Giro d’Italia 2022: Who rides? How can I watch it on TV? Can Britain’s Simon Yates win the maglia rosa?


WHEN IS THE 2022 GIRO D’ITALIA?

The wait is almost over: the first Grand Tour of 2022 kicks off on Friday May 6 with the first of three stages in Hungary before La Corsa Rosa makes its way to the Italian mainland via a stopover on the island of Sicily. The 105th edition will culminate with a time trial in Verona on Sunday May 29.

WHO RIDES?

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Former champions Tao Geoghegan Hart, Richard Carapaz, Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali are among the most notable names on the provisional starting list of 176 riders for the Giro.

Italian veteran Nibali, 2013 and 2016 champion, will co-lead Astana-Qazaqstan alongside Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez; Dumoulin, the 2017 Dutch winner, is making his first Grand Tour appearance for Jumbo-Visma since his DNF in the 2020 Vuelta and subsequent sabbatical; while 2019 and 2020 champions Carapaz and Geoghegan Hart are part of a long Ineos Grenadiers list which also includes (at least, for now) young British talent, Tom Pidcock.

A more likely push to become Britain’s third winner in five years will come from Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco), who finished third last year and came two days from overall victory in 2018, only to lose the pink jersey on the day Chris Froome launched his now legendary solo attack on the Colle delle Finestre.

Simon Yates jubelt über seinen Tageserfolg auf der 19. Stage of the Giro d’Italia

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Frenchman Romain Bardet (Team DSM) is hoping to capitalize on his recent Tour of the Alps triumph, while Bahrain Victorious has two real contenders in Spanish duo Mikel Landa and Pello Bilbao. The podiums alongside 2020 champion Geoghegan Hart, Australian Jai Hindley and Dutchman Wilco Kelderman will co-manage a strong Bora-Hansgrohe team that also includes German pair Emanuel Buchmann and Lennard Kamna.

Other underdogs to consider include Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Briton Hugh Carthy and Colombian Esteban Chaves (both EF Education-EasyPost), versatile Portuguese Joao Almeida and Italian Davide Formolo (both UAE Team Emirates), the experienced Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), and his Italian compatriot Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo).

Dutch classics specialist Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) is set to make his Giro debut while the great Hungarian partenza will be a huge motivation for rising Groupama-FDJ star Attila Valter.

Mathieu Van Der Poel from the Netherlands and the Alpecin-Fenix ​​team celebrate

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Breakaway specialists Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), Lilian Calmejane (Ag2R-Citroen), Alessandro De Marchi (Israel-Premier Tech) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo ) will have planned several stages to stretch their legs, in the company of punchers like Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane).

In the battle for the ciclamino jersey, rocket-pocketed Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) leads a strong field of sprinters which also includes Briton Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) , Italians Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech), Elia Viviani (Ineos Grenadiers), Alberto Dainese (Team DSM), Davide Cimolai (Cofidis) and Sacha Modolo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane), Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates ), Eritrean Grand Tour beginner Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), Dutchman Cees Bol (Team DSM) and versatile Dane Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost).

HOW CAN I WATCH THE GIRO ON TV?

Each stage will be broadcast in its entirety on Eurosport, discovery+ and GCN+, by The Breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui and Dan Lloyd. Rob Hatch and Hannah Walker will be in the commentary box with regular contributions from pundits Robbie McEwen, Sean Kelly and Adam Blythe, with Bradley Wiggins doing his thing on the back of a motorbike.

WHO WON THE MAGLIA ROSA LAST YEAR?

Colombian Egan Bernal became the third Ineos Grenadiers or Team Sky rider to win the maglia rosa in four years after a dominating performance, taking two stage wins along the way. A slight wobble on the penultimate stage almost opened the door again for Italian veteran Damiano Caruso, but Bernal held on to take the spoils by 1:29 over his Bahrain counterpart Victorious, Briton Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) completing the podium.

Slovak Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the maglia ciclamino, Frenchman Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2R-Citroën) won the polka dot jersey and Bernal also doubled the white jersey on his Giro debut. The race ended with emphatic time trial victories for Filippo Ganna of Ineos Grenadiers, one of three riders alongside teammate Bernal and sprinter Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to take two stage wins.

“He did it in style! – Watch the final moments as Bernal wins the Giro

WHAT IS THE ROUTE FOR 2022?

Starting in Budapest and ending in Verona after climbing the boot of Italy from Sicily, the Giro d’Italia 2022 route offers something for everyone. Six sprint stages, six hilly stages, two time trials and six mountain stages – including finishes at the top of Etna, Blockhaus and Marmolada – make this a balanced, versatile and rigorous course.

After three days in Hungary and two in Sicily, the riders head north towards the usual high altitude clashes in the Alps and Dolomites before a final day time trial in Verona. Contested over 3,410 kilometers and comprising a total of 51,000 meters of elevation gain, the course favors attacking riders who are strong both against the clock and uphill.

Stage 1: Budapest – Visegrad, 195km, flat
Stage 2: Budapest – Budapest, 9.2 km, ITT
Stage 3: Kaposvar – Balatonfured, 201km, flat
Rest day: Avola, Monday 9 May
Stage 4: Avola – Etna (Rif. Sapienza), 166km, mountain
Stage 5: Catania – Messina, 172km, flat
Stage 6: Palmi – Scalea (Riviera dei Cedri), 192km, flat
Stage 7: Diamante – Potenza, 198km, intermediate
Stage 8: Naples – Naples, 149km, hilly
Stage 9: Isernia – Blockhaus, 187km, mountain
Rest day: Pescara, Monday 16 Pescara
Stage 10: Pescara – Jesi, 194km, hilly
Stage 11: Santarcangelo di Romagna – Reggio Emilia, 201km, flat
Stage 12: Parma – Genoa, 186 km, intermediate
Stage 13: Sanremo – Cuneo, 157km, flat
Stage 14: Santena – Turin, 153km, mountain
Stage 15: Rivarolo Canavese – Cogne, 177km, mountain
Rest: Salo, Monday May 23
Stage 16: Salo – Aprica, 200km, mountain
Stage 17: Ponti di Legno – Lavarone, 165km, mountain
Stage 18: Borgo Valsugana – Treviso, 146km, flat
Stage 19: Marano Lagunare – Santuario di Castelmonte, 178km, mountain
Stage 20: Belluno – Marmolada (Passo Fedaia), 167km, mountain
Stage 21: Verona – Verona, 17.1 km, ITT

WHO WILL WIN THE MAJOR JERSEYS?

Refreshingly, there doesn’t seem to be an absolute favorite for the maglia rosa, which should ensure exciting and unpredictable races over the three weeks. Richard Carapaz, Simon Yates, Alejandro Valverde, Tom Dumoulin, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Vincenzo Nibali all know what it’s like to win a Grand Tour – although it will be difficult to assess their condition until we see how they are doing in this first confrontation at the top of the mountain. Etna in stage 5.

After crashing out last year, Mikel Landa may feel he’s never had a better chance of winning a three-week stage race – although Romain Bardet, Wilco Kelderman, Miguel Angel Lopez and Pello Bilbao might also feel the same thing.

Veterans Nibali and Valverde are probably too old to be a serious factor in the three weeks, while there are serious question marks over Dumoulin and Geoghegan Hart since their first and last Grand Tour victories. That would leave the smart money on a pink jersey battle between Olympic champion Carapaz and Britain’s Yates, with Landa and Lopez possibly joining the party provided they can avoid touching the deck and, in the Colombian’s case , limit its losses on the two short times. trials.

Richard Carapaz is lifted by his Movistar teammates after winning the Giro d’Italia 2019

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Bardet and Bilbao’s form in the Tour des Alpes suggests they shouldn’t be ignored; both riders will be aiming for a top five or maybe even the podium, ditto Joao Almeida, who finished sixth last year and fourth on his 2020 debut.

In the sprints, Caleb Ewan looks the strongest by far – and his Lotto Soudal side need the wins if they are to avoid relegation from the WorldTour. It will be interesting to see if MM. Gaviria and Demare can find their way back to Grand Tour victory, while a first Giro stage win since 2013 for Mark Cavendish would bolster his slim chance of making Quick-Step’s Tour squad. .

Italy’s Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo) looks like a good horse to back for the polka dot jersey, with Australia’s Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) and Germany’s Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) to watch. For the white jersey, Joao Almeida (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) has the advantage over teammate Andrea Baglioli and potential debutant Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers).

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IS THERE A WOMEN’S RACE?

Yes, but not at the same time as the men’s race. The 33rd edition of the Giro d’Italia Donne – formerly known as the Giro Rosa – will take place later in the summer. Starting in Cagliari on Thursday June 30 and ending in Padua on Sunday July 10, the longest stage race on the women’s calendar will take place over 10 stages over a 1002.6 km course which includes forays into the Apennines, the Alps and the Dolomites.

Following the retirement of defending champion and four-time winner Anna van der Breggen, all eyes will be on fellow Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten, a back-to-back winner in 2018/19, as the Movistar veteran bids his way to a third title. in a race that is back on the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar after last year’s criticized downgrade to Tier 2.Pro status.

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