Bardet flying steady under radar at Giro d’Italia 

VISEGRAD HUNGARY MAY 06 Romain Bardet of France and Team DSM rides whilst drinking during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 1 a 195km stage from Budapest to Visegrd 337m Giro WorldTour on May 06 2022 in Visegrad Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Romain Bardet rides with Team DSM teammates during 2022 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

So far, so very good. While other experienced Giro d’Italia contenders like Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan) and Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) have already seen their GC aspirations crumble in just four days, France’s Romain Bardet (Team DSM) remains very much on track to do battle in the overall in the Giro’s third week.

Eighth on the summit of the Etna on stage 4 and now 10th at 2:06, the 31-year-old is laying just 22 seconds behind the key point of reference in the GC, Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco). Bardet and teammate Thymen Arensmen were both well-placed throughout the Mount Etna ascent, too.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.