Simon Yates 'ecstatic' with time gains but mindful of 'bigger picture' at Giro d'Italia

BUDAPEST HUNGARY MAY 07 Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange Jayco sprints next to the Hungarian Parliament in the city of Budapest during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 2 a 92km individual time trial stage from Budapest to Budapest ITT Giro WorldTour on May 07 2022 in Budapest Hungary Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) on his way to victory in the stage 2 time trial at the Giro d'Italia 2022 (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

After an ultra-predictable victory for Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) on Friday’s opening stage of the Giro d’Italia, Saturday’s time trial produced one of the race’s biggest surprises of recent years as Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) claimed the second TT win of his career and simultaneously delivered a major psychological blow to the opposition.

One indication of the scale of the surprise of Yates’ win was the mass stampede of Giro journalists in the finishing enclosure in hot pursuit of a first quote from Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) after the Dutchman claimed the provisional best time on the stage. 

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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.