Bernal wins Giro d'Italia in style

30 May 2021

Bernal wins Giro d'Italia in style

Giro d'Italia - Stage 21 » Senago › Milan ITT, 30.3km

Egan Bernal put the finishing touches to a rousing Giro d'Italia victory on a special final day in Milan.

The Colombian took a comfortable advantage into the time trial and had time to savour the moment as he raised his arms in victory, with an eventual winning margin of one minute and 29 seconds.

Also celebrating on the day was Filippo Ganna, with the world time trial champion securing a phenomenal fifth Giro time trial stage victory in a row. The first rider in history to do so. It was far from straightforward for the Italian, who had to overcome a late puncture and bike change, yet was still able to win the stage by 12 seconds.

With the Grenadiers also clinching the team classification by a dominant margin, the day was made by Daniel Martinez, who put in a strong TT ride to elevate himself into fifth overall by the slenderest of margins.

The team put in an incredible performance across the three weeks, with Jonathan Castroviejo, Gianni Moscon, Salvatore Puccio and Jhonatan Narvaez joining Bernal, Ganna and Martinez on the stage in Milan. Pavel Sivakov was sadly missed after starting the race but being forced to abandon following a crash on stage five.


- Egan Bernal

"I was just focussed on my effort. I was just thinking I can't do a mistake - I don't want to lose the Giro in one corner. I was starting to push in the parts where I could push, but also in the corners don't take any risks. It's the first time trial that I enjoyed. I always suffer in the time trials but today was a special one with my coach on the radio. It was really nice.

"It was special. I was looking at a lot of Colombian flags everywhere and people cheering for me. When I arrived and I realised that I'd won, it was an incredible feeling. I can't describe what I'm feeling inside of me."

- Filippo Ganna

"When I saw the puncture, I thought: 'today's unlucky, I've lost the race'. But I know I had a good gap to the second rider. I changed the bike really well, really fast, like a formula one race! And then when I crossed the line I thought: 'OK, now we will wait for Cavagna,' because he's a really good rider and time triallist.

"When I saw his crash, I thought: 'we have played with the same card, I punctured, he crashed!"

Stage 21 result:

1. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) 33:48
2. Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +12"
3. Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) +13"
4. Matteo Sobrero (Astana-Premier Tech) +14"
5. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +27"

Overall standings:

1. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) 86:17:28
2. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) +1:29"
3. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +4:15"
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) +6:40"
5. Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) +7:24"