Bardet to fight on at Giro d'Italia but podium gap builds

SEGA DI ALA ITALY MAY 26 Romain Bardet of France Michael Storer of Australia and Team DSM during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 17 a 193km stage from Canazei to Sega di Ala 1246m UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 26 2021 in Sega di Ala Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Romain Bardet (Team DSM) sitting behind teammate Michael Storer on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The time gap between Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and the Giro d’Italia podium stretched out a little further on stage 17 as he slipped out of the leading group of GC contenders halfway through the steep final climb but he still managed to move up a place on the overall as he was far from the only rider left behind on the Sega di Ala.

Bardet was shaken out of the increasingly select group with more than five kilometres of the 12 kilometre final ascent to go, shuffling the top ten, but others also suffered under the pace being set on the front by Egan Bernal’s Ineos Grenadiers teammates, Jonathan Castroviejo and Dani Martínez. 

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