Giro d'Italia remains race of 'small details' as it hits big mountains

APRICA, ITALY - MAY 24: (L-R) Jai Hindley of Australia and Team Bora - Hansgrohe and Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers Pink Leader Jersey sprint at finish line during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 16 a 202km stage from Salò to Aprica 1173m / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 24, 2022 in Aprica, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Race leader Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) fight on stage 16 finish for four bonus seconds (Image credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Three mountain passes, 202 kilometres and some 5,250 metres of total climbing couldn’t separate the strongest riders at this Giro d’Italia. Stage 16 brought the gruppo over Goletto di Cadino, the Mortirolo and the Santa Cristina, the kind of terrain where the difference might be measured in minutes.

Instead, the day ended with Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) scrapping over four bonus seconds in Aprica, while João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) limited his losses to a minimum behind them. It’s been that kind of Giro.

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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.