Outsider Koen Bouwman won stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia on Friday when four riders escaped from the main peloton along the 121 mile route from Diamante to Potenza. Spanish rider Juan Pedro Lopez of Trek retains the overall leader’s pink jersey while Simon Yates and Richard Carapaz finished at the same time as the other title pretenders 2:59 adrift of the winner. Bouwman rode the final miles with his Jumbo Visma team leader, the 2017 Giro winner, Tom Dumoulin, alongside Bauke Mollema and Italy’s Davide Formolo.
Mollema attempted and failed to drop the others from 1 mile out and when the four approached the line together Bouwman’s burst for the win was unstoppable.
“Tom was a great help because there were two of us, I’m really happy how it all went,” said Bouwman, who finished 12th at the Giro in 2021.
“As we came to the line I knew it was mine to win,” he said.
The peloton left Italy’s Mediterranean coast and climbed inland over the 4600ft Monte Sirino and the Mont Grand di Viggiano.
Saturday’s stage is raced around the great southern city of Naples finishing on the seaside promenade Via Francesco Caracciolo where Mark Cavendish won in 2013.
GIRO D’ITALIA 2022 STAGE 7 RESULTS
|2||Bauke MOLLEMA||Trek – Segafredo||0:02|
|3||Davide FORMOLO||UAE Team Emirates||0:02|
|6||Lennard KAMNA||BORA – hansgrohe||2:59|
|8||Joao ALMEIDA||UAE Team Emirates||2:59|
|9||Alejandro VALVERDE||Movistar Team||2:59|
|10||Richard CARAPAZ||INEOS Grenadiers||2:59|
GIRO D’ITALIA 2022 STANDINGS
|1||Juan LOPEZ||Trek – Segafredo||28:39:05|
|2||Lennard KAMNA||BORA – hansgrohe||0:38|
|3||Rein TAARAMAE||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:58|
|4||Simon YATES||Team BikeExchange – Jayco||1:42|
|5||Mauri VANSEVENANT||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||1:47|
|6||Wilco KELDERMAN||BORA – hansgrohe||1:55|
|7||Joao ALMEIDA||UAE Team Emirates||1:58|
|8||Pello BILBAO||Bahrain – Victorious||2:00|
|9||Richie PORTE||INEOS Grenadiers||2:04|
|10||Romain BARDET||Team DSM||2:06|
RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency