But just as strong as the 29-year-old climbing ace presented himself in the fight against the clock – which was never his particular discipline – he now seems to be the big top favorite for the overall victory.
The co-favorites were pre-sorted, and the first clarifications were also made within the team of some racing teams on Saturday night – a German with a lot of misfortune was one of the losers: Emanuel Buchmann.
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However, two other Germans shone: Lennard Kennan with his time over 9.2 kilometers and Rick Zabel with over 1.3 kilometers. You can read why it was important here in the three things that stood out.
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1. Yates is ready to win the Giro – right?
“It was definitely my best time trial,” said Simon Yates (BikeExchange – Jayco) after his brilliant victory in Budapest. And he was probably right. For the fact that the Briton, who was traded as the second big favorite for the Giro victory in 2022 together with Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), in the fight against the clock of all things, would already pour his opponent for the pink sweater properly. , was not to be expected.
On the 9.2-kilometer course in the Hungarian capital, for example, Yates scored 17 seconds on Wilco Kelderman (Bora – hansgrohe), 18 seconds on Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) and 28 seconds on Carapaz – just three of the best placed co. favorites to call. Only Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo – Visma), behind whose mountain form there is a big question mark after the last few months’ performance, remained really close with five seconds behind.
The distances between most co-favorites were small, but the distance to today’s high-flyer was quite large considering the short distance. At the start of the Tour of Italy, Yates already looks to be in excellent shape and ready to win the Giro.
But be careful! Four years ago, the Briton dominated the first two weeks of the Giro and seemed to be on his way before collapsing completely in the difficult last week in the Alps.
“This is my first time trial victory on a Grand Tour, which also means celebrating. But you have to look at the overall picture in the next few weeks,” Yates said in Budapest.
2. Kelderman the most dangerous tip of the Bora treforken
Wilco Kelderman started the Giro strong as an ox. After finishing fifth in the Visegrád uphill sprint on Friday, he was also one of the best in the Budapest time trial and finished seventh. The Dutchman is fifth overall after two days, 24 seconds away from the pink jersey.
“My preparation for the Giro was not perfect because I could not train last week after my fall in Liege. But when I see this today, I can be happy,” said Kelderman at goal.
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Although the trip is still very long and the toughest days are still far away, it already seems clear which tip of the Bora treforken – the German team started the trip with three equal captains – is cutting sharpest.
Jai Hindley did well, but is still 45 seconds behind, and Emanuel Buchmann is again one of the unlucky ones at the Giro: the 2019 Tour-4 place fell in the time trial and lost a full 57 seconds to the winner Yates on Saturday. Despite a good start on Friday, he is already 1:08 minutes behind the pink jersey. It probably hurts more than the wounds from the fall.
Rick Zabel is a fox
If you can not win, be creative – that’s what Rick Zabel thought again in Budapest. The 28-year-old saved energy on the first seven kilometers of the time trial track through the Hungarian capital and rolled up to the last climb to the Fisherman’s Bastion, just to turn on the turbo there. Zabel needed 2: 14.32 minutes the last 1.3 kilometers to the finish line and was thus the fastest in this section.
What did it bring? The mountain jersey. For for the best time in the last climb there were three mountain points in Budapest. Zabel is now in second place in the mountain classification behind the winner of the opening round, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin – Fenix) in the battle for Maglia Azzurra, and can wear the popular special jersey on Sunday the 3rd stage, because van der Poel, as the overall leader, won the pink jersey.
This makes Zabel a repeat offender. Two years ago, at the opening time trial in Palermo, he put everything into the mountain prize, which was awarded over the first 1.2 kilometers just after the start in Monreale. And the coup also worked there, the next day Zabel drove in blue.
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