Safe passage in tough conditions for Bernal

23 May 2021

Safe passage in tough conditions for Bernal

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Giro d'Italia stage 15: Grado › Gorizia, 147km

Egan Bernal maintained his overall lead at the Giro d'Italia following a comprehensive team performance in challenging conditions on stage 15.

The Grenadiers controlled the race as wind and rain lashed the peloton which had allowed an early break to quickly gain an unassailable lead in the early part of the stage. 

A crash shortly after the official stage start caused the race to be neutralised, with Salvatore Puccio caught up in the incident, but unhurt and able to continue. 

It was Puccio, Filippo Ganna and Jonathan Castroviejo who shouldered the majority of the workload once the break went clear and amassed a lead of over 12 minutes, ensuring Bernal was well-placed and preventing any counter attacks from the peloton. 

Victor Campenaerts sprinted to victory from the lead group, while the Grenadiers crossed the line with the rest of the general classification contenders in the main bunch, with every team keen to protect their leaders ahead of Monday's queen stage.
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