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GIRO’22 Stage 15: Brave Ciccone Solo Victory

Giro Stage 15 Race Report: Giulio Ciccone courageously left the ‘break of the day’ with 18 kilometres to go to the end in Cogne for a solo win. Behind him the peloton have been blissful to remain collectively as INEOS Grenadiers piloted the pink jersey of Richard Carapaz into the ultimate week.

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The ultimate kilometre of stage 15

‘Higher than sporting the yellow jersey’ – Giulio Ciccone takes one other Giro stage win

Giulio Ciccone was the winner of Sunday’s mountain stage within the Giro d’Italia ending in Cogne. The Trek-Segafredo climber, who rode the final 18 kilometres solo, was the most effective of a number one group of 25 riders in stage 15. That is Ciccone third stage win within the Giro. There was no issues for Richard Carapaz’s pink jersey. Solely Guillaume Martin managed to get time on the remainder of the favourites.

Carapaz within the pink

The Route:
A colossal Alpine stage throughout the Aosta Valley. Initially, the route runs by way of the Canavese and the Dora Baltea valley, all the best way to Aosta. The stage course then takes in three lengthy consecutive ascents to Pila, Verrogne and Cogne. At over 10km every, these climbs are on extensive and well-paved roads, with a variety of hairpins in-between. Every is adopted by a fast-running descent, with the identical options. At over 22km, the sharp closing climb ultimately turns into an extended false-flat, all the best way to the end.

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Closing kilometres
During the last 4km, from the centre of Cogne (with a brief stretch of flagstone) all the best way to the end, the gradient hovers round 2.5% (kicking up a little bit simply outdoors Cogne). The house straight is 300m lengthy.

The chief’s jersey on the start-line

The massive battles of the day got here within the first 80 kilometres of the stage. After the laborious day in Turin, many riders knew {that a} break would have an opportunity on the mountainous street to Cogne. As a consequence of some nervousness within the peloton, there was a crash within the peloton early within the stage. Among the many fallers was the pink jersey Richard Carapaz, however there was no downside.

One other powerful day with three massive climbs

As a result of many assaults on the entrance, a number of teams bought away together with Hurt Vanhoucke, Lennard Kämna, Sylvain Moniquet, Alessandro De Marchi, Sam Oomen, Mauri Vansevenant and Giulio Ciccone. However all these makes an attempt have been pulled again by the peloton.

The peloton going out by way of the beginning city of Rivarolo Canavese

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Earlier than the primary climb of the day, a big main group, consisting of 25 males, escaped. Amongst them Mathieu van der Poel, Dries De Bondt, Julius van den Berg, Koen Bouwman, Sam Oomen, Gijs Leemreize, Thymen Arensman, Martijn Tusveld and Bauke Mollema, together with David De la Cruz, Santiago Buitrago, Hugh Carthy, Iván Ramiro Sosa, Giulio Ciccone and Davide Formolo.

Stage 15 of 177 kilometres to Cogne

Earlier than Pila-Les-Fleurs (12.2km at 6.9%), the main group had gained a 4 minute lead from the INEOS Grenadiers led group. Carapaz’s staff saved the hole small; Arensman was closest on the general at 11:47. Bouwman was not proud of the pace within the main group and went solo within the hunt for KOM factors. With a lead of fifty seconds, the stage winner in Potenza got here excessive to take 40 mountain factors. The peloton adopted 5 minutes after Bouwman.

Simon Yates and Richard Carapaz each bought caught in an early crash

After an extended descent, Bouwman had a brief experience within the valley earlier than the Cat 1 climb to Verrogne (13.8km at 7.1%). Van der Poel and Tusveld rode a quick descent and joined Bouwman simply earlier than the climb. The three had 1:30, after which the group behind exploded on Verrogne.

Carapaz appeared okay after the crash

Ciccone, Buitrago and Antonio Pedrero bought collectively and joined Tusveld and Van der Poel 8 kilometres from the highest. Bouwman, who was now the KOM, had performed sufficient and after a double assault from Ciccone, Van der Poel and later additionally Tusveld have been dropped. Ciccone, Buitrago and Pedrero have been unnoticed entrance, though Carthy got here throughout earlier than the highest. Rui Costa was shut behind, however was struggling.

Into the right mountains

Within the peloton, there was an try by UAE Workforce Emirates to select up the tempo on the Verrogne, however INEOS Grenadiers countered. Then it was Guillaume Martin, one in all yesterday’s losers, who attacked. The Frenchman ended up in a gaggle with the dropped Arensman.

Bouwman went searching for KOM factors

The ultimate climb to Cogne (22.4km at 4.3%) had steep sections particularly within the first 8 kilometres. Six riders began that climb, as a result of Tusveld and Costa managed to hitch on the descent. This was about 6 minutes forward of the favourites group with the pink jersey. Ciccone used the steep opening part of the ultimate climb to separate the main group. He succeeded and solely Carthy may comply with him.

The break was getting smaller

The peloton was blissful to let the stage go

At 18 kilometres from the end, Ciccone managed to shake off Carthy. Very quickly the Italian had a 40 second lead over Carthy and Buitrago, whereas additionally widening the hole to the peloton to greater than 8 minutes. Little occurred on the ultimate climb within the elite group. INEOS Grenadiers set the tempo, however there have been no assaults.

INEOS led the peloton

Up in the direction of the French border

On the entrance Ciccone prolonged his lead. 5 kilometres from the end, he had a lead of greater than 1:30 on his solely pursuer, Buitrago. Bahrain’s Colombian climber crossed the end line in second, forward of Antonio Pedrero and Hugh Carthy. Martijn Tusveld was in fifth place, greater than 4 minutes from Ciccone.

Guillaume Martin attacked to maneuver into the highest 10 total

Ciccone soloed the ultimate 18 kilometres

The favourites group crossed the end line slightly below 8 minutes after the stage winner. Guillaume Martin managed to take 1:46 minutes again on the opposite rivals together with his assault. The Frenchman is now within the prime 10 total. The pink jersey stays on the shoulders of Richard Carapaz.

An emotional win for Ciccone

Stage winner, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo): “That is my most stunning win, it’s higher than the yellow jersey on the Tour de France, higher than my first wins on the Giro as a result of I went by way of troublesome instances prior to now two years, with crashes, diseases and Covid. Right now I felt sturdy. I selected to assault solo with 19km to go as a result of it was the steepest a part of the climb and I wasn’t certain if I’d be capable of drop everybody in a while.”

Carapaz protected within the peloton

Maglia Rosa, Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers): “I had a small crash firstly of my first day within the Maglia Rosa however with no consequence in any respect. I simply needed to change bike. Then it went easily. The situation of the race was fairly good. The primary half was laborious. Then we had it underneath management.”

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Carapaz – Pink for every week?

Giro d’Italia Stage 15 Outcome:
1. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo in 4:37:41
2. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain-Victorious at 1:31
3. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar at 2:19
4. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Schooling-EasyPost at 3:09
5. Martijn Tusveld (DSM) DSM at 4:36
6. Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè at 5:08
7. Natnael Tesfatsion (Eri) Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli at 5:27
8. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
9. Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
10. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 6:06.

Giro d’Italia Total After Stage 15:
1. Richard Carapaz (Eu) INEOS Grenadiers in 63:06:57
2. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:07
3. João Almeida (Por) UAE Workforce Emirates at 0:30
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:59
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 1:01
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 1:52
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:58
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan at 3:00
9. Juan Pedro López (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 4:04
10. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 8:02.

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