GIRO’22 Stage 2: Simon Yates Storms to TT Stage Win!


Giro Stage 2 Race Report: Simon Yates rode the time trial of his life to take the Giro stage 2 win, but it was Mathieu van der Poel, with the pink jersey on his back, who came so close to a two-in-a-row stage win by 3 seconds. Van der Poel holds the overall lead – Stage for Yates.

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Stage win for Simon Yates

The second stage of the Giro d’Italia, a 9.2 kilometre individual time trial in Budapest, was won by Simon Yates. The Briton completed the technical course faster than the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Dumoulin. Van der Poel remained leader.

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Strong ride by Mathieu van der Poel

A short ITT, on wide and well-paved urban roads travels 9.2km through Budapest. Starting from the Heroes’ Square, the route heads towards the Danube, which separates the two souls of the city. Taking in several bends, the course reaches the riverside, passes the Neo-Gothic Parliament and crosses the Danube to roll along the opposite bank. The route takes two u-turns, the first upward and the second downward, approaching and leaving the river bank on the Parliament’s side. Moving away from the river, the route takes in the closing climb.

Stage 2 profile

Final KMs
The final 1500m runs entirely uphill. Past the intermediate split, the route takes to the climb leading to the castle and hitting the maximum gradient (14%) on flagstone. The route then continues at around 4%, taking in a few hair-pins, all the way to the finish square in Buda.

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Jan Tratnik in Budapest

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Tratnik struggled with his wrist injury on the final cobbled climb in the Budapest 9.2 kilometre time trial

The day after his victory in the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia, Mathieu van der Poel defended his pink jersey in the stage 2 individual time trial. The course of the TT was perfect for the Dutchman. In the centre of Budapest, a technical route had been drawn with a finish on Castle Hill (1.3 kilometres at 4.9%). With João Almeida, Magnus Cort, Tobias Foss, Simon Yates and Tom Dumoulin, there were plenty of other possible winners. Everyone had a chance of the stage victory and also of the overall lead.

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Early leader – Edoardo Affini

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A good time trial by Mark Cavendish

The first rider to roll down the starting ramp was Harm Vanhoucke, one of the riders involved in yesterday’s crash. Jan Tratnik was also an early starter, he would normally be a dangerous outsider, but yesterday he also hit the asphalt with Vanhoucke. The Slovenian was badly battered, especially his wrist, and didn’t beat the Belgian’s time. Alex Dowsett, the third rider to start, was the fastest for a while.

‘Local hero’ – Hungarian TT champion Erik Fetter

Lennard Kämna looking good in Budapest

Jos van Emden improved Dowsett’s time. The Dutchman was 4 seconds better than the Israel-Premier Tech rider. Another rider from Jumbo-Visma, Edoardo Affini, went under the time of Van Emden. The Italian took his place in the hot seat, until Lennard Kämna disrupted the Jumbo-Visma’s party. The BORA-hansgrohe rider, who was also at the front in the stage 1 final, set the new top time.

Kämna went into the lead

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Caleb Ewan heavily bandaged from his crash on stage 1

For a long time no one came near Kämna. Thymen Arensman initially looked like he wouldn’t either, because at the first intermediate point he was 8 seconds behind the German, but at the finish he was close. DSM’s talent was half a second short of beating Kämna. Matteo Sobrero put in a fast ride, the Italian champion was 4 seconds better than Kämna. He was also faster than Tobias Foss, who was next to finish.

The next race leader – Italian TT champion Matteo Sobrero

A nervous Miguel Ángel López

From then on, the top men followed in quick succession as all the riders were at 1 minute intervals. One of the first was Tom Dumoulin, who demolished Sobrero’s time. He was 8 seconds faster than the Italian. But hot on his heels was Simon Yates, beating the Dutchman by 5 seconds. After that, Vincenzo Nibali, Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet also recorded relatively good times, but not winning times. João Almeida outperformed all three, but only took a few seconds from them.

Tobias Foss did a good ride and caught Ivan Ramiro Sosa

Tom Dumoulin looked like he had done enough to take the stage win, then…

Simon Yates put in a stunning ride

Richard Carapaz was also well beaten by Yates. He lost 28 seconds to the Brit over the 9.2 kilometres. Wilco Kelderman limited his losses to 17 seconds. The only rider left who could beat Yates was Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutchman came very close, but eventually had to concede 3 seconds on Yates. Van der Poel kept his pink jersey. Tom Dumoulin finished in third place and also rose to third on GC.

The Shark didn’t bite in Budapest

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Simon Yates set the winning time

Stage winner and 2nd overall, Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco): “For sure this is my best time trial victory. I’m of course very happy. It’s a little bit unexpected. I rode the fastest I could, also on the flat. I was never confident to win until Mathieu van der Poel crossed the line. Today was just a 10-minute effort. There are still many more to come.”

Top ride by Van der Poel

Stage for Yates

The Maglia Rosa and second on the stage, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “I would have signed for this performance before the start. I did a very good TT. The difference to the first place is very close. I got myself an extra day in the Maglia Rosa, maybe more because it should be a sprint finish tomorrow, and I’m very happy with that.”

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Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Result:
1. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco in 11:50
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix at 0:03
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:05
4. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:13
5. Ben Tulett (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
6. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:17
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
9. Mauro Schmid (Swi) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:18
10. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 2:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 4:47:11
2. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:11
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 0:16
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:24
5. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) BikeExchange-Jayco
6. Ben Tulett (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:25
7. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:28
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:29
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10. Mauro Schmid (Swi) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.

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