Yates celebrates time trial in Budapest

Van der Poel defends Maglia Rosa

By Kevin Kemp


Simon Yates (BikeExchange) Celebrates Its First Walking Success In A GrandTour | Photo: Cor Vos

07.05.2022 | (rsn) – The 2nd stage of the Giro d’Italia ended with a sensation. Simon Yates (BikeExchange – Jayco) was three seconds faster than Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin – Fenix) at the end of the time trial in Budapest after 9.2 kilometers. Another two seconds later, Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo – Visma) finished the race in third place. Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange – Jayco) was fourth ahead of Ben Tulett (Ineos Grenadiers). Lennard Kennan (Bora – hansgrohe) sat for a long time in the hot seat and finally had the eighth best time.

Although Yates was considered one of the top two favorites for overall victory, he has hardly been noticed as a time trial player. “I did not expect it, but I take victories as they come,” the Briton beamed in the goal interview. He, too, had to look for an explanation for the unexpected triumph and then found it in the material: “We invested a lot of time in the bikes with our partners, and it has now paid off.”

But not only was his equipment fantastic on Saturday, but also the Briton himself. ” It was definitely my best time trial so far. It was my second time trial victory and my first in a GrandTour, “said the Vuelta winner in 2018.” It’s a party too, but you have to look at the bigger picture over the next few weeks, “he added, alluding to it fact.that there are still many tough stages ahead of the Briton who has now become the top favorite for overall victory.

Dumoulin had started right in front of Yates. The Dutchman crossed the finish line with a new best time, which he immediately had to hand over to the Briton, who had started a minute after him. “I gave everything I could not do more,” he summed up for Eurosport immediately after his arrival. Disappointed, he looked for explanations. ‘There was a corner here and there that could have gone faster. I did not have many reserves left on the climb. It’s a shame, ‘he looked back. He had missed the targeted pink jersey as today’s victory.

Van der Poel kept it as he was the last starter between Yates and Dumoulin. “I would have signed and accepted it immediately before the race. I had a good time trial. The gap to the first is small and I bought an extra roof in pink,” he summed up. This one day will probably be extended again. – Usually is who asked tomorrow, so I will probably take the shirt to Sicily, he predicted.

Bora – hansgrohe can look back on the second stage with mixed feelings. While Emanuel Buchmann fell and lost 57 seconds in 95. Kämman could convince in eighth place. Wilco Kelderman finished the time trial in seventh place, one place ahead of the man from Bremen. As a result, the Dutchman remains in fifth place in the overall standings. Jai Hindley also lived up to expectations in a 32nd place.

In the overall standings, van der Poel is eleven seconds ahead of Yates. Dumoulin is third, 16 seconds left. Sobrero has taken over the white jersey from Biniam Girmay (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert). Van der Poel defended his place in the sun in the points classification as well as his lead in the mountain classification. However, the mountain jersey will be worn by Rick Zabel (Israel – Premier Tech) on Sunday. The German sprinted up in today’s mountain classification as the fastest and thus secured the points. He is right on point with the Dutchman, who is officially still in the lead.

This is how the race went:

Alex Dowsett (Israel – Premier Tech), who previously won a Giro stage in a time trial in 2013, set the first meal that both teammate Alessandro de Marchi and Lawson Craddock (BikeExchange – Jayco) missed by less than a second.

About an hour after the Briton, Jos van Emden (Jumbo – Visma) improved the top time by four seconds. However, he could only celebrate briefly, for his teammate Edoardo Affini was nine seconds faster just a few minutes later.

Up to Kennan nothing happened at the top of the standings, the German improved the temporary best time by five seconds. Although he lost a bit of his cushion on the climb, he saved a two-second lead over the finish line. Thymen Arensman (DSM) came within half a second of the 25-year-old, only Sobrero beat his best time by five seconds. Tobias Foss (Jumbo Visma) pushed himself directly behind the Italian time trial champion and in front of Kämna.

Dutch champion Dumoulin improved that time by another seven seconds, but Yates already rolled in just behind him. He was another five seconds faster than the Limburger. As the last rider, van der Poel came very close to the winner without being able to beat him.

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