Egan Bernal: Simon Yates is the strongest at the Giro d’Italia right now

ALPE DI MERA VALSESIA ITALY MAY 28 Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Pink Leader Jersey Damiano Caruso of Italy and Team Bahrain Victorious Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Hugh Carthy of United Kingdom and Team EF Education Nippo in breakaway during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 19 a 166km stage from Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera Valsesia 1531m Stage modified due to the tragic events on May the 23rd 2021 that involved the Mottarone Cableway UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 28 2021 in Alpe di Mera Valsesia Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) in the chase group on the steep slopes of the Alpe di Mera (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

At the Giro d'Italia, high mountains aren't the only obstacles to be overcome and other riders aren't the only adversaries to be defeated. On stage 19's climb to Alpe di Mera, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) seemed to grapple with his own instincts when Simon Yates (BikeExchange) surged clear with 6.4km remaining.

Two days ago at Sega di Ala, a similar effort from Yates had provoked an almost Pavlovian response from Bernal. The maglia rosa, so dominant to that point, perhaps felt duty-bound to react immediately to Yates' attack, and he paid an unexpectedly heavy price for his hastiness when he was distanced by the Briton after the gradient steepened further shortly afterwards.

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