Team Bora was overjoyed after winning the second stage within a week on the two most difficult stages of the Tour of Italy so far.
“It’s pretty incredible,” said Hindley, celebrating the second Giro stage win of his career after 2020, “it hasn’t been the easiest year for me so far – I busted my ass to even make it to the Giro and now I’m missing it the words!”
Emanuel Buchmann also showed a strong performance on the final climb and finished seventh, 16 seconds behind. “It’s great how we started at the Giro with Lennard’s victory at the first mountain finish and now the victory today,” said the top climber, “I was also at the front today – a really good day for us”.
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Buchmann is now ninth in the overall standings, 1:09 minutes behind Lopez, while Lennard Kämna, who was 19th in the stage, slipped significantly from second place in the classification to 15th (+3:26).
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Behind Lopez, Joao Almeida (+0:12), Bardet (+0:14) and Carapaz (+0:15) improved to the next places, Hindley is now fifth, 20 seconds behind the maglia rosa.
Although the 13.6 kilometers with an 8.4% gradient at the end of the 191 kilometers with five mountain classifications were an absolute endurance test, ten drivers reached the finish line at 1665 meters within a minute.
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Team Ineos dominated the tough finale of the stage until almost five kilometers from the finish. When Carapaz’s last helper swerved there, the Olympic champion attacked and only Bardet and Mikel Landa were able to follow. But the trio could not break away decisively, Hindley came back with other drivers and prevailed in the sprint for the day’s victory.
Meanwhile, Simon Yates lost all chances of overall victory in Abruzzo: The Brit lost the connection early on and finished 11:15 minutes behind – as the winner of the time trial in Hungary he had shone a week ago on the first Sunday of the Giro.
Giro: Team Bora regains top position
Bora-hansgrohe recaptured the lead in the team classification with a strong team performance. The only drop of bitterness for the racing team was the result for co-favorite Wilco Kelderman: The Dutchman had a defect on the descent of the penultimate mountain, was able to catch up first and then lost more than ten minutes at the Blockhaus.
The new wearer of the mountain jersey is the Italian Diego Rosa, who, as a breakaway, collected so many points in the first mountain classifications of the day that he passed Koen Bouwman and Kämna.
The Giro ended for Rüdiger Selig (Zwenkau/Lotto-Soudal), so only ten of the eleven German riders who originally started are still in the race.
After the second day of rest, the Giro d’Italia 2022 continues on Tuesday with a flatter stage from Pescara to Jesi.
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