Kämna loses the Giro mountain jersey
Koen Bouwman (Jumbo – Visma) thanks his teammate Tom Dumoulin for the strong support | Photo: Cor Vos
13.05.2022 | (rsn) – After a tough and competitive 7th stage of the Giro d’Italia, Koen Bouwman (Jumbo – Visma) triumphed in Potenza. The 28-year-old Dutchman prevailed after 196 kilometers in the sprint against fellow fugitives Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) and Davide Formolo (UAE – Emirates). Lennard Kämna (Bora – Hansgrohe) led the standings in sixth place, but lost the mountain jersey to Bouwman. The general classification is still led by Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek – Segafredo).
“The feeling is incredible. Like then with the Dauphine,” said Bouwman, for whom this is only his second career win. The jumbo pro is normally a valuable aid for the riders of the Reorient Jumbo-Visma class. “Time wasted on Etna so we are trying something on the stages. Winning on the first attempt is indescribable,” said a beaming Bouwman.
Bouwman was supported on the run by his teammate Tom Dumoulin, who finished fourth. “Tom did a great job. I felt very good. I only had problems once in the mountains, but I came back and was full of confidence before the sprint. When I started I felt that there was still enough power 50 meters before. of the finish line I turned around and saw the gap ”, the winner described the final.
Bouwman puts on his mountain shirt
Jumbo – Visma took the first stage win at the Giro d’Italia in three years. “I am very happy for Koen. I had not planned to be in the lead, it was just a coincidence. I knew he would be the fastest, so the top priority was to drive him in the sprint”, Dumoulin was also happy with how the stage went. .
Bouwman also picked up enough points along the way to replace Lennard Kämna at the top of the mountain chart. The pink jersey remained unchanged on the shoulders of Lopez, who had a caregiver in the leading group in Mollema. “We didn’t have to take responsibility because we had Bauke in the lead. Today the goal was to stay with Kämna – and we wasted no time with him,” analyzed Lopez, who continues to lead the junior rankings. Maglia Ciclamino remains with Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ).
Here’s how the race went:
The low mountain range began with a furious pace and countless escape attempts. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin – Fenix) also tried to break away several times. Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) finally made it to the first mountain classification, where he also secured the points. A larger group then formed around the Dutch, Formolo and Mollema. She was promptly reinstated as Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) was able to join the group on the descent. The reaction of the other ranking teams was immediate.
Over the next course, Kämna attacked twice to create a good starting position for the mountain points. But the Bora pro was not ruled out until Formolo finally started the day’s group with 132 kilometers to go. In the following kilometers Davide Villella (Cofidis), Poels, Bouwman, Mollema, Dumoulin and Diego Carmago (Education First – Easy Post) reached Formolo. The septet was able to extend its lead to a maximum of 5:30 minutes. Calm returned to the field and Trek-Segafredo controlled the gap from the leading group in order not to compromise Lopez’s absolute advantage.
Bouwman, Formolo and Poels fought sprint duels in the mountain rankings, in which Bouwman always had the best finish and was able to collect 68 points at the end of the day. The first sprint score of the day also went to Bouwman. On the steep ramps of Monte Grande di Viggiano Poels withdrew from the leading group. With 41 kilometers to go, Bouwman tried to attack for the first time. However, he was immediately caught again.
Dumoulin works for Bouwman
On the last climb of the day after La Sellata, Carmago and then Villella were left behind. Dumoulin increased the time twice, but was later thwarted by Mollema and Formolo. Their attacks were also neutralized after a short time. Bouwman had problems for a short time but reached just before the summit.
In the last seven kilometers Mollema, who won the bonus sprint, and Formolo launched several attacks to outclass the more explosive Bouwman. But the Dutchman was careful and neutralized any speed increases. The exhausted Dumoulin fell behind with every attack, but kept coming back to set the pace and set a final sprint.
The last 300 meters were slightly uphill. Dumoulin started the sprint for Bouwman, who started almost 200 meters from the end. However, his pace increase was explosive enough to open a gap on Mollema and Formolo. Villella finished fifth behind Dumoulin before Kämna won the group sprint.