WHEN IS THE GIRO D’ITALIA 2022?

The first Grand Tour of 2022 got under way on Friday 6th May with the first of three stages in Hungary before La Corsa Rosa makes its way to the Italian mainland via a stint on the island of Sicily. Keep up to date with all the latest news with our dedicated Giro d'Italia 2022 hub page.
The 105th edition culminates with a time trial in Verona on Sunday 29th May.
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WHO’S RIDING?

Former champions Richard Carapaz, Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali are among the stand-out names on the startlist for the Giro.
Italian veteran Nibali, the 2013 and 2016 champion, was co-lead pf Astana-Qazaqstan alongside the Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez until his miserable run at Grand Tours continued as he abandoned on Stage 4; Dumoulin, the Dutch 2017 winner, makes his first Grand Tour appearance for Jumbo-Visma since his DNF in the 2020 Vuelta and subsequent sabbatical; while the 2020 champion Carapaz is part of the Ineos Grenadiers team.
A push to become the third British winner in five years will come from Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco), who finished third last year and famously came within two days of the overall win in 2018, only to lose the pink jersey the day Chris Froome put in his now legendary solo attack on the Colle delle Finestre.

Simon Yates jubelt über seinen Tageserfolg auf der 19. Etappe des Giro d'Italia

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Frenchman Romain Bardet (Team DSM) will hope to build on his recent triumph in the Tour of the Alps, while Bahrain Victorious boast two genuine contenders in the Spanish duo of Mikel Landa and Pello Bilbao. Podium finishers alongside the 2020 champion Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers), Australia’s Jai Hindley and Dutchman Wilco Kelderman co-lead a strong Bora-Hansgrohe outfit that also includes the German pair Emanuel Buchmann and Lennard Kamna, who won atop Etna on Stage 4.
Other outsiders to consider include Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Britain’s Hugh Carthy (EF Education-EasyPost), the Portuguese all-rounder Joao Almeida and Italian climber Davide Formolo (both UAE Team Emirates), the experienced Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), and his fellow Italian climber Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo).
While Dutch classics specialist Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) made his Giro debut and rode into pink on Stage 1, holding on to the maglia rosa until Stage 4.

Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin-Fenix celebrates

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Breakaway specialists Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Lilian Calmejane (Ag2R-Citroen), Alessandro De Marchi (Israel-Premier Tech) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) will have earmarked a number of stages to stretch their legs, along with puncheurs like Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates).
In the battle for the ciclamino jersey, Australian pocket-rocket Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) leads a strong field of sprinters that also includes Britain’s Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) - who took a 16th stage win at the Giro with success on Stage 3 - Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), Italians Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech), Alberto Dainese (Team DSM), Davide Cimolai (Cofidis) and Sacha Modolo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane), the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Eritrean Grand Tour debutant Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), Dutchman Cees Bol (Team DSM) and the versatile Dane Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost).

HOW CAN I WATCH THE GIRO ON TV AND LIVE STREAM?

Each and every stage will be broadcast in its entirety on Eurosport, discovery+ and GCN+, bookended 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?

Colombia’s Egan Bernal became the third rider from Ineos Grenadiers or Team Sky to secure the maglia rosa in four years after a dominant performance, picking up two stage wins along the way. A slight wobble on the penultimate stage almost reopened the door to Italian veteran Damiano Caruso, but Bernal held on to take the spoils by 1:29 over his Bahrain Victorious counterpart, with Britain’s Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) completing the podium.
Slovakia’s Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the maglia ciclamino, Frenchman Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2R-Citroen) won the polka dot jersey, and Bernal also doubled up with the white jersey in his Giro debut. The race was bookended with emphatic time-trial wins from Filippo Ganna of Ineos Grenadiers, one of three riders alongside teammate Bernal and sprinter Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to pick up two stage wins.

'He's done it in some style!' - Watch the final moments as Bernal wins Giro

WHAT’S THE ROUTE FOR 2022?

Starting in Budapest and ending in Verona after winding its way up the boot of Italy from Sicily, the route of the 2022 Giro d’Italia features something for everyone. Six sprint stages, six hilly stages, two time trials, and six mountain stages – including summit finishes at Mount Etna, Blockhaus and Marmolada – make it a balanced, multi-faceted and rigorous parcours.
After three days in Hungary and two in Sicily, the riders edge north towards the usual high-altitude showdowns in the Alps and Dolomites ahead of a final-day time trial in Verona. Playing out over 3,410 kilometres and including a total of 51,000 metres of climbing, the route favours attacking riders who are strong both against the clock and going uphill.
Stage 1: Budapest – Visegrad, 195km, flat
Stage 2: Budapest – Budapest, 9.2km, ITT
Stage 3: Kaposvar – Balatonfured, 201km, flat
Rest Day: Avola, Monday 9th May
Stage 4: Avola – Etna (Rif. Sapienza), 166km, mountains
Stage 5: Catania – Messina, 172km, flat
Stage 6: Palmi – Scalea (Riviera dei Cedri), 192km, flat
Stage 7: Diamante – Potenza, 198km, intermediate
Stage 8: Napoli – Napoli, 149km, hilly
Stage 9: Isernia – Blockhaus, 187km, mountains
Rest Day: Pescara, Monday 16th Pescara
Stage 10: Pescara – Jesi, 194km, hilly
Stage 11: Santarcangelo di Romagna – Reggio Emilia, 201km, flat
Stage 12: Parma – Genova, 186km, intermediate
Stage 13: Sanremo – Cuneo, 157km, flat
Stage 14: Santena – Torino, 153km, mountains
Stage 15: Rivarolo Canavese – Cogne, 177km, mountains
Rest Day: Salo, Monday 23rd May
Stage 16: Salo – Aprica, 200km, mountains
Stage 17: Ponti di Legno – Lavarone, 165km, mountains
Stage 18: Borgo Valsugana – Treviso, 146km, flat
Stage 19: Marano Lagunare – Santuario di Castelmonte, 178km, mountains
Stage 20: Belluno – Marmolada (Passo Fedaia), 167km, mountains
Stage 21: Verona – Verona, 17.1km, ITT

WHO’S GOING TO WIN THE MAJOR JERSEYS?

Refreshingly, there doesn’t seem to be an out-and-out favourite for the maglia rosa which should ensure some exciting and unpredictable racing over the three weeks. Richard Carapaz, Simon Yates, Alejandro Valverde, Tom Dumoulin, and Vincenzo Nibali all know what it’s like to win a Grand Tour – although both Dumoulin and Nibali cracked and shipped time on the first mountaintop showdown of the race on Etna in Stage 4.
After crashing out last year, Mikel Landa may feel that he’s never had a better chance at winning a three-week stage race – although the likes of Romain Bardet, Wilco Kelderman, and Pello Bilbao could also feel the same.
Veterans Nibali and Valverde are probably too old to be a serious factor over the three weeks, while there are serious question marks over Dumoulin since his first and last Grand Tour win. That would leave the smart money on a pink jersey battle between the Olympic champion Carapaz and Britain’s Yates, with Landa perhaps joining the party provided he can avoid hitting the deck.

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

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Bardet and Bilbao’s form at the Tour of the Alps suggests they should not be discounted; both riders will be targeting a top five or perhaps even the podium, ditto Joao Almeida, who finished sixth last year and fourth in his 2020 debut.
In the sprints, Ewan looks by far the strongest – and his Lotto Soudal team need the wins if they want to avoid relegation from the WorldTour. It will be interesting to see if Messrs Gaviria and Demare can get back to winning ways in Grand Tours, while a first stage win on the Giro since 2013 for Mark Cavendish will have buoyed the Manx Missile.
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) worth watching. For the white jersey, Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) looks to have the edge.

Highlights: Coryn Rivera wins Stage 10 at the Giro d'Italia Donne

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 30th June and ending in Padua on Sunday 10th July, the longest-running stage race on the women’s calendar will play out over 10 stages on a 1002.6km route that includes forays in the Apennines, Alps and Dolomites.
After the retirement of defending champion and four-time winner Anna van der Breggen, all eyes will be on her fellow Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten, back-to-back winner in 2018/19, as the Movistar veteran bids to take a third title in a race that is back on the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar after last year’s downgrading to a 2.Pro-level status.
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