Tour of Italy 2022
The Tour of Italy 2022 (Italian: Giro d'Italia 2022) is the 105th edition of this men's road cycling race, one of the three grand tours of the season. The race takes place from May 6 to 29, 2022. The race is part of the UCI World Tour 2022 calendar in category 2.UWT.
The 2022 edition starts in Hungary and stays there for three days. This is the 14th time that the big start of the Giro has taken place outside Italy and for the first time in Hungary. This departure was initially planned for 2020 but had to be modified due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The start takes place in Budapest for a flat stage ending with a climb. The next day, the stage is contested against the clock in the streets of Budapest. A flat third stage along Lake Balaton completes the Hungarian triptych.
After a transfer serving as a rest day, the peloton disembarks for two days in Sicily where the fourth stage ends on the slopes of Etna and the fifth climbs the Portella Mandrazzi at mid-stage. Following a small transfer via the Strait of Messina, the riders join the foot of the Italian boot for the start of the sixth in Palmi in Calabria and a finish which will no doubt be reserved for the sprinters in Scalea. The peloton gradually climbs north with a very hilly seventh stage leading to Potenza and the following stage giving pride of place to the city of Naples with a local circuit to be completed five times. The ninth stage enters the Apennines massif with a double ascent to the Blockhaus.
The day after the rest day, the peloton resumed its advance towards the north and the Adriatic Sea with two relatively flat stages. The twelfth stage starting from Parma crosses Monte Becco before plunging into Genoa and the Ligurian Sea, while the following stage presents less difficulty. The fourteenth stage, much more uneven, leads to Turin. Then, the riders are confronted more with the Alps with in particular a finish at the top in Cogne during the fifteenth stage.
The last day of rest precedes the sixteenth stage which takes the riders from Salò to Aprica passing at the end of the stage by the climb of Santa Cristina. The following stage is a third mountain stage in a row, taking in particular the climb of the Menador before a descent towards Lavarone. After a short and flat eighteenth stage that should theoretically give the sprinters a last chance, the peloton reaches the Sanctuary of Castelmonte at the end of the nineteenth stage and the Marmolada at Passo Fedaia in the Dolomites during the twentieth. step. This Giro ends with a twenty-first stage against the clock in Verona.
As a World Tour race, all 18 World Tour teams automatically participate in the race. By finishing best and second in the second division, the Alpecin-Fenix team and the Arkéa-Samsic team have the right, without obligation, to take part in all the events on the World Tour calendar. On February 14, 2022, the Arkéa-Samsic team announced that it would not take part in the Giro.
Favorites and main participants
For the general classification
In the absence of the best riders of the moment (Tadej Pogačar, Primož Roglič and defending champion Egan Bernal), the race is more open. The main favorite is Richard Carapaz, winner of the 2019 edition. The outsiders are Simon Yates, 3rd in 2021, João Almeida, 4th in 2020, Mikel Landa, 4th in 2019, Miguel Ángel López, 3rd in 2018 and Romain Bardet, 7th in 2021,.
For points classification
For the points classification, we note the participation of sprinters Caleb Ewan, Mark Cavendish, Arnaud Démare, Fernando Gaviria, Giacomo Nizzolo, Phil Bauhaus and puncher Mathieu van der Poel.
For the classification of the