Randy and Dean report on all things cycling related but are most enthusiastic when following the professional road racing season. The 2022 road season has kicked off with races in Spain, France and in the Middle East. The top stars have already shown some flashes of form with two time World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) shining at the Tour de la Provence, but coming up short to Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) who took the final day mountain stage win and overall in Provence. While these two veterans showed their early season form, Movistar’s eternal top rider Alejandro Valverde also came out excelling in the Mallorca Challenge races, winning the Trofeo Pollença – Port d’Andratx race and finishing 5th overall at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 5 stage race. Other veterans including sprinting legend Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) has impressed and already taken a victory in the Tour of Oman. Strongman Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux) sprinted to win the Clasica de Almeria race over the weekend. While these veterans display their early season strength, a promising group of young talent have asserted themselves at the start of the 2022 season. American Brandon McNulty (UAE TEam Emirates) won the season opener in Mallorca Trofeo Calvia race, and with a long solo attack at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia Costa Calida race set up teammates Allesandro Covi and Matteo Trentin to go one-two. American Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) raced impressively in Provence showing his range of skills in the prologue time trial, cross winds, sprint and mountain stages to finish 4th overall just 2 seconds off the podium. This is just the start to an exciting 2022 race campaign. I can hardly wait, and anticipate a superb year of racing. Listen to Randy and Dean (nearly) each week to recap all of the excitement!
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