Analysis: Egan Bernal ends all arguments at the Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 16th stage Sacile - Cortina d’Ampezzo 212 km - 24/05/2021 - Egan Bernal (COL - Ineos Grenadiers) - photo Ilario Biondi/BettiniPhoto©2021
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

A little over three kilometres from the top of the Passo Giau, amid pellets of rain and plummeting temperatures, the 2021 Giro d’Italia climbed above 2,000 metres for the first time. The moment of truth had arrived, and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) didn’t even need to climb from the saddle to grab it.

One seated acceleration was enough to put him clear of his few remaining rivals  on stage 16, and within a few hundred metres, Bernal had zoomed past the remnants of the day’s break to boot.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.