Giro d'Italia 2022 Giro d'Italia, Stage 2: Budapest – Budapest 9.2 km ITT (Saturday, May 7th)

From @Eshnar's excellent 2022 Giro d'Italia: Stage-by-stage Analysis thread: https://forum.cyclingnews.com/threads/2022-giro-ditalia-stage-by-stage-analysis.37819/#post-2691558

Stage 2: Budapest – Budapest 9.2 km ITT
Saturday, May 7th, 14:00 CET





Technical Overview:
So, the “prologue” is now stage 2 instead. It is a short and technical time trial that accounts for 35% of the total ITT kms of this race, so the specialists really need to make it count… The riders will start from Heroes’ Square and make a nice tour of the city, eventually reaching and crossing the Danube, after which they will face a short climb that will bring them to the finishing line in front of Matthias Church. This climb, (GPM4, 1.3 km at 4.9%) starts with a very decent 300m at over 9%, before easing off in the final km.

Final km:



The Climbs:

Budapest
: GPM4, 1.3 km at 4.9%
Very steep at the beginning, just a false flat in the end. The sudden change of gradient might make things interesting in an ITT.



What to expect:
As in all short time trials, a specialist to win and some gaps between the GC men, but nothing too important.



Budapest
 
Yeah I think VDP has proven he can dig deep in TT when he needs to. And the route looks perfect for him: short, explosive, techcnical.

Dumoulin will give him a run for his money though.
I'm not sure VdP is as good as last year during the Tour though. Every short TT he's done he's basically been losing the equivalent of 20s or more on such distance.
 
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