Preview: Giro d'Italia's third week set to be shaped by podium battle

Egan Bernal stands alone ahead of the 2021 Giro d'Italia peloton
Egan Bernal stands alone ahead of the 2021 Giro d'Italia peloton (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

When the curtain rises on the 2021 Giro d'Italia's last round of stages on Wednesday, the battle to take the overall victory in Milan may be all but resolved in favour of Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers). But the right to stand next to the Colombian on the final podium is anything but decided.

There's no doubting that Bernal's superiority throughout the Giro's first fortnight on a wide variety of mountain stages, particularly in a year when the time trials, his only comparative weak point, have been reduced in importance, have left Bernal head and shoulders above his rivals and with a clear path to outright victory.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.