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2022 Giro dell'Appennino (1.1), Italy

83rd edition: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Giro dell'Appennino podium history | 2022 edition | Course map & profile | Photos | Start list

Pasturana - Genova, 191.7 km

Louis Meintjes wins the 2022 Giro dell'Appennino, his first victory since 2015. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert photo

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Weather at the finish city of Genova (Genoa) at 1:20 PM, local time: 23C (74F), sunny, with the wind from the south at 10 km/hr (6 mph). There is just a 1% chance of rain.

The race: Here the report from race winner Louis Meintjes' Team Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert.

This Thursday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux climbed again on the podium in Genova, on the occasion of the Giro dell’Appennino (1.1). Two weeks after the second place of Lorenzo Rota in the twelfth stage of the Giro, the World Team left the city this time with the victory and third place.

The 83rd edition of the classic, presented a course of 192 kilometer with five categorized climbs through the Lugurian Appenines. The team directed by Valerio Piva and Bart Wellens showed its collective strength from the start of the race, by setting the pace in the peloton and catching the early breakaway of eight riders in the second race half. The seven riders led the bunch until the slopes of Pietralavezzara (6.2km at 7.7%).

It was on this penultimate climb that the peloton explosed, with only twelve riders remaining in the lead on top. Quinten Hermans, Louis Meintjes, Lorenzo Rota and Georg Zimmermann were present in this group and participated, immediately after the descent, in a succession of attacks on the Madonna della Guardia (6.9 km at 7.9%). Thanks to Meintjes and Zimmermann, the Belgian team continued to outnumber the competition in a group of five riders on top of this last climb.

In the end, eight riders battled for the victory in the final 15 kilometer towards Genova. After a first attempt of Georg Zimmermann, Meintjes attacked and managed to create a decisive gap. Thanks to the support of the German rider in the chasing group, the South-African climber began the final kilometer with an advantage of more than 1 minute on his chasers.

Louis Meintjes has plenty of time to sit up and enjoy his win.

At the end of a solo of more than 8 kilometers, Meintjes lifted his arms for the first time since 2015 and offered the team its twelfth victory of the season. Just behind, Georg Zimmermann sprinted to third place, joining his teammate in the podium ceremony.

The podium, from left: Natnael Tesfazion (2nd), Louis Meintjes (1st) & Georg Zimmermann (3rd). Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert photo

"It is an unbelievable feeling to be a part of such a strong team! From the start, Kobe Goossens and Simone Petilli controlled the race until I took over on the penultimate climb in order to make the final hard. The course suited Quinten Hermans and Lorenzo Rota really well and our initial goal was to give them the opportunity to start the last flat part towards the centre of Genova in a select group. But in the end, it turned out different, I was in the lead of the race with three other riders."

"I slowed down a little to enable Georg Zimmermann to join us. I still had good legs and his presence would make it easier to slip away. When he made the junction, we both noticed that our competitors hesitated. Georg motivated me to commit 100% and that's how I rode solo towards my first victory in seven years! This victory came a little unexpected and that's why it tastes so sweet! » « I made a lot of efforts these last couple of weeks to build my form, for example during a team altitude camp in Andorra. It pleased me to see how motivated everyone was to work hard. I was rewarded with nice results this week and I hope that my current condition will bring me more nice moments. I'm traveling to the Critérium du Dauphiné with a reinforced confidence!" - Louis Meintjes

“Two weeks after the magnificent performance of Lorenzo Rota, we came back to Genova and this time we won! Individually, our riders were very strong today. Not less than four riders followed the first group on top of Pietralavezzara. The race development was perfect for us, until Rota crashed a second time in the downhill and fell into the ravine with five others, because of oil on the road. Luckily, he only sustained abrasions. From the team car Rota could follow the fantastic victory of Meintjes, who perfectly executed our strategy by making a selection on the final climb. It was incredible to see how our South-African climber managed the flat final, with the support of a strong Zimmermann!" - Valerio Piva (Sport directeur)

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Complete results:

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131 riders on the start list, 126 actual starters, 49 classified finishers.

191.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.793 km/hr.

1 Louis Meintjes Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 4hr 56min 30sec
2 Natnael Tesfazion Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli @ 1min 37sec
3 Georg Zimmermann Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
4 Simon Clarke Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
5 Alessandro Verre Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
6 Paul Double MG.K vis s.t.
7 Alessio Martinelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
8 Ivan Moreno Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
9 Michel Ries Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
10 Alessandro Covi UAE Team Emirates 4:42
11 Giacomo Garavaglia Work Service-Vitalcare-Dynatek s.t.
12 Quinten Hermans Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
13 Nicolas Edet Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
14 Filippo Zana Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
15 Yeisson Casallas Colombia Tierra de Atletas s.t.
16 Marton Dina EOLO-Kometa s.t.
17 Andrea Garosio Biesse-Carrera s.t.
18 Alexis Guérin Team Vorarlberg 4:46
19 Davide Rebellin Work Service-Vitalcare-Dynatek s.t.
20 Santiago Umba Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli 9:21
21 Luca Chirico Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli s.t.
22 Alessandro Fancellu EOLO-Kometa s.t.
23 Andrea Debiasi Friuli ASD 9:51
24 Thomas Pesenti Beltrami TSA Tre Colli s.t.
25 Walter Calzoni Gallina Ecotek Lucchini s.t.
26 Stefano Gandin Team Corratec s.t.
27 Veljko Stojnic Team Corratec s.t.
28 Jan Bakelants Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
29 Luca Covili Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
30 Dayer Quintana Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
31 Nicolo Buratti Friuli ASD s.t.
32 Raul Colombo Work Service-Vitalcare-Dynatek s.t.
33 Dario Gómez Colombia Tierra de Atletas s.t.
34 Simone Petilli Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
35 Winner Anacona Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
36 Andrés Mancipe Colombia Tierra de Atletas s.t.
37 Oleksandr Shchypak Gallina Ecotek Lucchini 10:06
38 Krists Neilands Israel-Premier Tech 12:09
39 Lukas Rüegg Team Vorarlberg s.t.
40 Edgar Pinzon Colombia Tierra de Atletas s.t.
41 Alessandro Bisolti Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli s.t.
42 Omar El Gouzi Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
43 Riccardo Zoidl Team Vorarlberg s.t.
44 Alex Martin EOLO-Kometa s.t.
45 Matteo Amella Team Corratec s.t.
46 Lukas Meiler Team Vorarlberg s.t.
47 Oliver Stockwell Friuli ASD s.t.
48 Edoardo Sandri Friuli ASD s.t.
49 Kyrylo Tsarenko Gallina Ecotek Lucchini s.t.

 


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Course map & profile:

Race map

Race profile

2022 Giro dell'Appennino photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Team Corratec riders pick up their bikes before the race start.

It's a beautiful June day for a bike race in Liguria.

Another panorama shot.

Israel-Premier Tech riders speed down the Passo Della Castagnola

Louis Meintjes takes the race, alone.

Natnael Tesfazion (right) beats Georg Zimmermann for second.

Winner Louis Meintjes


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Start list with back numbers, June 1, 2022:

ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH
1 SAGIV Guy
2 NEILANDS Krists
3 NIV Guy
4 BERWICK Sebastian
5 HOLLYMAN Mason
6 FRIGO Marco
7 CLARKE Simon
INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT
11 ZIMMERMANN Georg
12 MEINTJES Louis
13 HERMANS Quinten
14 BAKELANTS Jan
15 ROTA Lorenzo
16 PETILLI Simone
17 GOOSSENS Kobe
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
21 ARDILA Andres
22 OLIVEIRA Ivo
23 POLANC Jan
24 TROIA Oliviero
26 COVI Alessandro
BARDIANI-CSF-FAIZANE'
31 COVILI Luca
32 ZANA Filippo
33 EL GOUZI Omar
34 MARTINELLI Alessio
35 NIERI Alessio
36 SANTAROMITA Alessandro
37 MULUBERHAN Henok
DRONE HOPPER-ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
41 TESFATSION Natnael
42 UMBA Abner
43 RAVANELLI Simone
44 CHIRICO Luca
45 CEPEDA Jefferson
46 BISOLTI Alessandro
47 ZARDINI Edoardo
EOLO-KOMETA
51 RAVASI Edward
52 DINA Marton
53 FANCELLU Alessandro
54 SEVILLA Diego
55 LONARDI Giovanni
56 BEVILACQUA Simone
57 MARTIN Alex
EQUIPO KERN PHARMA
61 LÓPEZ Jordi
62 LÓPEZ Diego
63 AGIRRE Jon
64 MORENO Iván
65 PARRA José
66 RUIZ S Ibon
67 BERRADE Urko
ARKÉA-SAMSIC
73 QUINTANA Dayer
74 ANACONA Winner
75 RIES Michel
76 VERRE Alessandro
77 EDET Nicolas
BELTRAMI TSA-TRE COLLI
81 PIRAS Andrea
82 PESENTI Thomas
83 FREDDI Matteo
84 AIMONETTO Pietro
85 CIBRARIO Luca
86 LOVERA Matteo
87 CEOLIN Federico
BIESSE-CARRERA
91 CIUCARELLI Riccardo
92 GOBBO Lorenzo
93 GAROSIO Andrea
95 MOTTA Alessandro
96 NORDAL Mattias
97 RODA Lorenzo
COLOMBIA TIERRA DE ATLETAS
101 PINZÓN Edgar
102 VARGAS Brayan
103 MANCIPE Andres
104 AVILA Freddy
105 CASALLAS Yeisson
106 GOMEZ German
107 MOLANO Brayan
FRIULI ASD
111 MIHOLJEVIC Fran
112 SANDRI Edoardo
113 BURATTI Nicolo'
114 DE BIASI Andrea
115 STOCKWELL Oliver
116 TU Chih Hao
117 PETRELLI Gabriele
D'AMICO-UM TOOLS
121 FURLAN Matteo
122 GHISLANZONI Andrea
123 PELLEGRINI Lorenzo
124 ALVAREZ Jhon
125 VIEL Mattia
126 ROBERTI Luca
127 CHAVES Jhonatan
GALLINA ECOTEK LUCCHINI
131 BAUCE Davide
132 SHCHYPAK Oleksandr
133 FERRONI Lorenzo
134 GRANADOS Sergio
135 RESSI Diego
136 TSARENKO Kyrylo
137 CALZONI Walter
MG.K VIS
141 WRIGHT Paul
142 DOUBLE Paul
143 MARTINELLI Edoardo
144 SAVINI Daniel
145 STEDMAN Max
146 HOEKS Daan
147 SENS Connor
TEAM CORRATEC
151 STOJNIC Veljko
152 MURGANO Marco
153 AMELLA Matteo
154 BALDACCINI Davide
155 GANDIN Stefano
156 STÖCKLI Jan
157 MARZIALE Luca
TEAM VORARLBERG
171 MEILER Lukas
173 STÜSSI Colin
174 GUERIN Alexis
175 REUTIMANN Matthias
176 RÜEGG Lukas
177 ZOIDL Riccardo
WORK SERVICE-VITALCARE-DYNATEK
181 PASE Christian
182 GARAVAGLIA Giacomo
183 BURCHIO Federico
184 COLOMBO Raul
185 RICCI Riccardo
186 TORNABONI Luca
187 REBELLIN Davide