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Filippo Ganna and Wout van Aert are arguably the best time-trialists in recent years, almost never off the podium in time trials of all varieties. However since August 2020, Ganna has won 14 out of 20 time-trials, even achieving an 8 time-trial streak win, including beating Van Aert twice in the World Championships.
It will be hard to beat the hot and dry Paris-Roubaix 2022, in our view the most exciting race of 2022 so far. INEOS made the race very hard from the beginning, putting pressure on big favourites Van Aert and Van der Poel, who were sleeping in the peloton, while the big split happened in the crosswinds. Everything came back together and in the end only the strongest riders made the split after Jumbo-Visma's acceleration with just over 50km to go. Dylan van Baarle was once again left to bridge to a dangerous move, joining Mohoric and Lampaert then dropping them, giving INEOS the first Paris-Roubaix victory in the team's history. This was also the fastest ever edition of the legendary race, where so many things happened that it is worth watching almost from the beginning.
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.
Jumbo-Visma is on fire in the early 2022 season, taking another impressive win in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic. Wout van Aert launched a destructive attack on the Paterberg with only Christophe Laporte, Van Aert's teammate, able to follow the Belgian national champion.
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.
For the second time in Paris-Nice 2022, Jumbo-Visma riders occupied the whole podium of a stage. This time Wout Van Aert, Primož Roglič and Rohan Dennis finished 1-2-3 in the hilly 13 kilometre time-trial that suited them perfectly.
We got to witness a sprint between Wout van Aert and Fabio Jakobsen. Despite a savvy leadout from Christophe Laporte, the Dutchman destroyed the Belgian champion in the final 50 metres with a fast acceleration, taking his sixth victory of the season.
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.