Giro 2022 – The favorites of the Giro d’Italia 2022 are being examined, from Richard Carapaz to Romain Bardet via Mikel Landa

In the absence of Tadej Pogacar, above all, but also of Primoz Roglic and even of Jonas Vingegaard, the 105th Giro promises to be very open. If Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) is the logical favorite, the Ecuadorian does not seem untouchable for his opponents and there will be many. At the forefront will be Romain Bardet (Team DSM), recent Tour of the Alps winner, but also Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious).

Riccardo Carapaz

  • Country: Ecuador
  • Team: INEOS Grenadiers
  • Age: 28 years old
  • 3rd item
  • Best result: 1st (2019)

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He still has a few years ahead of him but Richard Carapaz has a second chance to make history in this Giro d’Italia 2022. Never in history has an Olympic champion won a grand tour the year immediately following his OJ title. Beyond the historical aspect, his overall success, if it really happened, would fall within a certain logic. Because if he has lived through lesser moments, “Richie” has established himself for three years as one of the best riders of the grand tours.

Riccardo Carapaz

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Winner of the 2019 Giro, somewhat to everyone’s surprise, the leader of INEOS Grenadiers pushed Roglic to the limit on the 2020 Vuelta before becoming the third man of the Tour in 2021. His candidacy, already solid, could have something in it even more depth if his own start to the season had not been average (abandonment in Bessèges, in Provence and on the Tyrrhenian Sea). He hasn’t been running from a very good Tour of Catalonia (2nd), so it will be cool. Last argument in favor of him, a very strong INEOS formation (Porte, Sivakov, Narvaez, Castroviejo …)

Romain Bardet

  • Country FRANCE
  • Team: DSM team
  • Age: 31 years old
  • 2nd entry
  • Best result: 7th (2021)

Four in the 21st century have triumphed in the Giro delle Alpi before being crowned in the Giro d’Italia. From Gilberto Simoni (2003) to Vincenzo Nibali (2013) passing through Damiano Cunego (2004) and Michele Scarponi (2011), Romain Bardet has some examples to follow even if they start today. In the bonus fight against Pello Bilbao, the Frenchman blew up the Spaniard in the last stage to reclaim a general classification, nine years after the last (Tour de l’Ain 2013).

No one around Lienz could follow him among the headliners of this Giro. Neither Bilbao, nor Lopez, nor Landa. The Frenchman, joined by Thymen Arensman, his brilliant teammate, was untouchable. What will happen after leaving Budapest? The 25 short kilometers in total give him an advantage and a complicated third week should give pride of place to his recovery qualities. Better, he promised in our show Bistrot Vélo to be “sure of his strength”. What to consider an exceptional Giro? Hope is frankly allowed.

Mikel Landa

  • Country: Spain
  • Team: Bahrain-Vittoria
  • Age: 32 years old
  • 7th participation
  • Best result: 3rd (2015)

Would you take a dose of “Landismo” again? On every major tour he participates in, Mikel Landa is accompanied by a cohort of fans who adore his audacity as well as being moved by the misfortune that seems to haunt him. On the ground and then at home from the 5th stage last year, the Basque was unable to defend his chances. He seems to be moving away from his good years, but since he’s Landa, his supporters still believe in him.

In Bahrain, however, it may just be the second option behind Pello Bilbao as its current form is in doubt. Third in the Tyrrhenian Sea where he made a good impression, Landa did not shine in the general classification of the Alps but he worked a lot there for Bilbao. However, when he completes a great lap, he is never far from the podium. If you are a fan of Landa, pray that luck be with him and he can start the race …

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Joao Almeida

  • Country: Portugal
  • Team: United Arab Emirates
  • Age: 23 years old
  • 3rd item
  • Best result: 4th (2020)

This is a very interesting case. Joao Almeida will start his third big tour this Friday and his third … Giro. It also turned out to be the largest number on the roads of the 2020 Giro d’Italia during which he wore the pink jersey from the 2nd to … 18th stage. A fanfare that began before a complicated last week in 2021, the mirror effect of the previous year. Also at Quick-Step, the Portuguese had lost a lot of time from the fourth day before making a great comeback in the last week (6th overall).

Joao Almeida

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Left for the UAE to progress (and earn more money), the protégé of hugely influential agent Jorge Mendes has the freedom this year as he won’t help Tadej Pogacar at the Tour de France. For his short-term future in the Emirati team, Almeida would do well to shine this May because Ayuso, McNulty or Soler can or will even have their eyes high on the big tours in the months and years to come. . Excellent driver, this time he will not have this advantage but Almeida has shown he can shine even in the high mountains.

Miguel Angelo Lopez

  • Country: Colombia
  • Team: Astana Qazaqstan
  • Age: 28 years old
  • 4th participation
  • Best result: 3rd (2018)

Miguel Angel Lopez and the big tours, it’s kind of like “I love you, neither do I.” After six consecutive top ten finishes (from the 2017 Vuelta to the 2020 Tour de France), we envisioned him as a potential, if not probable, winner someday. From ? Nothing remained with three retirements, the last of which was incredible on the eve of the arrival of the Tour of Spain and when he saw his place on the podium sacrificed by his then team, Movistar.

“Superman” returns to Astana, the team that launched him among the “bigs” and there will be freedom unless Nibali is in excellent shape, which we can doubt. Despite having taken away a success from the recent Giro delle Alpi, under the nose and beard of Thibaut Pinot, Lopez had warned that this was only a “stage” for him. Does he have the right pace from Hungary? The mystery remains intact. If so, his climbing skills, perhaps the best on the plateau, make him a favorite, of course, but he will have to last for three weeks.

Simone Yates

  • Country: Great Britain
  • Team: BikeExchange – Jayco
  • Age: 29
  • 5th participation
  • Best result: 3rd (2021)

What to think of the 2022 version of Simon Yates? Like his Tour of Asturias where he has blown hot (two stage wins in three days) and cold (2nd stage failure), the Brit has alternated between good and bad since his recovery in mid-February. Without a Wout Van Aert of the big days, he could have overthrown Primoz Roglic in the last stage of the Paris-Nice which he won but abandoned the Tour of Catalonia a few days later due to illness. In short, difficult to see clearly.

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Yet the memory of his third week of the 2021 Giro is persistent. Rejected to 5th place overall after the terrible stage in Cortina, Yates had worn his blaster clothes to get back on the podium (3rd overall) by conquering the stage of Alpe di Mera. The former Vuelta winner had never really confirmed his potential in the three weeks before 2021. Who knows what he has in store for us in 2022?


  • Country: Spain
  • Team: Bahrain-Vittoria
  • Age: 32 years old
  • 6th item
  • Best result: 5th (2020)

Can Pello Bilbao do it? He has long been confined to a squad role in his various squads, but the Basque is gaining momentum within a Bahrain-Victorious that once again relies on Mikel Landa. But if in the past the management would have returned entirely to the latter, the Bilbao curriculum speaks for him. Success at the Tour des Alpes would have allowed him to gain even more confidence, but on the last day he collapsed.

In this match, Bilbao is too strong for Bardet

However, his start to the 2022 season is in his image: with great regularity. Third in the UAE Tour, ahead of Vlasov or Almeida, 9th in the Tyrrhenian Sea and still 5th in the Tour of the Basque Country, the 32-year-old took the prize. We immediately notice that a final success would be a big surprise, but seeing Bilbao on the podium will not be a surprise. Also for him the absence of long lead times is good.

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