Romain Bardet: Nowhere to hide when Giro d’Italia hits Blockhaus

Team DSMs French rider Romain Bardet C rides during the 4th stage of the Giro dItalia 2022 cycling race 172 kilometers between Avola and EtnaNicolosi Sicily on May 10 2022 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
Bardet expects a turbulent stage 9 (Image credit: Getty Images)

In Naples, where seismic activity has defined the topography of the city, they know a thing or two about rising tension. The sinuous, urban circuit on stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia made for a day of gnawing, low-grade anxiety among the general classification contenders, but they all reached the finish on the seafront safely in the peloton. Nobody’s challenge saw Naples and died.

The tectonics of this Giro are slowly beginning to shift, however, and something has to give soon. The tense Neapolitan leg followed Friday’s arduous run through Basilicata mountain country, and fatigue is steadily diffusing through the gruppo. Romain Bardet (DSM) expects the first major jolt to the overall standings to come atop the Blockhaus on stage 9.

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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.