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2022 Giro d'Italia Preview & Betting Tips

Published: Apr 28, 2:14pm Last Updated: May 31, 11:28am Cycling 0 Comments 365 Views

2022 Giro d'Italia

The 2022 Giro d'Italia will be the 105th edition of the race, the official route is yet to be confirmed, there is speculation that it will start in Budapest, Hungary which was the original plan for 2020 before having to be altered and it is expected to start with the time trial which is expected to be followed by two flat stages, the first taking the riders to Györ and then a route from Székesfehérvár to Nagykanizsa but this is all yet to be confirmed.

For Giro d'Italia predictions and betting tips be sure to head over to our dedicated cycling predictions page to see who the OLBG tipsters are backing to win the race and also the daily head-to-head markets and stage markets too. Alternatively, you can try our Best Cycling Tipsters page which displays only tipsters who have open tips and over the past twelve months has shown a profit.

Is the Giro d'Italia on tv? Yes, you can watch the action unfold live on Eurosport 1 over the three weeks.

2021 Giro d'Italia Route - Phase 1 (Recap)

The race started on the 8th of May with individual time trials in Torino over a distance of nine kilometres, the riders had to contend to ten consecutive stages before their first rest day of the race which came on Tuesday 18th of May. This first phase consisted of four flat stages, a hill stage, a mountain stage and three intermediate stages.

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 8 May Torino 8.6 km Individual time trial Filippo Ganna (ITA)
2 9 May Stupinigi to Novara 179 km Flat stage Tim Merlier (BEL)
3 10 May Biella to Canale 190 km Hilly stage Taco van der Hoorn (NED)
4 11 May Piacenza to Sestola 187 km Intermediate stage Joe Dombrowski (USA)
5 12 May Modena to Cattolica 177 km Flat stage Caleb Ewan (AUS)
6 13 May Grotte di Frasassi to Ascoli Piceno 160 km Intermediate stage Gino Mäder (SUI)
7 14 May Notaresco to Termoli 181 km Flat stage Caleb Ewan (AUS)
8 15 May Foggia to Guardia Sanframondi 170 km Intermediate stage Victor Lafay (FRA)
9 16 May Castel di Sangro to Campo Felice 158 km Mountain stage Egan Bernal (COL)
10 17 May L'Aquila to Foligno 139 km Flat stage Peter Sagan (SVK)

2021 Giro d'Italia Route - Phase 2 (Recap)

After the rest day on the 18th of May, the riders faced six more stages which were demanding, there was only one flat stage in there as the mountain stages start to come into play and started sorting the riders out before their final rest day which came on Tuesday 25th of May.

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
11 19 May Perugia to Montalcino 162 km Hilly stage Mauro Schmid (SUI)
12 20 May Siena to Bagno di Romagna 212 km Intermediate stage Andrea Vendrame (ITA)
13 21 May Ravenna to Verona 198 km Flat stage Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA)
14 22 May Cittadella to Monte Zoncolan 205 km Mountain stage Lorenzo Fortunato (ITA)
15 23 May Grado to Gorizia 147 km Hilly stage Victor Campenaerts (BEL)
16 24 May Sacile to Cortina d'Ampezzo 212 km Mountain stage Egan Bernal (COL)

2021 Giro d'Italia Route - Phase 3 (Recap)

The riders started their final set of stages on Wednesday the 26th of May with a mountain stage from Canazei to Sega di Ala which was followed by their final flat stage before two demanding mountain stages and then it concluded with the normal individual time trial with the riders making their way to Milan.

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
17 26 May Canazei to Sega di Ala 193 km Mountain stage Dan Martin (IRL)
18 27 May Rovereto to Stradella 231 km Flat stage Alberto Bettiol (ITA)
19 28 May Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera 176 km Mountain stage Simon Yates (GBR)
20 29 May Verbania to Valle Spluga 164 km Mountain stage Damiano Caruso (ITA)
21 30 May Senago to Milano 30.3 km Individual time trial Filippo Ganna (ITA)

2021 Giro d'Italia Teams (Recap)

The nineteen UCI WorldTeams all competed in the race this year as they were obliged to do so and they were joined by four ProTeams. The ProTeams were made up of the best performing ProTeam in 2020 which is the Belgium team Alpecin–Fenix, the other three teams were selected by the organisers of the race, RCS Sport and they are all Italian teams with Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec, Bardiani–CSF–Faizanè and Eolo–Kometa all competing.

There are five countries that made up more than one of the teams, Belgium being the most represented with four teams in the race:

  • Deceuninck–Quick-Step
  • Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux
  • Lotto–Soudal
  • Alpecin–Fenix (ProTeam)

France joins Belgium with three WorldTeams in the race which are:

  • AG2R Citroën Team
  • Cofidis
  • Groupama–FDJ

Italy as already mentioned have three teams in the race, none of these are WorldTeams though, all three are the ProTeams:

  • Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec (ProTeam)
  • Bardiani–CSF–Faizanè (ProTeam)
  • Eolo–Kometa (ProTeam)

Whilst the USA and Germany both have two teams competing for each:

  • Bora–Hansgrohe (Germany)
  • Team DSM (Germany)
  • EF Education–Nippo (USA)
  • Trek–Segafredo (USA)

The remaining nine competing teams come from around the world and are the only teams from those countries:

  • Team BikeExchange (Australia)
  • Team Bahrain Victorious (Bahrain)
  • Israel Start-Up Nation (Israel)
  • Astana–Premier Tech (Kazakstan)
  • Team Jumbo–Visma (Netherlands)
  • Team Qhubeka Assos (South Africa)
  • Movistar Team (Spain)
  • Ineos Grenadiers (UK)
  • UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

Past Giro d'Italia General Classification Winners

Here are the last ten winners of the Giro d'Italia general classification, Italian riders do have a great record in the race with forty-one Italian riders winning a total of sixty-nine of the previous general classifications, however, the tide is turning, since 2008, only four of the thirteen events have been won by Italian riders which include none of the last four, Vincenzo Nibali success in 2016 was the last.

Year Winner Team Stage Wins
2021 Egan Bernal Ineos Grenadiers 2
2020 Tao Geoghegan Hart Ineos Grenadiers 2
2019 Richard Carapaz Movistar Team 2
2018 Chris Froome Team Sky 2
2017 Tom Dumoulin Team Sunweb 2
2016 Vincenzo Nibali Astana 1
2015 Alberto Contador Tinkoff–Saxo 0
2014 Nairo Quintana Movistar Team 2
2013 Vincenzo Nibali Astana 2
2012 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin–Barracuda 0

There has not been a back-to-back winner since Miguel Indurain achieved this feat in 1992-93, prior to him you have to go all of the way back to the 1960s to find the previous rider to win it back-to-back and that was Franco Balmamion in 1962-63 and it will not be happening in 2021 either as defending champion Tao Geoghegan Hart will not be defending his title as he will be focusing on the TDF and Olympics instead in 2021. Vincenzo Nibali was the last homegrown rider to win the race and looks set to compete in 2021 for the USA team Trek–Segafredo, could he roll back the years and taste success?

Past Giro d'Italia Mountains Classification Winners

This goes to the rider who performs best over the mountains, the King of the Mountains! Each climb is given classification and points are award based on difficulty and bonus points also go on offer. Italy and Spain have been the two most dominant forces in this market winning a total of fifty-five between them with thirty-nine for Italy and Sixteen for Spain and since 2007 the winner has come from either of those two counties in ten of those fourteen years.

Year Winner Team Points Margin Stage Wins
2021 Geoffrey Bouchard AG2R Citroën Team 184 44 1
2020 Ruben Guerreiro EF Pro Cycling 234 77 1
2019 Giulio Ciccone Trek–Segafredo 267 152 1
2018 Chris Froome Team Sky 125 17 2
2017 Mikel Landa Team Sky 224 106 1
2016 Mikel Nieve Team Sky 152 18 1
2015 Giovanni Visconti Movistar Team 125 3 0
2014 Julián Arredondo Trek Factory Racing 173 41 1
2013 Stefano Pirazzi Bardiani Valvole–CSF Inox 82 37 0
2012 Matteo Rabottini Farnese Vini–Selle Italia 84 40 1


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