Giro 2022 Favourites stage 14: Hilly race to suit attackers

Koen Bouwman - Giro 2022 Favourites stage 14: Hilly race to suit attackersimage: Cor VosStage 14 boasts the raw materials for an immersive day of racing at the Giro. In under 150 kilometres the riders tackle a series of climbs before a downhill finish into Turin.

The race opens with a more or less flat section of 35 kilometres and from then on it’s all systems go. After two introducing climbs the riders enter a hilly circuit around Turin. It’s twice on the menu and two climbs stand out. The Bric del Duca – 5.5 kilometres at 8.1% – and the Colle della Maddalena – 5.5 kilometres at 5.6%.

The last time over the Colle della Maddalena is with 12 kilometres to go. That’s mostly on descent, although a small climb in the Parco del Nobile could change the dynamics of the finale. It’s crested 4.5 kilometres before the line.

One could argue that stage 14 is a condensed version of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Climbing and descending, those are essential credentials for those with the aim of winning this one. Not to mention an attacking spirit.

Favourites 14th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

*** Wout Poels, Lennard Kämna, Koen Bouwman, Mathieu van der Poel
** Tom Dumoulin, Davide Formolo, Bauke Mollema, Simon Yates, Giulio Ciccone
* Magnus Cort, Mauri Vansevenant, Mauro Schmid, Natnael Tesfatsion, Diego Rosa

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