Giro 2022 : Jan Hirt remporte l’étape, Jai Hindley revient à 3 secondes du maillot rose Richard Carapaz

The fairy tale continues for Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux. After the success of Biniam Girmay in Jesi, the Belgian formation offered itself the queen stage of this Tour of Italy 2022 with the solo victory of Jan Hirt beyond the Mortirolo. Starting in the right breakaway, the Czech waited for the final ascent to isolate himself and go for the 7th victory of his career, by far the most prestigious.

Despite a few attacks, the fight between the favorites gave birth to a skimming in the Valico di Santa Cristina with the first four of the general classification held in about fifteen seconds and the rest of the pack far behind. Jay Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) however took advantage of the bonuses to come back to within 3” of the pink jersey Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) while João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) limited the damage (+14”).


Martin, a saving failure?


Hirt triumphs, Hindley nibbles: the finish on video

Pozzovivo big loser, Almeida held

We expected mountains and wonders from this 16th stage, with a program as magnificent as it is gargantuan with the Goletto di Cadino, the Mortirolo, the climb of Teglio before the final ascent of the Valico di Santa Cristina. Enough to hope for a great pass of arms between the favorites. But, if Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan Team) tried to take advantage of the descent of the Mortirolo before getting up, it was not until the last climb to see the leaders go on the offensive. After making his team work (and involuntarily knocking down his teammate Pello Bilbao), Mikel Landa was the first to start hostilities with 10km to go. Only Carapaz and Hindley were able to follow him and the three men then agreed to avoid the return of Almeida, always so difficult to really outrun.

Falling uphill: the clash between Bilbao and… Landa

The trio’s efforts paid off and the Portuguese had to concede an additional 14” on the finish line. Nothing of consequence on such a difficult stage. Fallen in the Mortirolo descent, Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux) may have returned later, but he was still the main loser of the day. His 2’47” disbursements on the line expels him from the top 5 and pushes him especially 3’48” from Carapaz, probably shattering his last dreams of a podium in Verona. Without having been able to follow the four best, Nibali offers him the right operation by taking his place (5th, + 3’40”), a meager consolation after rolling his team behind the breakaway. But the favorites never managed to come back.

Hindley is getting closer

It must be said that the breakaway was 28 units strong and looked great with the presence at the front of Guillaume Martin (Cofidis, who finally exploded to lose 19 minutes), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Hugh Carthy ( EF-EasyPost), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco). Aware of the danger, Ineos Grenadiers never left too much scope for these climbers, but they were too numerous, too strong. A first group of eight got out “in postman”, which did not prevent Hirt and Carthy from returning, after a big effort in the Mortirolo. They were never seen again. At least neither the Czech nor Thymen Arensman (DSM), who was the first to raise behind Kämna, who came out on the descent from Teglio. But the Dutchman was countered by Hirt and, despite struggling until the last mile, he was never able to come back.

Martin apologizes to his team: “I’m not up to speed in this race”

Winner at the start of the season of the Tour of Oman (and of a stage), the Czech offers himself the 5th victory of his career – his most beautiful by far – and continues the fantastic Giro (and start of the season) of his team. , despite the failure of the day of its leader Pozzovivo. In general, Hirt even took the opportunity to join the top 10 (9th), just ahead of another rider in the breakaway, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar, 10th), who ended up with the favorites.

Arrived in the sprint for 3rd place, Carapaz, Hindley and Landa fought for the bonuses and it was the Australian from Bora-Hansgrohe who gleaned the 4”, thus returning to 3” of the pink jersey. Less than a week from Verona, nothing is done. For none of the first four.


Martin apologizes to his team: “I’m not up to speed in this race”



Carapaz and Hindley inseparable, Almeida has (again) limited, glory day for Hirt




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