Sivakov: Bernal is number one but the Giro d’Italia gives me more freedom than the Tour

Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers)
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They were once U23 rivals but Pavel Sivakov and Egan Bernal head to the Giro d’Italia as arguably the strongest one-two GC punch in the entire race. The Colombian starts as Ineos Grenadiers’ designated team leader but Sivakov believes he will have his chance to shine. 

The pair’s first and only Grand Tour venture ended in disaster in last year’s Tour de France with the Russian crashing twice in the treacherous conditions in Nice on stage 1 and Bernal abandoning in the final week before Sivakov limped into Paris bloodied and weary. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.