The Giro Donne GC battle wasn’t affected by Stage 2 with no time lost at all by the contenders. Stage 3 however is a different matter after a late confusion about the correct route in the last few kilometres. There’s a chance the times from that stage are still altered but for now, I’m taking them as they are.
We’ve seen a pair of hugely impressive sprint victories since I last looked at the GC on Stage 1. Elisa Balsamo won Stage 2 from Marianne Vos and then Marianne Vos won Stage 3 from Charlotte Kool.
Giro Donne 2022 GC battle
The opening time trial created some gaps on the GC to get things started. The issue for those riders on these stages was always to keep themselves out of trouble and ensure they don’t leak any extra seconds to their rivals. For the riders already behind Annemiek van Vleuten, giving her free extra time really doesn’t help their chances. The splits at the end of Stage 3 created a couple of different levels for those who lost time. The initial split wasn’t too bad and those riders only lost 6 seconds. Not ideal but terrible in the big scheme of things. For those more affected by the route issues, 43 seconds seems to be about the average time lost.
Olivia Baril is the first GC rider to DNF the Giro Donne 2022.
Unofficial Giro Donne 2022 GC ranking
|2||Elisa Longo Borghini||Trek-Segafredo||+3″|
|3||Annemiek van Vleuten||Movistar||+4″|
|4||Marta Cavalli||FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope||+13″|
|5||Juliette Labous||Team DSM||+16″|
|6||Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig||FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope||+16″|
|8||Soraya Paladin||Canyon SRAM||+19″|
|9||Mavi Garcia||UAE Team ADQ||+24″|
|10||Elise Chabbey||Canyon SRAM||+24″|
|11||Niamh Fisher-Black||SD Worx||+31″|
|12||Evita Muzic||FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope||+32″|
|13||Erica Magnaldi||UAE Team ADQ||+36″|
|14||Krista Doebel-Hickok||EF Education-TIBCO-SVB||+44″|
|16||Mikayla Harvey||Canyon SRAM||+1’03”|
|17||Erica Magnaldi||UAE Team ADQ||+1’13”|
The biggest changes are mostly for those nearer the bottom anyway, which is unfortunate for them. Realini, Koppenburg, Magnaldi and Harvey were all affected by being sent in the wrong direction. Mavi Garcia only moved back one position after losing 6 seconds in the same incident. Faulkner lost 6 seconds whilst acting as a lead-out for Georgia Baker. That means that collectively, the front moves a bit closer to the American. Longo Borghini and Van Vleuten are both now only a stage podium finish bonus away from that unofficial GC lead.