Analysis: Tight margins on GC with Egan Bernal a step ahead at Giro d’Italia

CAMPO FELICE - ROCCA DI CAMBIO, ITALY - MAY 16: Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers celebrates at arrival during the 104th Giro d'Italia 2021, Stage 9 a 158km stage from Castel di Sangro to Campo Felice - Rocca di Cambio 1665m / @girodiitalia / #Giro / #UCIworldtour / on May 16, 2021 in Campo Felice - Rocca di Cambio, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) wins stage 9 at Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The mile of rough road atop Campo Felice won’t decide the Giro d’Italia, but it has brought the contours of the race into sharper focus. The margins at the finish of stage 9 were still tight, but the hierarchy is a little clearer. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) is, for now at least, a step and a couple of gears ahead of everybody else.

The key moment came 550 metres from the summit, as the gradient ratcheted into double digits and the Colombian shifted into his big ring. He had already hit the front of the fraying pink jersey group after responding to Aleksandr Vlasov’s (Astana-Premier Tech) attack and now he tore it apart with a vicious acceleration that nobody could follow.

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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.