Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) triumphed at the Giro d'Italia after defending his lead in the time trial around the streets of Verona. He heading into the final stage with the maglia rosa after distancing Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious) on the brutal slopes of the Passo Fedaia on Saturday. The Australian attacked with around three kilometers to go, eventually finishing more than a minute ahead of his nearest rivals and sixth on the stage.
The result meant that Hindley became Australia's first Giro victor, and its second Grand Tour champion. It puts to bed memories of his narrow second-place in 2020, and is also Bora's first Grand Tour win.
Juan Pedro López won in the white jersey after finishing 16th on the stage. He extended his lead over Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious) on Saturday and ended up well over five minutes ahead of the Colombian in second.
In the king of the mountains competition, Koen Bouwman’s (Jumbo-Visma) lead was unassailable from stage 19. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) finished second, while stage 20 winner Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) leapt into third spot thanks to claiming maximum points on both the Passo Pordoi and the Marmalada on Saturday.
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) was a comprehensive winner of the maglia ciclamino, with his points haul from three stage wins giving him a massive total.
The team competition remained tight to the wire. It's was won by Bahrain-Victorious over Bora-Hansgrohe, by just four minutes and seven seconds after three weeks of heavy racing. In third, Ineos Grenadiers were well over an hour behind the pair.
Giro d'Italia 2022 stage 21 results
1. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Team BikeExchange-Jayco, in 22-24
2. Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM, at 23s
3. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix, at 40s
4. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, at 1-08
5. Ben Tulett (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 1-12
6. Mauro Schmid (Sui) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, at 1-17
7. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-EasyPost, at 1-18
8. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma, at 1-19
9. Michael Hepburn (Aus) Team BikeExchange-Jayco, at 1-24
10. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers, in same time
Giro d'Italia general classification after stage 21
1. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe, in 86-31-14
2.Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers, at 1-18
3. Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain-Victorious, at 3-24
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team, at 9-02
5. Pello Bilbao (Esp) Bahrain-Victorious, at 9-14
6. Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, at 9-28
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe, at 13-19
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, at 17-29
9. Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-EasyPost, at 17-54
10. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Trek-Segafredo, at 18-40
Giro d'Italia points classification after stage 21
1. Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, on 254 pts
2. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates, on 136pts
3. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, on 132pts
Giro d'Italia mountains classification after stage 21
1. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, on 294pts
2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, on 163pts
3. Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, on 102 pts
Giro d'Italia young rider classification after stage 21
1. Juan Pedro López (Esp) Trek-Segafredo, in 86-49-54
2. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain-Victorious, at 5-43
3. Pavel Sivakov (Fra) Ineos Grenadiers, at 23-03
Giro d'Italia team classification after stage 21
1. Bahrain-Victorious, in 259-48-12
2. Bora-Hansgrohe, at 4-07
3. Ineos Grenadiers, at 1-22-29
LEADER OF THE GENERAL CLASSIFICATION, PINK JERSEY EXPLAINED
The pink jersey, or maglia rosa, is worn by the rider who has made it around the route faster than anyone else. Whoever wins stage one will wear the jersey on stage two and lead the overall or general classification with a certain gap to the next rider.
If the leader loses time to someone else, he would then hand over the lead of the race to the rider who is now the best placed after that stage. This will continue through the 21 stages.
LEADER OF THE MOUNTAINS CLASSIFICATION, BLUE JERSEY EXPLAINED
The mountains jersey, the maglia azzurra, unlike at the Tour de France, is not a polka-dot jersey but rather just a solid blue one.
Riders will battle to take the jersey by getting into breakaways and attempting to take as many mountains points as they possibly can along the way. The early stages don't have too many categorised climbs, so we will have to wait until the race gets to Italy for decisive action.
There are no high-category climbs in the Giro d'Italia but there is one special climb called the 'Cima Coppi' which is the highest point of the race, this year's is due to be the Passo Pordoi.
The points are as followed, a category four climb gives you three, two and one points for the first three over the top, category three climbs have nine, four, two and one points available. A category two gives the riders 18, eight, six, four, two and one points with the category one climb giving out 40, 18, 12, nine, six, four, two and one points to the first eight riders over the top.
The special thing about the 'Cima Coppi' is that is gives a huge amount of points to the rider who goes over the top first. The leader takes 50 points that could potentially change the leader of the classification with a further 30, 20, 14, 10, six, four, two and one points left after that.
LEADER OF THE POINTS CLASSIFICATION, PURPLE JERSEY EXPLAINED
The points jersey is purple or as the race puts it ciclamino. It is given to the rider who collects the most points over the race.
In recent years the race has aimed the jersey more towards the fast men with more points given to riders on designated sprint stages with the top 15 on the stage taking 50, 35, 25, 18, 14, 12, 10, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two and one points. The intermediate sprints also give a lot more points too on these days with 20, 12, eight, six, four, three, two and one points available. These days are stages one, three, 11 and 18.
On days that are not considered sprint stages the points fall to 25, 18, 12, eight, six, five, four, three, two and one points with intermediate sprints handing out 10, six, three, two and one points out. These days are stages five, six, eight and 13.
The biggest of mountain stages favour the mountains jersey more over the points with 15, 12, nine, seven, six, five, four, three, two and one points available at the finish but with more points in the intermediate sprint to encourage battles in the breakaways with 12, eight, six, five, four, three, two and one points available.
LEADER OF THE YOUTH CLASSIFICATION, WHITE JERSEY EXPLAINED
The final jersey available is the white best young riders jersey. This is calculated the same as the pink jersey but only riders who were born after January 1, 1997 (under 25) can compete for it.
TEAM CLASSIFICATION EXPLAINED
The team classification works by calculating the cumulative time of the three best placed riders from each team. The lowest time is top.
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