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Giro 2022: Preview stage 21 individual time trial in Verona

Another step and then the Giro d’Italia 2022 is over. Unlike the Tour de France, where the round traditionally ends with a sprint race across Paris, an individual trial is the final piece of the race. Game Pink Race† It would not be the first time the leader had changed hands in the last day, although the rankings now seem to be in a fold. CyclingFlash look forward to the course with the favorites for the final stage victory.


The Giro d’Italia ends with a ride against the clock in Verona. The chrono at 17.4 miles has an obstacle on the way. In the middle of the course is the climb to Torricella Massimiliana, a 4.5 mile hill at 4.6%.

The course took part in the Torricelle Circuit, which was the setting for the 2004 World Road Championships. The first part of the trial time goes straight on a wide road that gradually turns into a mountain of more than four miles.

At the head of Torricella Massimiliana, at the intermediate point after 9.5 km, only intermediate time is measured. This is also where the last three mountain points in this round can be earned, for what it’s worth. This is followed by a four mile descent and drivers enter the streets of Verona. The last three miles have a number of sharp turns.

Around 5.10pm on Sunday afternoon, the pink jersey enters the Verona arena on the Piazza Bra and it becomes clear who can add Giro d’Italia 2022 to his palmares.

Start the first rider: 13.55 è
Finish first rider: between 2.15 pm and 2.25 pm

Start the last rider: 4:47 PM
Finished last rider: between 5.05 pm and 5.15 pm

Distance: 17.4 miles
Waypoint: at 9.5 miles


The final stage of the Giro d’Italia is mainly dominated by the battle for the last pink jersey and the Trofeo Senza Fine, but the victory of the 21st stage is also in jeopardy. The top three in the overall standings have a decent time trial in their legs, but normally the win goes to a real specialist to work against the clock. In 2019, the last relay was held on almost the same course and Chad Haga won, ahead of Victor Campenaerts and Thomas De Gendt. Then the average speed was 46.1 miles per hour.

Edoardo Affini – photo: Cor Vos

The public can see an Italian winner at the Roman amphitheater in Verona. Jumbo-Visma came to the Giro with great ambition, but the leaders could not compete for the overall classification. Koen Bouwman’s success made it another round to look back with satisfaction. Edoardo Affini can close the game in style on the last day. The weather process still has good legs in the third week and was third in the final stage against last year’s clock. Hold on Italian stallion well controlled.

Met Matteo Sobrero from BikeExchange-Jayco another strong Italian time analyst is at the start. Even the current national champion, because last year the 25-year-old rider defeated Affini, Mattia Cattaneo and the world champion Filippo Ganna in and around Faenza. Sobrero was fourth in the last time trial in Milan a year ago and later won the national championship and the European Mixed Relay Championship. Earlier this Giro he finished fourth in the individual trial across Budapest.

Matteo Sobrero – photo: Color You

In the Hungarian capital, the performance broke through Mathieu van der Poel in the eye. Alpecin-Fenix ​​leader just didn’t get the time of Simon Yates and defended his pink jersey with verve. MVDP already announced that if she feels well, she wants to go for it across and around Verona. He does not have to take Yates into account, because the Briton stopped the fight in the seventeenth stage. Moreover, Van der Poel still feels good at the end of the Giro, he said at the final weekend.

Van der Poel is not the only Dutchman waiting in trial time around Verona. Timmen Arensman The DSM team was already part of the best Dutch trials in its junior time, it was sixth in this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico opening time trial and is now working on a very good Giro. In the race against the clock across Budapest, the 22-year-old rider was well in tenth place, eighteen seconds behind winner Yates. And he was tenth on Blockhaus and second in stage at Aprica. Saturday he finished fifth in the Passo Fedaia.

Mathieu van der Poel – photo: Cor Vos

Besides Affini, Jumbo-Visma has even more options in the time trial. Tobias Foss is the Norwegian champion in this discipline and has already finished fourth in this year’s Volta ao Algarve trial time and sixth in the controversial stage in Budapest at this Giro d’Italia. However, he has yet to win an international trial and profession and is now crossing a difficult Giro, having finished ninth in the final standings in 2021. Is the 25-year-old rider recharging himself in the championship race? read and close the round with a nice result? Koen Bouwman, winner of the mountain rankings, also has a good time in his lap.

Ben Tulett only working on his first round, but has already finished fifth in the individual trial in the Hungarian capital Budapest. The Briton was only a fraction of a second behind Matteo Sobrero’s fourth place. However, he kept Tobias Foss and Wilco Kelderman behind. In the course of the Giro, he was also tenth in the difficult trial of the Tour of the Basque Country. The two-time world junior cyclo-cross champion can once again aim for a good result in Verona. It was still very strong on Saturday.

Richard Carapaz – photo: Color You

In the top three in the general classification there Richard Carapaz arguably the best time trial in the legs. The INEOS Grenadiers leader is the current Ecuadorian national champion and has fond memories of trial time around Verona, while he won his overall victory here in 2019 – then he still wore the Movistar jersey. In addition, he can take advantage of the advice of Ben Tulett and Jonathan Castroviejo, who have already appeared on the course. But is it enough to win? She could wash her pink hangover from Saturday. But victory in general seems like a bridge so far.

In addition to Sobrero, Foss and Carapaz, we meet some other national champions, including Lawson Craddock from BikeExchange-Jayco. His team lost leader Simon Yates along the way, can the American take advantage of his chance in Verona now that he doesn’t have to take anyone anymore? Thomas De Gendt Lotto Soudal was third in the last trial in Verona in 2019 after Chad Haga and Victor Campenaerts, but they are not there now. So let’s also mark the names of the stage winners in Naples.

You should also look for the last name we want to mention in Jumbo-Visma. Jos van Emden is linked to Tom Dumoulin’s final victory at the Giro in 2017. Because where Dumoulin secured the pink, Van Emden won the final trial. It would make for a fun question for the popular board game Triviant. That two-time Dutch champion in this discipline can still drive against the clock, he proved in Tirreno-Adriatico where he was eighth in the individual trial around Lido di Camaiore.

Favorite according to WielerFlits
**** Edoardo Affini
*** Mathieu van der Poel, Matteo Sobrero
** Thymen Arensman, Tobias Foss, Ben Tulett
* Richard Carapaz, Lawson Craddock, Thomas De Gendt, Jos van Emden

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As it stands, there will be some showers during the final trial time in Verona on Sunday, according to Weeronline. The gap between the passengers can therefore be large and the road can also be wet or maybe just dry.

Giro d’Italia’s broadcast rights in the Netherlands and Flanders are maintained by Eurosport. The stages of the Italian round can be followed daily from start to finish Eurosport 1 in via Eurosport player† Sunday Eurosport live from 1.30 pm. on CyclingFlash you can follow all the action in a live blog.

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