Bernal wins queen stage in pink

24 May 2021

Bernal wins queen stage in pink

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 16 » Sacile › Cortina d'Ampezzo, 153km

Egan Bernal made another big step in his quest for the Giro d’Italia title with an emphatic victory on the queen stage.
 
The Colombian attacked his rivals on the Passo Giau, securing the Cima Coppi prize and soloing to victory in difficult conditions in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
 
Bernal crossed the line 27 seconds ahead of his nearest rivals, proudly displaying the maglia rosa as he extended his overall race lead out to two minutes and 24 seconds.
 
Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) finished second and third on the day, with Caruso elevating himself into second place overall.
 
Daniel Martinez was present as the GC group disintegrated under pressure from EF Pro Cycling on the early slopes of the Giau. The Colombian limited his losses over the top to remain in eighth place overall.
 
Some late changes pre-stage saw the route modified, with both the Passo Fedaia and Passo Pordoi climbs removed from the route due to the threat of bad weather.
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Reaction

- Egan Bernal

"It’s a great victory. If you win with the maglia rosa it’s special. I wanted to show it and it’s not every day you win in the Giro in the maglia rosa. I wanted to show it, and show respect to the jersey.

"I wanted to do something special. I wanted to show that I am back in the game. The team believed in me during the stage and I just tried to go and to do something special. It was hard, of course, but when the race is hard because of the weather you need a hard mentality. I had that at the beginning of the stage and then I kept it. It was a day to suffer and we did it."

- Sir Dave Brailsford

"It was a dream day for us. In days gone by, in the position that Egan had found himself in, we'd have just played it very efficiently and been quite defensive and safe - maybe not the most exciting. I thought today Egan saw his opportunity, and in the pink jersey, took the opportunity to go on the attack in a pretty ballsy move. He took the Cima Coppi, which he wanted to do, then descended fast but carefully to take the stage win.

"He wanted to win solo in the pink jersey, in the Dolomites. He first came to Italy from Colombia and he's got a real strong affinity with his Italian fans and the people who he stayed with and looked after him. He loves Italy and for him and the team it's a big deal - not just what he's done but the way that he's done it. We're very proud of him.

"It's a bit of a cliche but we know in cycling that anything can happen at any time. It's not the first time we've been in this position and we'll keep the guys focused. I'm extremely proud of the way the team has ridden as a group."
Stage 16 result:

1. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) 4:22:41
2. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) +27"
3. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) s.t.
4. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) +1:18"
5. Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) +1:19"
13. Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) +3:13"

Overall standings:

1. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) 66:36:04
2. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) +2:24"
3. Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) +3:40"
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) +4:18"
5. Simon Yates (BikeExchange) +4:20"
8. Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) +7:17"