Remco Evenepoel and Primož Roglič keep performing at a high level in Volta a Catalunya and today both race favourites pushed the best ᵉw/kg performances of their career (without accounting for altitude, fatigue or heat).
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.
It was a hard day for GC riders in Itzulia Basque County stage 5. Remco Evenepoel showed some great legs and attacked from the peloton at the end of the Karabieta climb, forming a group containing all the major GC contenders except race leader Primož Roglič as well as Adam Yates. Evenepoel in the end lost in the uphill finish to Dani Martinez, but the Belgian became the new race leader after Vlasov was crashed by Jonas Vingegaard. The stage was won from the breakaway by 21-year-old Carlos Rodriguez who drafted for many kilometres behind Marc Soler and dropped the UAE-Emirates rider on the last categorized climb, taking his first pro victory.
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.
Matej Mohorič, taking every possible risk on the Poggio descent, gaining a few valuable seconds. Unsurprisingly, the big stars did not cooperate well behind him, as Mohorič soloed to become the first Slovenian to ever win Milano-Sanremo.
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.
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.
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.
Nairo Quintana has had a strong start to the season, as we saw at Tour de la Provence and Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var, where the Colombian destroyed his competition on both climbs and descents.