Bernal 'ready for everything' as rough weather looms on Giro d'Italia queen stage

GORIZIA ITALY MAY 23 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Pink Leader Jersey Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 15 a 147km stage from Grado to Gorizia UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 23 2021 in Gorizia Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) enjoyed a quiet day in the peloton during stage 15 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Giro d'Italia race leader Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) has said that he is as prepared as he can be for what promises to be a spectacularly tough day of mountain racing on Monday when the peloton faces both brutally tough weather and the race's hardest climbing stage, all in one go.

Bernal currently leads the Giro by 1:33 over closest rival Simon Yates (Team Bike Exchange), and has been the strongest GC rider on all of the mountain stages to date.

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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.