Tour of Italy – Simon Yates the 2nd stage, Van der Poel is 2nd and in Pink!

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Disputed in Budapest in the form of a 9.2 kilometer time trial, the 2nd stage of the Tour of Italy was won this Saturday by the Briton Simon Yates, which we did not necessarily expect such a party, even if the last 1,500 meters were uphill. The runner of Team BikeExchange-Jayco preceded Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) by 3 seconds, the Dutchman thus retaining his pink jersey. We find another Dutchman in third place in the person of Tom Dumoulin (Team Jumbo-Visma), who conceded 5 seconds to the winner of the day. The top 5 is completed by Matteo Sobrero (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) and Ben Tulett (INEOS Grenadiers), both at 13″. In the general classification, Van der Poel is 11 and 16 seconds ahead of yates and From the mill.

Video – Simon Yates wins the 1st time trial of the Giro 2022!

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The favorites and underdogs of the Giro experienced mixed fortunes in this time trial: for riders like Tobias Foss (Team Jumbo-Visma, 6th at 17″), Wilco Kelderman (BORA-hansgrohe, 7th at 17″), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan Team, 12th at 19″), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo, 14th at 21″), richie door (INEOS Grenadiers, 16th to 22″), Romain Bardet (Team DSM, 17th at 24″), Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers, 19th to 28″), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious, 30th at 33″) and Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe, 32nd at 34″), it is satisfaction that predominates, and in particular for the Frenchman, author of an excellent time and who is still asserting himself a little more as a very serious candidate for the podium.

On the other hand, it was more complicated for certain other contenders for a good general classification in Verona in three weeks. In this category, we can include Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates, 11th at 18″) and Pello-Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious, 18th at 26″). Admittedly, the Portuguese and the Spaniard performed well, but we expected better from them in the exercise. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Qazaqstan Team, 59th at 42″), William Martin (Cofidis, 68th at 45″), Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo, 79th at 50″) and Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe, 95th at 57″) also struggled. Finally, in terms ofIvan Sosa (Movistar Team, 159th at 1’23”), this day is totally to be forgotten.

Lennard Kämna does better than Edoardo Affini

First big reference time, Alex Dowsett (Israel-Premier Tech) completes the 9.2 kilometers in 12 minutes and 23 seconds. However, he was very quickly beaten since his teammate Alessandro De Marchi beats its time for a few hundredths. Runners like Matthias Brandle (Israel-Premier Tech, 12’27”), Lawson Craddock (Team BikeExchange-Jayco, 12’23”), Oier Lazkano (Movistar Team, 12’28”) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal, 12’29”) then threaten the mark of From Marchibut it is ultimately Jos van Emden (Team Jumbo-Visma) who beat the Italian’s time by 4 seconds (12’19”).

A few minutes later, in 12’10”, another great rider from the Team Jumbo-Visma takes the lead in the standings, Edoardo Affini. Owain Doull (EF Education-EasyPost) soon moved into second position (12’18”), then Affini must leave his place on the leader’s seat to Lennard Kamna (BORA-hansgrohe), who is ahead of the Italian by 3 seconds (12’07”). The first to seriously threaten the German are Thymen Arensman (Team SM) and Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers), beaten by 1 and 4 seconds respectively.

Big performance from Simon Yates, Mathieu van der Poel threatens him but stays behind

Matteo Sobrero (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) is on the other hand ahead of Kamnawhich he beat by 4 seconds (12’03”). Credited with a time of 12’07”, Tobias Foss (Team Jumbo-Visma) then moved to second place, then Tom Dumoulin (Team Jumbo-Visma) put everyone in agreement by setting a time of 11’55”, which is 8 seconds better than sobrero. But the Dutchman remains less than a minute ahead of this time since Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), who started just behind him, beat him by 5 seconds! The young Briton Ben Tulett (INEOS Grenadiers) then approached 13 seconds behind yatesbut the main danger for the Briton is the pink jersey Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). The latter, however, also stumbles over the time of yateswho thus won this time trial with a 3-second lead over Van der Poelwhich remains in pink.