Alpecin-Fenix and Italian Cycling both scored their second stage win of the 2022 Giro d’Italia Thursday when Stefano Oldani outkicked Intermarché’s Lorenzo Rota and Jumbo’s Gijs Leemreize for the victory on a day full of breakaways. The biggest news apart from the stage win was the movement of Bora Hansgrohe’s Wilco Kelderman, who came in with the first chase group 54 seconds behind the winners, on a day when the GC contenders’ peloton was nine-plus minutes in arrears. Kelderman began the day at 11:02 behind perpetual leader Juan Pedro Lopez, but ended the day just 2:51 down and back in the conversation for the coming mountain battles. Kelderman was third overall in the 2020 Giro, a stage away from an overall win, so he belongs in the mix, and he can also help his teammates Jai Hindley (lying fifth at 0:20) and Emanuel Buchmann (9th at 1:09) as they look for a way to outfox their rivals on the way to Verona.
- OLDANI Stefano, Alpecin-Fenix, 4:26:47
- ROTA Lorenzo, Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
- LEEMREIZE Gijs, Jumbo-Visma, at 0.02
- MOLLEMA Bauke, Trek - Segafredo, at 0:57
- BUITRAGO Santiago, Bahrain - Victorious
Parma - Genova 204 km
Well this stinks of a breakaway if ever anything did.
Expected finish: 16:55 - 17:30 CEST
Pesto Genovese of the Day : Magnus Cort
Feels like he’s missed out on the stages you would have expected him to feature in. Revenge time?