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Five talking points from stage seven of the Giro d’Italia 2022

Five talking points from stage seven of the Giro d'Italia 2022

Jumbo-Visma are back Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) might have been the winner on Friday, but Tom Dumoulin (also Jumbo-Visma) will be feeling almost as good as…

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Jumbo-Visma are back

Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) might have been the winner on Friday, but Tom Dumoulin (also Jumbo-Visma) will be feeling almost as good as his countryman for the way he performed on stage seven of the Giro d’Italia .

After Tuesday’s stage to Mount Etna, it looked like Jumbo-Visma’s race was over already, with Dumoulin dropping out of general classification contention, and his teammates Tobias Foss and Sam Oomen also losing time. However, the Dutch team were able to quickly refocus and restructure their plan.

To be able to send Bouwman and Dumoulin up the road on a stage as hard as Friday’s was a masterstroke, and the pair dovetailed to perfection to neuter the threats of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Davide Formolo (UAE-Team Emirates). They were both fully committed to the stage win, and it will surely give the team a lot of confidence.

Maybe they were never really away – but the narrative of this Giro already appeared set that Jumbo had been disappointing. So to turn around this so quickly is seriously impressive. Things can only get better. Lennard Kämna really wants the pink jersey

Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) has already got a stage win in this Giro d’Italia, and has spent time in the blue jersey of the mountains competition. Yet it is clear that he has designs on a bigger objective, the maglia rosa .

He trails race leader Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) by just 38 seconds, and is in such good form that one can see him […]

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