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Egan Bernal: Giro d'Italia has been a fight for seconds but gaps will be much bigger from now onColombian going better than expected but wants 90 seconds on Evenepoel by final time trial
- Giro d'Italia dates: May 8, 2021 to May 30, 2021
- Giro d'Italia 2021 start list
- Giro d'Italia history
- How to watch the Giro d'Italia 2021 – live TV and streaming
- Giro d’Italia 2021: The Essential race preview
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) leads the overall classification by 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep), with the Belgian moving one second closer after a mid-race time bonus sprint. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) is in third place overall at 22 seconds back.
Stage 10 at the Giro d'Italia offered the peloton a 139km race from L'Aquila to Foligno in central Italy.
A five-rider breakaway emerged that included Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa), and Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal).
Sprinter teams Jumbo-Visma, Bora-Hansgrohe, Alpecin-Fenix, and Cofidis limited the gap to two minutes before reeling them in during the final 25km.
Bernal and Evenepoel challenged one another for a time bonus sprint at 18km to go, with Ineos Grenadiers' Jhonatan Narváez jumping to take first place ahead of Evenepoel in second and then Bernal in third.
Bora-Hansgrohe moved back to the front to set up Peter Sagan for a sprint victory in Foligno.
The riders of the Giro d'Italia will enjoy a rest day on Tuesday and resume racing for stage 11 on Wednesday for 162km from Perugia to Montalcino.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe||3:10:56|
|2||Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates|
|3||Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation|
|4||Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal|
|5||Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix|
|6||Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix|
|7||Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team|
|8||Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team|
|9||Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis|
|10||Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates|
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers||38:30:17|
|2||Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep||0:00:14|
|3||Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech||0:00:22|
|4||Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:00:37|
|5||Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ||0:00:44|
|6||Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo||0:00:45|
|7||Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious||0:00:46|
|8||Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation||0:00:52|
|9||Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange||0:00:56|
|10||Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates||0:01:02|
Giro d'Italia 2021 countdown
Day - 10: Form ranking: Giro d’Italia 2021 contenders
Day - 9: Giro d’Italia 2021: The Essential race preview
Day - 8: Giro d’Italia 2021: Strade Bianche stage set to add spectacular twist to GC battle
Day - 7: Giro d'Italia: 90 years of the Maglia Rosa
Day - 6: Remco Evenepoel: Between stardom and superstardom
Day - 5: Hindley: The Giro d’Italia is about doing what I did last year or maybe even better
Giro d'Italia tech
Grand tours are always a hotbed of tech and you'll often find creative new colourways, innovative inventions and speed-increasing hacks aplenty as riders, teams and sponsors look to eke out marginal gains and take advantage of the enormous publicity surrounding the race. The Giro d'Italia is no different, and we've already seen a range of tech talking points.
- Israel Start-Up Nation's kit inspired by red wine
- EF Education-Nippo's kaleidoscopic changeout kit
- Qhubeka-Assos announce new tyre sponsor for Giro and beyond
- Filippo Ganna's stunning new Pinarello TT bike
- Nizzolo's second new-bike-day in six weeks
- Tech highlights from the opening time trial
- Hugh Carthy's new-but-old Euphoric TT bike
- Why is Caleb Ewan using 11-speed Campagnolo
- A closer look at Elia Viviani's brand new De Rosa time trial bike
Giro d'Italia summary
How long is the Giro d'Italia? The race begins on May 8 and ends on May 30 after 21 stages and covers 3,479.9 kilometres over three weeks. It is the first Grand Tour of the 2021 season - after the coronavirus upended the 2020 calendar and shifted it to October.
What is the Giro d'Italia route? RCS Sport revealed the parcours of the 104th edition of the 2021 Giro d'Italia on February 24, laying out another Grand Tour packed with arduous mountain stages, opportunities for the sprinters and an ever increasing level of difficulty through to the final 30.3 km time trial in Milan. Compared to last year, there is less of an emphasis on time trialling.
Who are the Giro d'Italia contenders? 2020 champion Tao Geoghegan Hart has not returned to defend his title, so Ineos Grenadiers are instead led by former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal. He'll go up against the likes of Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange), Aleksander Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Marc Soler (Movistar), the Deceuninck-QuickStep duo of João Almeida and Remco Evenepoel, and the Team DSM duo of Romain Bardet and last year's runner-up Jai Hindley. Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali has been cleared to race for Trek-Segafredo alongside Bauke Mollema and Giulio Ciccone, while other Italians include Domenico Pozzovivo (Qhubeka Assos) and Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates).
There are plenty of opportunities for the sprinters, with home favourites like Elia Viviani (Cofidis) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) expected to rub shoulders with the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in the bunch finishes.
The race opens with a pan-flat 9km time trial - tailor made for world champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), although the in-form French champion Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is a threat for the first maglia rosa.
The sprinters will have to work to stay within reach of the race lead on the second stage, an expected sprint after a flat run-in to Novara, and a lumpier but mostly sprint-friendly stage 3.
Climbers will have a chance to stretch their legs with the first uphill finish in Sestola on stage 4 before the third sprint stage to Cattolica on the Adriatic coast. A trio of uphill finishes punctuate the next five stages with two possible sprints, the short 140km stage 10 to Foligno finishes on the flat, but a climb 39 kilometres out might leave behind some of the fast men.
The second phase brings the general classification contenders to the fore with climbs near the finish of stages 11 and 12, although the sprinters will want to stick around for another pan-flat stage to Verona. The overall classification will have its first serious shake-out on stage 14 with a massive 205km stage finishing on the Monte Zoncolan. A transition stage the next day, only 145km in length, provides a bit of a break before the high-altitude leg breakers on stage 16: the Passos Fedaia, Pordoi and Giau all over 2000 metres scattered across 212 painful kilometres.
Another Tuesday rest day gives riders time to recuperate before the summit finish to Sega di Ala. The race organisers came under fire for trying to put a flat, 258km marathon stage in last year's third week and riders protested having to endure the stage in cold rain until they relented and slashed the distance to 124 kilometres. This year, the last week transition stage is only 228km long, taking the riders to Stradella in Lombardy before hitting two Alpine stages before the final time trial in Milan.
Giro d'Italia jerseys and classifications
Giro d'Italia general classification: Maglia rosa (pink jersey)
The Giro d'Italia is based on the time it takes riders to complete all 21 stages. The rider with the lowest overall time at each stage wears the pink jersey and, at the finish, the rider with the lowest time wins the overall (general) classification.
Young riders classification: Maglia bianca (white jersey)
Riders who are born after January 1, 1996 compete in their own time-based competition for the white jersey of best young rider (under 25).
Points classification: Maglia ciclamino (cyclamen jersey)
There are also points awarded at intermediate sprints - one sprint mid-stage on each day except in the individual time trials - and at the finish line. The rider who accumulates the most points wears the maglia ciclamino - a purple (cyclamen) jersey.
More points are given on sprint stages to keep the overall winners from taking home both jerseys. On these (a, b*) days, the finish points are worth 50-35-25-18-14-12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 15 riders and intermediate sprints worth 20-12-8-6-4-3-2-1.
On non-sprint (c) stages, the finish is worth 25-18-12-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for top 10 and intermediate sprints are worth 10-6-3-2-1. On the hardest stages (d, e), the finish is only worth 15-12-9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and the value of intermediate sprints is higher to encourage breakaways, worth 12-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
*see table below
Mountains classification: Maglia azzurra (blue jersey)
In the mountains classification, riders are given points on a scale of difficulty of the climb, with the hardest climbs worth the most points. The rider who gathers the most mountain points wears a blue jersey.
Mountains are graded on a scale where category 4 is the easiest and Category 1 is the hardest (the Giro doesn't have above category (HC) climbs).
On the 11 category 4 ascents in the Giro, there are 3, 2 and 1 points for the first three over the top. At the top of the 11 category 3 climbs, the points are 9, 4, 2 and 1. There are nine category 2 ascents worth 18, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 points and 12 category 1 climbs where points are 40, 18, 12, 9, 6, 4, 2, 1.
The Cima Coppi is the prize for the first rider across the highest mountain, this year it's the Passo Pordoi on stage 16, and is worth 50 points (50, 30, 20, 14, 10, 6, 4, 2, 1).
Cycling is a team sport even if only one rider can win. The teams classification ranks teams by the lowest cumulative time of each team's best three riders.
The Giro d'Italia is also famous for having more non-jersey classifications than any other Grand Tour, with four more competitions that offer cash prizes but not jersey time.
Most competitive: Based on accumulated points gained in stage finishes (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1), intermediate sprints (5, 4, 3, 2, 1), and mountain sprints (Cat. 1 or Cima Coppi - 4, 3, 2, 1; Cat 2 - 3, 2, 1; Cat 3 - 2, 1; Cat 4 - 1).
Sprint classification: Regardless of stage category, riders get 10, 6, 3, 2, 1 for first through fifth in the intermediate sprint on each non-time trial stage.
Breakaway classification: The most kilometers spent off the front of the peloton - kilometers only count if the breakaway is 10 riders or fewer, and are away for 5km or more during a stage. Tie breaker is the highest placing on GC.
Fair play classification: Teams are penalized for UCI rule infractions such as sticky bottles, urinating in front of the public, feeding outside designated zones, littering, etc. The team with the fewest penalties leads this classification.
|Stage||Route||Distance||Time limit/points||3km rule|
|Stage 1||Torino - Torino (ITT)||8.6||e|
|Stage 2||Stupinigi - Novara||179||a||xx|
|Stage 3||Biella - Canale||190||c||x|
|Stage 4||Piacenza - Sestola||187||c|
|Stage 5||Modena - Cattolica||177||a||xx|
|Stage 6||Grotte di Frasassi - Ascoli Piceno||160||c|
|Stage 7||Notaresco - Termoli||181||a||xx|
|Stage 8||Foggia - Guardia Sanframondi||170||c|
|Stage 9||Castel di Sangro - Campo Felice||158||d|
|Stage 10||L'Aquila - Foligno||139||b||xx|
|Rest Day 1|
|Stage 11||Perugia - Montalcino||162||d|
|Stage 12||Siena - Bagno di Romagna||212||c||x|
|Stage 13||Ravenna - Verona||198||a||xx|
|Stage 14||Cittadella - Monte Zoncolan||205||d|
|Stage 15||Grado - Gorizia||147||c||x|
|Stage 16||Sacile - Cortina d'Ampezzo||212||d|
|Rest Day 2|
|Stage 17||Canazei - Sega di Ala||193||d|
|Stage 18||Rovereto - Stradella||231||b||xx|
|Stage 19||Abbiategrasso - Alpe di Mera||176||d|
|Stage 20||Verbania - Valle Spluga-Alpe Motta||164||d|
|Stage 21||Senago - Milano (ITT)||30.3||e|
2021 Giro d'Italia time limit
Riders have to finish within a certain percentage of the stage winner's time in order to remain in the race. The time limit they have depends on the difficulty of the stage and the winner's average speed using categories listed in the table above.
a) winner's time plus
7% if the average speed is less than or equal to 40 km/h.
8% if the average speed is between 40 and 45 km/h
10% if the average speed is over 45 km/h
b) winner's time plus
9% if the average speed is less than or equal to 37 km/h
10% of the average speed is between 37 and 41 km/h
11% if the average speed is over 41 km/h
c) winner's time plus
11% if the average speed is less than or equal to 35 km/h
12% if the average speed is between 35 km and 39 km/h
13% if the average speed is over 39 km/h
d) winner's time plus
16% if the average speed is less than or equal to 30 km/h
17% if the average speed between 30 km/h and 34 km/h
18% if the average speed is over 34 km/h;
for stages measuring 150 km or less, the winner’s time plus:
19% if the average speed is less than or equal to 30 km/h
21% if the average speed between 30 km/h and 34 km/h
22% if the average speed is over 34 km/h; (does not apply unless stages are shortened)
e) (Time trials) winner's time plus 30 %
Giro d'Italia history and records
The Giro d'Italia started in 1909 and the 2021 race is the 104th edition. The race was created by the sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in reaction to the success of the Tour de France for French counterpart L'Auto.
Luigi Ganna was the first winner in 1909 but Alfredo Binda dominated the post-World War I Giro d'Italia, taking five victories between 1925 and 1933 and 41 stages - a record not beaten until Mario Cipollini took his 42nd in 2003.
Gino Bartali might have had as much success were it not for World War II - the winner in 1936 and 1937, "the iron man of Tuscany" returned from his work in the Italian resistance, where he used his fame to help shield Jews from the Nazis. After the war, Bartali returned to win the first post-War edition in 1946 before Fausto Coppi's ascent to fame.
Coppi won the Giro d'Italia in 1940 at the age of 20 before the race stopped for the War but when racing resumed Coppi went on to win four more Giri while racking up 22 stage wins.
No rider was as successful until the emergence of Eddy Merckx, who, in his utter dominance in the sport, equalled Coppi's record of five overall victories, spent 78 days in the maglia rosa and won 25 stages.
- Most stage wins: Mario Cipollini (42) - active riders: Mark Cavendish (15)
- Most days in maglia rosa: Eddy Merckx (78) - active riders: Vincenzo Nibali (21)
- Most overall wins (5) Eddy Merckx, Fausto Coppi, Alfredo Binda - active riders: Vincenzo Nibali (2)
2020 Giro d'Italia
Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) claimed the overall victory in the 2020 Giro d'Italia in a close-fought battle with Jai Hindley (Sunweb) that came down to the final time trial, where the Briton sealed the final classification by 39 seconds over his Australian rival.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers||85:40:21|
|2||Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb||0:00:39|
|3||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb||0:01:29|
|4||Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-Quickstep||0:02:57|
|5||Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren||0:03:09|
|6||Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team||0:07:02|
|7||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:08:15|
|8||Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:08:42|
|9||Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep||0:09:57|
|10||Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren||0:11:05|
Giro d'Italia 2021 teams
- AG2R Citroën Team
- Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec (replaces Vini Zabu)
- Astana-Premier Tech
- Bahrain Victorious
- Bardiani CSF Faizanè
- EF Education-Nippo
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
- Israel Start-up Nation
- Lotto Soudal
- Movistar Team
- Team BikeExchange
- Team DSM
- Team Qhubeka Assos
- UAE Team Emirates
Giro d'Italia 2021
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