Philippa York analysis: Combining the predictable and bizarre at the Giro d'Italia

TOPSHOT Team Wantys Eritrean rider Biniam Girmay Hailu celebrates on the podium after winning the 10th stage of the Giro dItalia 2022 cycling race 196 kilometers between Pescara and Jesi central Italy on May 17 2022 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
The Giro has mixed some predictable racing with stranger than fiction incidents (Image credit: Getty Images/composite)

The middle part of the Giro d'Italia seemingly started and concluded with Trek-Segafredo in the spotlight. Juan Pedro López had the race lead through the week until deposed by Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and the following day Giulio Ciccone reminded everyone why he was considered a possible overall contender with a dominant display on stage 15.

In between all manner of predictable and bizarre stuff happened which is typical of the Italian Grand Tour.

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Philippa York

Philippa York is a long-standing Cyclingnews contributor, providing expert racing analysis. As one of the early British racers to take the plunge and relocate to France with the famed ACBB club in the 1980's, she was the inspiration for a generation of racing cyclists – and cycling fans – from the UK.

The Glaswegian gained a contract with Peugeot in 1980, making her Tour de France debut in 1983 and taking a solo win in Bagnères-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees, the mountain range which would prove a happy hunting ground throughout her Tour career. 

The following year's race would prove to be one of her finest seasons, becoming the first rider from the UK to win the polka dot jersey at the Tour, whilst also becoming Britain's highest-ever placed GC finisher with 4th spot. 

She finished runner-up at the Vuelta a España in 1985 and 1986, to Pedro Delgado and Álvaro Pino respectively, and at the Giro d'Italia in 1987. Stage race victories include the Volta a Catalunya (1985), Tour of Britain (1989) and Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (1990). York retired from professional cycling as reigning British champion following the collapse of Le Groupement in 1995.