Early pace set by Simon Yates but Giro d’Italia remains a marathon

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - MAY 07: Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange - Jayco celebrates winning the stage on the podium ceremony after the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 2 a 9,2km individual time trial stage from Budapest to Budapest / ITT / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 07, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Short, early time trials at the Giro d’Italia can be deceptive. The inclination to project towards the future is tempered by the knowledge that, historically, such explosive efforts have not always been reliable indicators of readiness for an endurance race of this magnitude.

“In the Danube’s waves, past, present and future are all embracing in a soft caress,” wrote the poet Attila Joszef, whose statue gazed out upon the mighty river and the time trial course from its perch outside Budapest’s neo-gothic parliament building.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.