The 2022 season has been awash with races for almost two months straight, with plenty of high level climbing performances meriting an early Top 10 ranking. In this list only four climbing performances are from World-Tour races and perhaps you might have missed some of the under the radar ones, which came at races like Tour of Oman and Gran Camiño.
Despite bad tactics and pacing for others, Joao Almeida won Volta a Catalunya stage 4 mountain top finish on the Boí Taüll climb (13.0 km, 6.0%).
Volta a Catalunya is perhaps the best chance of the year for climbers who cannot time-trial well and are not born in Slovenia to take a WorldTour GC victory. For riders like Michael Woods or Nairo Quintana, it is a golden opportunity to win GC by purely out-climbing everyone else and securing much needed UCI points for their teams.
Once again, Primož Roglič almost lost a World Tour stage race in France on the last decisive day. Luckily for him, his Jumbo-Visma teammate, Wout Van Aert, was there to save him after Simon Yates dropped everyone on the Col d'Eze climb and threatened Roglič's 40 second GC lead in Paris-Nice stage 8.
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.
INEOS tried to put pressure on the race leader Primož Roglič with Adam Yates and Daniel Martinez' attacks on the Col de Turini climb, but the Slovenian was unbeatable, winning the queen stage of Paris-Nice with an impressive acceleration at the end of the hard climb. Roglič set a new Col de Turini record, beating Bernal and Quintana's time set in 2019 by 42 seconds.
Tadej Pogačar won the queen stage of the UAE Tour and secured the GC win in his UAE Team Emirates' home race.
The UAE-Emirates mountain train went full-gas today, following orders from their team leader Tadej Pogačar. It was not all smooth sailing, with the Slovenian having to mark multiple attacks by himself but at the end he won the bunch sprint easily on the Jebel Jais climb (18.8 km, 5.7%), taking also the leader's jersey.
Volta ao Algarve stage 2 ended with a bunch sprint on the Alto da Fóia climb of 7.7 km at 6.1%, after the headwind on the climb neutralised attacks from big riders and teams.
The season for Jan Hirt and Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux team could not have started much better. On the Queen stage of Tour of Oman, Intermarché's riders set the tempo on the mighty Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain), one of the hardest climbs used in races in the Middle East, springing their leader Jan Hirt to victory.