Tour of the Alps 2022: Bilbao sprints to triumph and leader’s jersey

Pello Bilbao - Tour of the Alps 2022: Bilbao sprints to triumph and leader's jerseyimage: Cor VosThe 2nd stage of the Tour of the Alps is a race with 3,200 metres of climbing. It comes down to a sprint of a small group. Pello Bilbao takes the spoils to move into the GC lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2nd stage 2022 Tour of the Alps

1. Pello Bilbao (spa)
2. Romain Bardet (fra) s.t.
3. Attila Valter (hun) s.t.
4. Felix Gall (aut) s.t.
5. Eddie Dunbar (gbr) s.t.
6. Pavel Sivakov (fra) s.t.
7. Esteban Chaves (col) s.t.
8. Mikel Landa (spa) s.t.
9. Richie Porte (aus) s.t.
10. Einer Rubio (spa) s.t.

GC after stage 2
1. Pello Bilbao (spa)
2. Romain Bardet (fra) + 0.06
3. Attila Valter (hun) + 0.12
4. Felix Gall (aut) + 0.16
5. Pavel Sivakov (fra) s.t.
6. Richie Porte (aus) s.t.
7. Esteban Chaves (col) s.t.
8. Eddie Dunbar (irl) s.t.
9. Einer Rubio (col) s.t.
10. Santiago Buitrago (col) s.t.

Race report
The route climbs from the start and it’s a high pace on the Passo Rolle. Thymen Arensman, Cian Uijtdebroeks, Felix Gall, Pavel Sivakov, Michael Storer, Jonathan Caicedo, Hermann Pernsteiner, Miguel Ángel López, Matteo Badilatti, and Vadim Pronskiy reach the summit in first position. Carl Fredrik Hagen, who is part of a chase group, manages to bridge across later.

While the maximum gap was 3.30 minutes, the eleven enter the Mendelpass with a lead of 2 minutes. Hagen and Pronskiy are dropped on the climb and the gap to the peloton goes down gradually. Which inspires Sivakov to head out on his own. Arensman, Pernsteiner and Storer rejoin him.

Pernsteiner sits up to wait for the peloton on the Gampenpass, while Sivakov speeds up 3 kilometres from the top. Storer follows the move and they reach the summit 1 minute ahead of the GC group.

The duo is caught on descent by 17 riders and in the ensuing sprint Bilbao finishes off a lead-out by Landa. He is the new GC leader, 6 seconds ahead of Bardet with Valter 12 seconds behind.

Another interesting read: route 2nd stage 2022 Tour of the Alps.

Tour of the Alps 2022 stage 2: route, profile, more

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