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Lads on (Grand) Tour: The 10 Brits at the Giro d’Italia 2022

What to expect from the 10 British riders participating in the 2022 Giro d'Italia

Robyn Davidson
4 May 2022

Slap on the sunscreen and grab yourself a beer, here are the ten British riders embarking on a three-week tour of Italy for the 2022 Giro d’Italia.

1. Ben Tulett, Ineos Grenadiers

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At 20 years of age (deep breaths, everyone), Ben Tulett is the youngest Brit to feature at the 2022 Giro d’Italia.

He signed for Ineos Grenadiers after two years at Alpecin-Fenix. But, like many of his road counterparts, Tulett has success in cyclocross too, winning two Junior World Cyclocross Championships.

In March, he took his first pro victory, during the queen stage no less, at Coppi e Bartali (pictured above).

For his Grand Tour debut, he slots into a good support role for team leader Richard Carapaz.

2. Ben Swift, Ineos Grenadiers

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Tulett has a great teammate to learn from in the form of Ben Swift.

The Giro d’Italia will mark the British national champion’s 8th Grand Tour.

He was a key part of Tao GH’s Giro success in 2020 and, with 14 years of experience in the peloton, he's a solid figure to depend upon across all terrains in a road captain type role.

3. Simon Yates, Team BikeExchange-Jayco

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Simon Yates recently won two stages out of three at the Vuelta Asturias, both in solo fashion over hilly parcours, and placed second at Paris-Nice.

Illness disrupted his early season Giro preparations, but the Brit stated his aims for a podium at the Giro this year after finishing third in 2021.

His form in Grand Tours can be hit or miss depending on the day. Yates has been known to suffer GC-ending time losses on stages before dropping his competitors in a solo breakaway the next, and he'll be looking for more consistency going into the 2022 Giro d’Italia.

But when he’s on form, the man from Bury can be off like a rocket.

4. Simon Carr, EF Education-EasyPost

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Dual national Simon Carr was the last man signed to complete then-EF Education Nippo’s roster in late 2020.

Now in the second year of his two-year contract, he’s looking to develop further.

It was at the Clásica San Sebastián in 2021 that Carr dropped Mikel Landa, his strong performance helping teammate Neilson Powless on to victory. 

Numerous headlines have cast Carr as a figure flying more under the radar recently. But that might work in his favour during stages.

Besides, his aggressive attack at La Flèche Wallonne in April certainly grabbed attention.

5. Hugh Carthy, EF Education-EasyPost

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The second best thing to come out of Preston, besides myself. In three weeks I’m expecting nothing less than a statue to be erected outside the bus station.

In all seriousness, Carthy will be racing his fifth Giro d’Italia and is always an entertaining rider to watch, in addition to still having very good GC hopes after recovering from Covid.

Carthy finished 3rd at the Vuelta a España in 2020 for his best result in a Grand Tour. Last year, he placed 8th at the Giro d’Italia.

6. Owain Doull, EF Education-EasyPost

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Clearly EF Education-EasyPost is the place to be for Brits at the upcoming Giro.

A rider as comfortable on the velodrome as he is on the road, it’s no surprise Doull is so accomplished as a cyclist, from gold medals to a second place at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

The Welshman revealed his excitement about Grand Tour participation when joining the team from Ineos Grenadiers for 2022, with one eye on the Classics and the other on helping Hugh Carthy.

7. Alex Dowsett, Israel-Premier Tech

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Understandably one to watch during the time trial stages. There are two at this years Giro d’Italia, a shorter 9.2km stage on the second day and a longer 17.4km route around Verona to finish the race.

But many remember shots of an emotional Dowsett at the Giro in 2020, seven years after his last win at the race, crossing the line first after avoiding a stray dog on stage eight into Vieste.

On that day, Matthew Holmes finished third. Speaking of…

8. Matthew Holmes, Lotto-Soudal

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I spent a lot of time working in the domestic scene and being able to observe Matthew Holmes’ growth from Madison Genesis rider (RIP) to finding a home at Lotto-Soudal has been very enjoyable.

Especially his Willunga Hill queen stage victory at the Tour Down Under, ending Richie Porte’s lengthy reign.

The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract extension heading into the 2022 season. He’ll be hunting for stage victories at the Giro d’Italia, as well as helping teammate Caleb Ewan to sprint wins.

9. Mark Cavendish, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team

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Mark Cavendish is a man who needs little introduction.

His career has experienced a resurgence after being diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus, equalling Eddy Merckx’s stage win total at the Tour de France and revealing his battle with depression.

His selection for the Giro d’Italia might negate his spot for the future French Tour yet this is not the be all and end all, as the Manxman is looking to add to his remarkable total of 15 Giro d’Italia stage victories – despite not having been present at the race for nine years.

His inclusion is exciting indeed. Much like the Giro d’Italia itself.

10. James Knox, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team

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James Knox has been with the Belgian team since 2018, and this year marks the fourth Giro d’Italia for the Cumbrian climber.

The 26-year-old has finished 14th at the Giro d’Italia and 11th at the Vuelta a España in his time so far with the Wolfpack.

Fittingly, he is known for helping his teammates in their own success, such as Remco Evenepoel.

Expect him to be present helping Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rack up some stage victories.

Find all our Giro d'Italia coverage on our hub page, and don't miss our complete guide to the 2022 Giro d'Italia.

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