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2022 Giro d'Italia

Giro d’Italia 2022 – The Essential Preview

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Buongiorno and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 1 of the 2022 Giro d'Italia.

We're in Budapest for the 195km opening road stage from the Hungarian capital to the Visegrád citadel. 

The riders are signing on in and will soon line-up for the stage start.

The opening stage of the 2022 Giro d'Italia ends on the 5.6km climb to Visegrad citadel, with riders traversing a gradual but twisting road. 

The 195km Giro d'Italia stage 1 is flat, so it will all be about the rising finish. It is finely balanced, tempting the sprinters but also offering more aggressive riders a chance. 

Cyclingnews reporters Barry Ryan and Alasdair Fotheringham are at the start area in Budapest, chasing the latest news and interviews. 

The sun is out and the weather is warm as the riders begin to roll out of the start area.

The riders are tucked in behind the race director's black car, enjoying the start of another three-week Grand Tour and the cheers from the large crowds. 

Thomas de Gendt is up front near the director's car. Will he go in the early break today so that Lotto Soudal do not need to work on the front for Caleb Ewan? 

The riders appear relaxed with only one puncture in the neutralised sector and lots of riders stopping for natural breaks. 

The riders are fresh and ready to race after the Grande Partenza countdown in Budapest.

Lots goes on at the stage starts. 

195km to go

And we have the first attack! 

Two Drone Hopper riders have surged away. They are Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani. 

The peloton does not seem too worried and has let them go. 

190km to go

The peloton seems happy to roll along and let the attackers open a significant lead. 

185km to go

The first part of the 195km stage is on the M6 highway, so on wide, smooth roads. 

It is the first time and Grand Tour has started in Hungary and the 14th time the Giro has started outside of il Bel Paese.  

Hometown hero Attila Valter is one of three Hungarian riders in the race. 

Valter got a huge cheer at the start, with the local fans recognising him.

The Groupama-FDJ rider featured prominently in the early stages of last year's Giro, making a name for himself by defending the pink jersey with honour. 

Valter knows the climb to the finish and spoke about it in detail in our special stage preview. 

Click below to read the full stage preview. 

175km to go

It is surely up to Alpecin-Fenix to inspire a chase. There are some mind games going on between the teams. 

The race is into the Hungary countryside but there is little or no wind today and so little risk of crosswinds and echelons.  

Here are the attackers: Mattia Bias and Filippo Tagliani (Drone Hopper).  

165km to go

Finally, behind the Alpecin-Fenix team have started to lead the peloton.

The peloton is almost 8km behind the attackers. 

This was the roll out from Budapest. 

The Giro started in central Budapest

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