Rate the Giro 2022
mididoctors Posts: 14,606
edited May 2022 in Pro race
Show your working out in the margins
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Rate the Giro 2022 46 votes
Plus good finishes to not very exciting stages: 1, 3, 6, 11
Stages that aren't immediately memorable: 15, 19
Plus one stage that wasn't all that exciting but had an impact on GC: 16
(And TTs that I didn't watch.)
Pretty good, but because the GC didn't really light up, not an all time classic. But stages 8, 10 and 14 especially were outstanding.
Almost gave it 6 because the battle between GC was not very exciting, watching the not quite best in the world gradually get whittled down through attrition, but Girmay and especially van der Poel really lit up quite a few days, and the full coverage meant seeing really long running battles to get into a break on any day it had a chance, and what a crazy hard three weeks it is.
GC was diminished by withdrawals, but GC is always a test of health, fitness and endurance.
I am not sure. You have no chance.
Well you wanted the working out showing.....
The closeness of the GC race should have added tension and excitement, but it didn't. After 3 weeks of the leaders shadow boxing and throwing a few small jabs I lost any interest in them.
Highlights were Girmay and MvdP, worth at least a point each. If Girmay had been able to continue and compete for the Ciclamino I'd have given 2 or 3 more
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The giro has always been my favourite GT but I found this edition pretty dull. Can't quite put my finger on why but just didn't seem to have the spark and excitement it has delivered previously.
As its a UK based forum, a decent showing for home riders? 2 stages for Yates, a win for Cav, top ten for Hugh Carthy and a show of promise for Ben Tullett - Top 5 TT at both ends of a first grand tour is pretty decent.
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One of the most fun things to me was the fight to get into the breakaway every day which was at times incredibly brutal.
MvdP & Biniam were nice and so was the the stage Dries de Bondt and the break held off the sprinters. There were plenty of stages I enjoyed, but hardly anything I found truly special.
I thought it was an excellent race, with lots of memorable stages and a tense GC battle that went down to the final 3 kms of the final road stage. Hindley was a deserving winner, who rode an intelligent race and was ably supported by a team that used their available resources well. Their intervention in Turin, especially, was race-changing and blew apart the GC ambitions of a lot of teams.
Withdrawals are part and parcel of GT racing, having the endurance and luck to see the course is part of the challenge.
Some good stages, some not so good but finished with sprints. GC battle not crazy as top 2 were very evenly matched until they weren't.
All in all, a pretty standard GT
Also, hello Jai's mum 👋 (I assume, scoring a full NINE rating!)
The Vikings are coming!
I thought Eurosport's coverage was excellent. The current mix of commentators and pundits has been spot on since GCN have become more involved. Robbie McEwan is another great addition to the line up. The Breakaway and general banter between Orla, Dan, Robbie, Adam etc was entertaining. I also enjoyed "Brad on the bike".
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