As the 2022 cycling season has come to a close, it is time to rank the top 10 climbing performances of the year. An admittedly hard task, considering the multitude of impressive performances from various riders throughout the year. The climbing speeds especially exploded when summer arrived after the Giro d'Italia, with eight of the ten entries in the list coming after the month of May.
Tadej Pogačar again tried to find weakness in Jonas Vingegaard in the first Pyrenean stage, with the Dane responding fairly easily to his accelerations in Tour de France Stage 16. Vingegaard despite having a 2:22 min lead over Pogačar, and Wout van Aert waiting at the top of the Peguere climb, rode stage as passively without testing Pogacar on the steep climb. Vingegaard must take as much time where possible, and this scorching day was potentially another opportunity to have done so.
Jumbo-Visma climbing performances in Criterium du Dauphiné were strong. On the hardest climb of the race, Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič set a blistering time up Plateau de Solaison, beating the previous record for the climb set by Jakob Fuglsang in the 2017 Dauphiné by almost two minutes. Vingegaard this year has improved his consistency and climbing ability and might be even stronger than Roglič, who seemed to struggle in his wheel on stage 8 and did not pull as much as the young Dane.
No one has stopped Tadej Pogačar in 2022, who won Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6 in dominant fashion, dropping everyone on the steep Monte Carpgena climb, where mythical climber Marco Pantani used to train back in the 1990s.
It was an anti-climatic day in Tirreno-Adriatico. The biggest GC riders, Pogačar, Evenepoel and Vingegaard, made a big mistake after Evenepoel had attacked, riding in the wrong direction as they were reducing the gap to the day's breakaway.
The Slovenian single-handedly closed down multiple attacks on the last climb when his domestiques could not do it, and sprinted to his 5th World Tour-level victory in 2022, taking the blue leader's jersey as a bonus.
Jonas Vingegaard showed impressive power on climbs and flat sections, winning Drome Classic, his first one-day race victory.
After Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2021, where defending champion, Tadej Pogačar crushed his competition on…