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Giro d’Italia rest day recap 3: Girmay’s corker, Italian campioni and all Hansgrohe on deck

While the cyclists prepare for the Mortirolo, here’s a quick refresher on what went down at week two of the Giro

Will Strickson
23 May 2022

Is this actually the third rest day? Or are the real rest days the rests we’ve had along the way? Yes. Welcome to the final rest day recap of the 2022 Giro d’Italia.

With six stages left and six stages since our last official rest, this should be the turning point for the action to truly kick off as there are jerseys to be won and limited stage wins up for grabs.

But before all that, let’s get up to speed on what happened in Italy over the last week.

Stage 10: Veni, vidi, Bini

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He came. He saw. He conquered. He left.

After a couple of close calls in week one, Biniam Girmay finally got his historic first Grand Tour win on Stage 10, outsprinting Mathieu van der Poel after the pure sprinters were dispatched over the lumpy second half.

Van der Poel gave it all he could but Girmay had at least an extra two gears and made it look easy.

Unfortunately the Dutchman must have passed on some bad karma as, like MVDP, Girmay accidentally popped the winner’s processo cork into his eye, leading to a trip to hospital and his subsequent withdrawal from the race.

See you in Copenhagen, Bini?

Stage 11: Italian win #1 (sprint edition)

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201km, 480m of elevation. As much of a shoo-in for the sprinters as you can get. And so it went.

However, after Arnaud Démare took two wins in week one, the apple cart wasn’t best pleased. Instead, Team DSM’s Alberto Dainese stormed to the victory ahead of Fernando Gaviria having been led out by Romain Bardet.

Italy celebrated their first stage win of the Giro. France celebrated its hero rediscovering success. Team DSM celebrated its riders not wanting to leave.

Stage 12: Italian win #2 (breakaway edition)

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On the day Canyon launched its revamped Aeroad for 2022, Alpecin-Fenix proved they’re not just a one man show at the race.

Although Van der Poel did light up the breakaway, it was teammate Stefano Oldani who found himself in the three man group that arrived at the finish first.

In the end the sprint was easy and Italy had their second win in as many days.

Stage 13: Arnaud Démarvellous

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Apple carts in order, it was business as usual on Stage 13 in what threatened to be a tough day for the sprinters. It wasn’t to be, though, as the interested teams kept things slow on the one climb of the day so all the fast men were in with a shout at the end.

The strongest sprinter in the race with the best train took their third win of the Giro. Démare is back and Groupama-FDJ are a truly elite team.

Stage 14: Bora blow it up

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Talking of elite teams, we should all take a minute to appreciate Bora-Hansgrohe. Their riders are absolutely flying – Wilco Kelderman’s disc brakes notwithstanding – and they made a medium mountain stage into the best of the year so far.

They blew it up early, setting up a GC battle a day early, putting an end to Juan Pedro López’s time in the maglia rosa and putting their revitalised Aussie Jai Hindley into second on GC behind Richard Carapaz.

The stage win went elsewhere though as Simon Yates began his redemption cycle after dropping out of overall contention, taking a measured victory over Hindley, Carapaz and a Vincenzo Nibali bowing out with aplomb.

Stage 15: Italian win #3 (yeet edition)

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And talking of redemption... Giulio Ciccone has struggled over the past year. After a super-strong start to the 2021 Giro, his legs haven’t quite been the same since and he never even turned up in the GC battle this year.

But in his ‘most beautiful’ victory, the Trek-Segafredo man dominated the day’s incredibly strong breakaway and continued his tradition of launching his sunglasses into the crowd, with a fan even joining in. Grande.

What next?

Monster mountains. Tuesday sees riders go straight back in at the deep end with three big climbs including Mortirolo halfway in.

There are a couple more hilly tests to come later in the week, split by a final sprint stage into Treviso on Thursday, before a showdown up Passos San Pellegrino, Pordoi and Fedaia on Saturday, potentially settling proceedings going into Sunday's final TT in Verona.

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