steadily at around 3% all the way to the finish (on tarmac). The run-in to Aprica is relatively easy.




    What to expect:

    A hard fight to get into a large breakaway. Probably Ineos to do the lion's share of the graft in the peloton, while the multi-cols work the wearing down process.
    Very unlikely that the GC battle will commence before the final climb. Very likely someone will come a cropper on the final descent. Probably some large time gaps on GC.

    Favourites 16th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Richard Carapaz, Jai Hindley
    :*:*:*:* Mikel Landa, Simon Yates
    :*:*:* João Almeida, Pello Bilbao, Domenico Pozzovivo
    :*:* Giulio Ciccone, Vincenzo Nibali, Emmanuel Buchmann
    :* Wilco Kelderman, Hugh Carthy, Alejandro Valverde
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    a bit of a shame that they use this soft side of Mortirolo, but should hopefully still be a good start of a very hard final week.

    Hopefully without major tv blackouts :lll. The forecast doesn't look quite as sunny as the last couple of days...
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     I must admit that I thought the gaps between the GC men would be significant on this stage, but the climbs were so hard there was much effort put in, just to survive the day.

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    Stage 17: Ponte di Legno – Lavarone 168 km
    Wednesday, May 25th, 12:30 CET

    Stage 17 and another 4 col mountain stage, this time over 168kms. It starts by going immediately uphill, before 70 kms of mostly downhill. It's followed by 40kms of constantly rolling terrain, before hitting the big finishing climbs. Another finish after a downhill, albeit short.



    Ponte di Legno saw its last stage finish three editions ago. At the end of a hard race in freezing, wet weather Giulio Ciccone outsprinted Jan Hirt on the line. After the Passo del Tonale, they continue through the Val di Sole and the Val di Non. After crossing the Adige, the route ascends to Palù di Giovo, passing through the Valle dei Mocheni and reaching Pergine Valsugana to tackle the two closing climbs. The Giro drops down to Caldanazo. After the Menador the route continues to climb at shallow gradients for a few kilometres before a descent leads to the slightly uphill home straight at Lavarone.



    The Climbs:

    Passo del Tonale: 8.7 km at 6.4%

    Giovo: GPM3, 5.9 km at 6.8%


    Passo del Vetriolo: GPM1, 11.8 km at 7.7%


    Monte Rovere: GPM1, 7.9 km at 9.9%
    Never used before in the Giro and constructed by the Austrian military.




    Final kms
    After the KOM and a short descent, the route goes up again, until the -4 km marker, and then drops down once more on wide track. The final 700 metres run on a slight incline. The finish sits on tarmac.




    What to expect:
    With an unofficial rest day to follow and opportunities running out, this stage looks ripe for a pink battle and no doubt that blue jersey candidates will also fight it, most likely from a doomed break.

    Favourites 17th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Richard Carapaz Jai Hindley
    :*:*:*:* Simon Yates, Mikel Landa
    :*:*:* Joao Almeida, Domenico Pozzovivo
    :*:* Emmanuel Buchmann, Wilco Kelderman, Hugh Carthy, Pello Bilbao, Rein Taramaae
    :* Giulio Ciccone, Bauke Mollema, Koen Bouwman, Lennard Kämna, Alessandro de Marchi, Thomas de Gendt
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