Giro d’Italia 2022 – Luge, great percentages and final at high altitude: the 7 stages not to be missed

Friday 13 May – 7th stage: Diamante-Potenza (196 km)

We will have to wait a week of racing to witness the “very” difficult first stage of this Giro d’Italia. But this 7th mid-mountain lift will not have the minimum flat meter after km 10. And with four climbs and over 4000m of altitude difference, the slightest moment of weakness will be very expensive on this sled in Basilicata.

Especially in the terrible ascent of Monte Grande di Viggiano (6.6km at 9.1%), with its passages at 15%. While there are more than 60km to the top, it’s no surprise to see the race unleashed completely so far from the finish line. And to use a well-known cycling cliché: the race probably won’t be won that day, but it can clearly be lost.

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Profile of the 7th stage of the 2022 Giro

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Sunday 15 May – 9th stage: Isernia-Blockhaus (191 km)

It is time for the first real summit. Even if the passage through the ramps of Etna will have been there on the 4th day, the Blockhaus is a climb to a whole new level. Much more difficult (13.6km at 8.4%), but fairly regular in its central part with almost 8km at more than 10%, it will necessarily be offered to a pure climber and will create significant gaps. Especially since we will reach the end of the first full week of racing.

In 2017, a Nairo Quintana at the top of his game took off there, taking 24 ” from Thibaut Pinot and future winner, Tom Dumoulin. The 5th stage had been postponed by one minute. And this time it will be necessary to climb the Lanciano Pass in advance (10.3km at 7.6%), just to tire the organisms a little more. At the top of this Apennine colossus, we will know more about the candidates for the pink jersey.

The profile of the 9th stage of the 2022 Giro

Credit: from the official website

Saturday 21 May – 14th stage: Santena-Turin (147 km)

It’s probably not the scariest stage on paper, but the favorites shouldn’t underestimate it. Already difficult in its first part, this fourteenth work will be played above all in the final circuit around Turin that the riders will cover twice, with the terrible climbs of Superga and Colle della Maddalena.

The first, known for having been the justice of the peace of Milan-Turin in recent years, offers 5km at 8.6% while the second, found by the organizers, is a real wall: its 3.5km at 8 , 1% official are actually hiding 2 km at 11.6%, with a passage at 20%.

The type of horror that RCS loves to bring to light and that often gives a memorable show, like on the Tirreno-Adriatico. Of course, the 15th stage will offer high mountains in the direction of Cogne, but the interminable and fluctuating final (22.4 km at 4.3% of which 13 km at 3% at the finish) could instead encourage the leaders to move on Saturday. They would be wrong to deprive themselves of it.

The profile of the 14th stage of the 2022 Giro

Credit: from the official website

Tuesday 24 May – Stage 16: Salo-Aprica (202 km)

Leaders will have to recover well from the last day of rest. Because the program for this recovery is terrible, from all points of view. The second longest stage of this Giro d’Italia offers riders a series of mostly unknown passes, including the Goletto di Cadino (19.9 km at 6.2%), an irregular and difficult climb. If Mortirolo is a classic, it is crossed by its simplest side (12.6km at 7.6%) as in 2017, leaving the role of “monster” at the Valico di Santa Cristina.

With its 13.5 km at 8%, but above all 6.5 km at more than 10% and an arrival in Aprica just 6 km from its summit, this climb offers an ideal playground for the favorites. Provided you have digested the rest day and the three previous climbs, including the unlisted one on the Teglio (5km at 8.7%), placed just before that of the Valico di Santa Cristina. A terrible sequence.

The profile of the 16th stage of the 2022 Giro

Credit: from the official website

Wednesday 25th – 17th stage: Ponte di Legno-Lavarone (168 km)

If the stage is generally simpler than the day before, in its last kilometers it recalls that of Aprica with one last monster on the trampoline before a final on a false plane. This time the riders will discover Menador, a climb of 7.9 km at 9.9%, without respite, gradually more difficult and with passes at 15%.

If it is not a long pass, nor at high altitude (1261m), it will surely be one of the hardest climbs of this Giro, if not THE most difficult. So much so as to create considerable gaps, with the summit 8 km from the finish and the ascent of the Passo del Vetriolo (11.8 km at 7.7%), a few kilometers before. It will also be necessary to be wary of the climb from the cold start of the Passo del Tonale, which could cause unexpected damage.

The profile of the 17th stage of the 2022 Giro

Credit: from the official website

Saturday 28 May – 20th stage: Belluno-Marmolada Passo Fedaia (168 km)

On paper it is the queen stage of this 105th edition of the Giro d’Italia with the great triptych of the Dolomites. We have to wait for the last mountain stage, on the eve of the finish line, to overcome the 2000 m altitude threshold. But the group will go through it twice.

If you remember the route and the fireworks of the 20th stage last year, this penultimate work is actually more difficult, due to its more demanding route in the first half and its more complicated transitions to negotiate. Passo San Pellegrino (18.5km at 6.2%) will be the first big piece of the day, with a very irregular and increasingly difficult climb to finish with over 5km at 9% (max 15%) at the top, placed at 87 km from the finish.

With a rapid descent and a passage of about fifteen kilometers on a slight slope, which it is important not to tackle alone, the runners will face the regular Passo Pordoi (11.8 km at 6.8%), the Cima Coppi of this Giro, in to dive for a long descent (31 km) towards Caprile and at the foot of the last climb towards the Marmolada and Passo Fedaia: a climb of 14 km at 7.6%, initially quite undulating in the first part, before offering terrible percentages with 5.4 km at more than 10% to finish. What gives climbers one last chance to make a small nest egg before the last time.

The profile of the 20th stage of the Giro 2022

Credit: from the official website

Sunday 29 May – 21st stage: Verona-Verona (17.4 km, individual time trial)

The time trial has a particularly low mileage (only 26.6 km) in this Giro d’Italia. But it should still be of fundamental importance in the race for the pink jersey. Especially if the differences are not too great on the evening of the 20th stage.

The time trial in Verona – a perfect copy of that of the 2019 Giro – is certainly not very long, but it does involve a small climb (about 4km at 5%). Consequence: it should still create gaps between a big roller like Joao Almeida and pure climbers like Romain Bardet or Richard Carapaz. However, it would be surprising if they lost more than a minute. Three years ago Mikel Landa lost 57 ” to the winner and 48 ” to Damiano Caruso for example. But in the event of a tight ranking, the Veronese time trial could change everything …

The profile of the 21st stage of the 2022 Giro

Credit: from the official website

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