Giro 2022: Bouwman wins thriller, López still in pink

Koen Bouwman - Giro 2022: Bouwman wins thriller, López still in pinkfoto: Cor VosKoen Bouwman powers to victory on the punchy climb in Potenza. The Dutchman drops his breakaway companions with a strong surge to the line. Bauke Mollema and Davide Formolo finish in second and third, while Juan Pedro López stays in pink. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 7th stage 2022 Giro

1. Koen Bouwman (nld)
2. Bauke Mollema (nld) + 0.02
3. Davide Formolo (ita) s.t.
4. Tom Dumoulin (nld) + 0.19
5. Davide Villella (ita) + 2.25
6. Lennard Kämna (ger) + 2.59
7. Vincenzo Albanese (ita) s.t.
8. João Almeida (por) s.t.
9. Alejandro Valverde (spa) s.t.
10. Richard Carapaz (ecu) s.t.
– GC riders s.t.

GC after stage 7
1. Juan Pedro López (spa)
2. Lennard Kämna (ger) + 0.38
3. Rein Taaramäe (est) + 0.58
4. Simon Yates (gbr) + 1.42
5. Mauri Vensevenant (bel) + 1.47
6. Wilco Kelderman (nld) + 1.55
7. João Almeida (por) + 1.58
8. Pello Bilbao (spa) + 2.00
9. Richie Porte (aus) + 2.04
10. Romain Bardet (fra) + 2.06

11. Richard Carapaz (ecu) s.t.
12. Mikel Landa (spa) + 2.15
13. Thymen Arensman (nld) s.t.
14. Jai Hindley (aus) + 2.16
16. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 2.20
19. Giulio Ciccone (ita) + 2.32
21. Emanuel Buchmann (ger) + 2.39
22. Iván Sosa (spa) + 3.05

Race report
A lot of movement in the first 40 kilometres, but the peloton is still bunched on the first climb, Passo Colla. Then Wout Poels gives it a go. He reaches the summit solo, while Davide Formolo and Anthony Perez catch him on descent. Vincenzo Albanese, Fabio Felline, Andrea Vendrame, Jorge Arcas, Mattia Bais and Bauke Mollema also make it across.

The gap is still small when Richard Carapaz, Jhonatan Narváez and Mathieu van der Poel attack from the peloton. The trio joins the leaders before the attackers are caught.

Formolo and Arcas push on together. While the Spaniard can’t follow, Davide Villella rejoins his compatriot in the Monte Sirino climb. Wout Poels and Koen Bouwman are the first riders to bridge across on the climb before Tom Dumoulin, Diego Andres Camargo and Bauke Mollema extend the lead group to seven.

Poels loses contact on the Monte Scuro. Bouwman is the first rider at the summit and he moves into the KOM lead.

Dumoulin speeds on La Sellata and the only riders who are able to follow are Bouwman, Mollema and Formolo. An accelartion by Mollema distances Bouwman.

Formolo gives it a dig as well, but in the last kilometre before the summit the four come together.

Dumoulin is dropped on a small climb in Potenza, but the former Giro winner regains contact inside the last 3 kilometres. He pushes on and leads-out Bouwman in the final kilometres.

A strong surge in the first slopes of the finish climb and the Dutchman distances the others. He flies to the line, finishing 2 seconds ahead of Mollema and Formolo.

The main group crosses the line almost 3 minutes later with López on board. The Spaniard stays in the overall race lead.

Another interesting read: route 7th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia.

Giro d’Italia 2022 stage 7: routes, profiles, more

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