Ronde van Vlaanderen 2022 did not disappoint despite the absence of Belgian champion Wout van Aert. Tadej Pogačar is not a regular Tour de France champion, who just targets one big race a year, with the Slovenian showing his punch on the short Belgian cobble climbs, creating multiple splits throughout the day. Only Mathieu van der Poel could hold his wheel in the finale as the race ended with a sprint from a standing position between the Dutchman and Slovenian. As Van der Poel and the Slovene finessed, Maduoas and van Baarle returned from behind, boxing in Pogačar in the last 200 metres, whilst van der Poel opened up a huge sprint to win his second Ronde van Vlaanderen. The frustrated Pogačar only finished 4th as he was surpassed by Dylan van Baarle and Valentin Madouas who took podium honours.
It was a big day for cycling as Biniam Girmay became the first African cyclist to ever win Gent-Wevelgem. Girmay followed Christophe Laporte's attack from the peloton with 23 km to go, forming a strong four-man group.
An incredibly strong team performance by Jumbo-Visma squad in Paris-Nice stage 1, finishing 1-2-3 with Christophe Laporte, Wout Van Aert and Primož Roglič.