Instead of trying to escape, Yates duped the favorites in the final

Stage winner small consolation after the placement

By Kevin Kemp

Simon Yates Celebrates Sixth Giro Stage Victory of His Career | Photo: Cor Vos

21/05/2022 | (rsn) – At the end of the tough 14th stage, Simon Yates (BikeExchange – Jayco) celebrated his second stage victory in this Giro d’Italia. The Briton broke away from a four-man lead group on the last hill and crossed the finish line as a soloist. The sprint of the three pursuers won 15 seconds later Jai Hindley (Bora – hansgrohe) ahead of Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan). Carapaz took over the pink jersey from Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek – Segafredo), who finished in tenth place, one place behind Emanuel Buchmann (Bora – hansgrohe).

Yates, who is far behind in the overall standings, had marked the stage between Santena and Turin, but his intended tactics were originally quite different. “My plan was actually to get into the escape group. But it did not work. Therefore, we changed tactics,” explained the Englishman, who missed today’s group despite several attempts.

Surprisingly, however, the tide turned about 75 kilometers from the finish line. “Bora then took the initiative and I did my best to keep up,” said Yates, who at times had only six riders in his group halfway through the race. In the end, Bora reduced the field to thirteen riders, including today’s winner.

Bora kept up the pace and at Colle della Maddalena (2nd cat.) The group split. Yates was among the top four drivers and made the decisive attack with 4.5 kilometers to go. “I came here to win the race,” said the 29-year-old, still disappointed after having to give up his ambitions on the overall rankings on the final climb to Blockhaus three days ago. “I have already won five stage victories, it is now the sixth,” he said dryly when asked if the success was a little balm for his soul.

Today’s decisive team came from Germany, more specifically from Raubling. “We had a bold plan, we wanted to try it early,” Hindley explained when asked about his team’s offensive in the second half of the race. On the difficult circuit around Turin, they took on the tempo work and reduced the field to a few drivers did not achieve much from the top ten in the classification, only Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) missed the group. Wilco Kelderman (Bora – hansgrohe) showed a great performance in the service of the team and lost in the final, but he was 8:04 minutes behind Yates and fell back over ten minutes in the position.

Only Hindley got one second on Carapaz, 24 seconds on Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), who finished sixth and 36 seconds on seventh-placed Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious). But the Australian was not 100 percent satisfied either. “I’m obviously disappointed that it was not enough to win. But we showed we do not just want to compete,” the 26-year-old said.

The only 147 kilometer long stage through the low mountain range caused huge time differences, which led to large shifts in the classification. Carapaz is the new man in pink, with Hindley seven seconds behind in second place. Almeida remains in third place, now 30 seconds left. Lopez dropped from first to ninth place. Martin lost seven places and is listed as twelfth. Buchmann pushed past the Spaniard and the Frenchman, but had to let Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious), who was eighth, pass. The German thus improved to seventh place in the standings.

The mountain jersey remains on the shoulders of Diego Rosa (Eolo – Kometa), who won some points early in the race as a breakaway. Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) remains in the points jersey, and in addition to Rosa, Lopez also lost White. Almeida, who has already worn the jersey as a replacement, is now the best young rider in the Giro on paper.

This is how the race went:

With the best weather, the field started the race as stung by the bumble bee. At high speed, numerous small and large groups tried to break away from the field. Although neither team controlled the field, none were able to break away for a long time. The driver in the mountain classification, Rosa, secured the nine points on Il Pilonetto (3rd cat.).

While at the back among others Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and yesterday’s winner Demare had fallen behind and the previous overall winner Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo – Visma) had even given up the race, after 66 kilometers a breakaway group of twelve formed around Rosa, Ben Zwiehoff (Bora – hansgrohe), Joe Dombrowski (EF Education – EasyPost) and Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Movistar), who were 7:39 minutes behind and were best placed in the overall standings.

After the field had grown to three minutes after, Bora took command there. They quickly reduced the field of pursuers to nearly thirty riders and the advantage of the leading group. Shortly before the first passage at the finish line, 72 kilometers before the end, this group is also split. Only seven riders were in front, the rest of the field ran behind them in fragments. Three kilometers later, the Bora group overtook the leaders. Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) missed the jump into this group.

With 65 kilometers to go, Almeida overtook the fifteen leaders in the Superga climb (2nd cat.). Now Bora had used all the helpers, and therefore Kelderman set the pace. The Dutchman was able to distance Martin and Valverde further and secured the maximum 18 points ahead of Hindley and Buchmann both at the Supergaen and at Colle della Maddalena (2nd cat.).

Hindley continues the Bora attack

With 32 kilometers to go, shortly after the start of the last lap, Kelderman had to give up the Superga. His teammate Hindley immediately launched an attack. The group broke up into several pieces but were reunited until Carapaz broke out with an impressive attack with 28km left. A few seconds earlier, Lopez had to let the group go.

At the foot of Maddalena, who Carapaz tackled with 25 seconds left, Nibali attacked. Hindley was able to follow suit and left the Italian a little later. However, a period of disagreement ensued as the Aussie reached the front-runner, allowing both Nibali and Yates to catch up.

The quartet watched each other on the subsequent descent, but on the last ascent where there were no points to earn, Yates broke out with a powerful attack. His companions could not follow him and had to settle for positions two, three and four in the sprint, 15 seconds behind the solo winner.

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