Bernal one step away

29 May 2021

Bernal one step away

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 20 » Verbania › Valle Spluga-Alpe Motta, 164km

Egan Bernal and the INEOS Grenadiers put up a robust defence of the maglia rosa on the final day in the mountains at the Giro d'Italia.

Bernal crossed the line in second place on the Alpe Motta summit, just 24 seconds back on nearest rival Damiano Caruso. That means the Colombian takes an advantage of 1:59 into Sunday's final time trial in Milan.

The team worked tirelessly to support Bernal on the day, spreading their resources across the mountainous stage, and refusing to panic after Caruso attacked following the first of three climbs.

After early work from Filippo Ganna, Salvatore Puccio and Gianni Moscon were forced into action as Caruso went clear alongside Romain Bardet on the long descent off the Passo San Bernadino.

Jhonatan Narvaez took it up before Jonathan Castroviejo put in yet another impressive turn on the Splugenpass. Only an elite GC group remained, with the gap to Caruso pegged at 40 seconds by controlled riding.

Bernal looked comfortable and on the final climb Daniel Martinez pushed hard, cutting the gap and eventually distancing third-placed Simon Yates. Martinez was even able to finish third on the day, moving up to sixth overall on the GC.
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Reaction

- Egan Bernal

"I’m very satisfied with the result. We managed the situation well. Finally we have two minutes of an advantage for tomorrow’s time trial. We are in a good position.

"It’s not the best (situation) to have the second in the GC in front of you with almost one minute, but I still had three teammates and I tried to use them, and just arrive as fresh as possible in the last climb, and also for tomorrow. We managed well the situation but it was difficult."
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Stage 20 result:

1. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) 4:27:53
2. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +24"
3. Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) +35"

4. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) s.t.
5. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +41"

Overall standings:

1. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) 85:41:47
2. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) +1:59"
3. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +3:23"
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) +7:07"
5. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) +7:48"
6. Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) +7:56"