Giro d'Italia 2022 Giro d'Italia, Stage 15: Rivarolo Canavese – Cogne 177 km (Sunday, May 22nd)

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Surprised that nobody tries anything before the rest day. We know that Ineos are not THAT strong.

2007 TDF stage in the Pyrenees that finished on a climb with only 5% gradients, and had heaps of action? And that was a lot earlier in the race.
Probably have a bit of sprinting for a few seconds in the last 500m. Until then it's kind of 2020 Tour Stage 6 going on in the péloton, although at least unlike that Tour stage coming off the back of a sprint stage so slow that nobody even bothered going up the road in the breakaway, this one comes off the back of a really keenly-fought stage where the riders have genuine cause to be exhausted. Big disappointment to see nothing happen the day before the rest day, but at the same time if they beefed up this stage (very easy to do in a region like the Valle d'Aosta) it probably neuters the action in yesterday's.
 
Surprised that nobody tries anything before the rest day. We know that Ineos are not THAT strong.

2007 TDF stage in the Pyrenees that finished on a climb with only 5% gradients, and had heaps of action? And that was a lot earlier in the race.
It can't be because the Pyrenees were the last mountain range in that Tour. Maybe your thinking about Tignes?

That stage was a lot harder than this one from the beginning.
 
Probably have a bit of sprinting for a few seconds in the last 500m. Until then it's kind of 2020 Tour Stage 6 going on in the péloton, although at least unlike that Tour stage coming off the back of a sprint stage so slow that nobody even bothered going up the road in the breakaway, this one comes off the back of a really keenly-fought stage where the riders have genuine cause to be exhausted.
All the more reason to attack IF you have good legs though, knowing that there is a greater chance that your rivals are tired.
 
Probably have a bit of sprinting for a few seconds in the last 500m. Until then it's kind of 2020 Tour Stage 6 going on in the péloton, although at least unlike that Tour stage coming off the back of a sprint stage so slow that nobody even bothered going up the road in the breakaway, this one comes off the back of a really keenly-fought stage where the riders have genuine cause to be exhausted. Big disappointment to see nothing happen the day before the rest day, but at the same time if they beefed up this stage (very easy to do in a region like the Valle d'Aosta) it probably neuters the action in yesterday's.
I don't think yesterday is affected at all by today. It was hardly the sort of effort that spends energy where otherse can save it.
 
On stages like today‘s, I very much miss some „WWF element“ in pro cycling. :)

How about having the race director, in the car, riding next to Hindley, and suddenly threatening Hindley and his fellow Boras with a rubber truncheon or something like this - just for the show, and the pleasure of us fans.

Just like, „This is WWF/RCS talk here… Hindley, you better attack, if you don‘t like this truncheon kissing your skinny legs!!“… ;)
 
I'm happy for Ciccione, but this is a * stage. I'm very rarely angry about things like this, I don't mind an uneventful flat stage even. But this is a * waste of a sunday.
I agree. And if they put a tough MTF today, then they probably don't race nearly as hard yesterday. But I don't get it. Not as if the rest of week 2 was tough (as far as gc is concerned).
 
All the more reason to attack IF you have good legs though, knowing that there is a greater chance that your rivals are tired.
Agreed, but that Tour stage was very divisive with some people arguing that it was a key part of endurance creating exhaustion despite the fact they clearly raced it at a slower pace than had anybody been trying. At least today there was a reason for riders to be tired. This is unfortunately a self-fulfilling prophecy, in that the longer they soft-pedal it, the less chance you have of making an attack mean anything, as there's less time for the domestiques to be burned off, and Ineos have several of them still there and riding pretty comfortably.

This is Jumbovism. Try to win by as little as possible. Get the lead and then ride every mountain stage in a group of 20 at the pace of your third best domestique, having enough numbers fresh to scare anybody else out of trying anything. At least, unlike in 2020, we got some decent stages before this tactic was deployed.
 
I don't think yesterday is affected at all by today. It was hardly the sort of effort that spends energy where otherse can save it.
If today is Tze Core - Saint-Panthaléon - Pila - Verrogne - Cogne, or you loop around to add San Carlo, or they use Pila-Ciel-Bleu instead of Cogne, then maybe the sort of efforts needed yesterday are different, but they probably don't blow it up so early and leave it to the last lap. Yesterday that was when Carapaz launched his move, but several riders had already been removed from contention by Bora's aggression before that and if the bunch is intact coming into the last lap, the time losses are going to be lesser.
 
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