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.
In the narrow and twisty final of Tirreno-Adriatico stage 2, Alpecin-Fenix sprinter Tim Merlier was victorious, while 20-year-old Olav Kooij again showed flashes of greatness, finishing second from a terrible position in a bunch sprint against top-class competition.