‘Another step forward’ - progress for Egan Bernal at Volta a Catalunya moving to third overall

QUERALT SPAIN MARCH 23 Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers crosses the finish line as second place during the 103rd Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2024 Stage 6 a 1547km stage from Berga to Queralt 1119m UCIWT on March 23 2024 in Queralt Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) crosses the finish line on stage 6 at Volta a Catalunya in second place, just ahead of Mikel Landa (Soudal-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)

In races of all kinds, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) has made steady progress back from his terrible accident of 2022. But at least when viewed from the outside, where the Colombian placed second in the toughest stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Saturday behind winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), it felt like another key milestone might well have been reached.

Remaining in the front group of 10 which formed on the toughest climb of the Col de Pradell, Bernal took off after Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Mikel Landa (Soudal-QuickStep) in the last part of the stage.

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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.