The Blockhaus told us a few things, but we are still a long way from resolving this Giro d’Italia 2022. Balance reigns supreme and now a treacherous second week lies ahead, altimetrically not too complicated, but nonetheless full of pitfalls which, with such a short GC, could tickle the fantasy of a few ranking men.
After a rest day on Abruzzo soil, the peloton will leave Pescara to head north and into Le Marche. The 196-kilometre stage from Pescara to Jesi is a bit of a classic, with a rather choppy second half of the race and the classic ups and downs of the Marche region that could make for a very entertaining finale. The most plausible scenarios seem to be two: the arrival of a breakaway or a fight between fast riders capable of holding on on the short climbs. We all remember Mathieu Van der Poel’s show in the stage of the walls at the Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 and the Jesi stage, although easier, will pass along some of those places, which is why the Dutchman will have to be kept an eye on. Also evocative will be the crossing of Filottrano, the town of the late Michele Scarponi.