PG - Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 12

Another long stage. 204 kilometres with three cat 3 climbs along the way. Not quite stage 10 lumpiness but if it’s ridden as hard as the final climb was yesterday, even the more durable sprinters will struggle. The last climb is just under 30k from the finish and is 4.2k at 8%. There’s a descent and then a rolling run to the line of about 20k. At 90° left turn comes at the flamme rouge and from there (barring the use of barriers), it’s dead straight to the finish. My maths tell me the last 500m or so goes up at about 2.6%.

The Favourites

This will be tough for the sprinters (if any are left) so it might be a good day for the break. Without Wanty to help control the race and with Ewan not even a certain starter, it’s hard to see who will do so.

They’re calling the start a false flat and it is but it goes on and on. Nearly 100k before the drop down. So getting into the break will be tough for the little guys. A great day for strong rouleurs. With Kamna over 8 minutes down, he’ll get another chance to win from a break and with all the other likely candidates even further off Pink, it should be allowed to sail and be given a nice size gap. The real question is how long will it take to form because if the DS’s think it’s a day for the break, most teams will have an interest in making it.

It will therefore probably be a bit of lottery to who makes the final selection. A great chance to take an outsider or four. Yet to see any odds but Crazy, Schmid, MvdP, Bouwman, Cort and Rosa are very likely to both try and be at the top of the bookies places. As the Naples stage showed though, there’s every chance the podium will have one or more outsiders. Maybe it’s the turn of Aimé…??

Of course if you don’t trust me (and who would) have a look at the startlist and make your own minds up.

The Rules

In this game, only the race results matter. You're not committed to keeping the same riders throughout the series, you make fresh picks before every race. Our overall competition is just the sum of individual race scores. You're eligible for the overall even if you miss some races.

Pick 4 riders for the upcoming race. The order of your picks doesn't matter. All of your riders can score.

Riders score points down to 10th place. Less popular riders score more points than heavily-picked favourites. See below for scoring details.

The strict entry deadline is the official start time of the race, the neutralized roll-out or Départ Fictif. Be warned - if your post is timestamped one minute late your entry won't count! So do remember that there's no disadvantage to getting an entry in early, even the day before, because you may always change your picks up until the deadline. Feel free to rethink your picks when it emerges which riders are more or less popular with other players. If you make changes, post your revised 4 picks in a reply to your original post.

The Scoring


The last 3 races will be secret entry between the top contenders… To avoid defensive picking.

When we say top contenders we leave the number open because who knows how many will be within striking distance...

We will notify you by email if we need you to do a secret entry.

The Results

Head over to msbee's spreadsheet to check how you fared. Any issues, please email us on...