Bradley Wiggins: I know Brailsford and he'll want to put a stamp on the Giro d'Italia

CASTELFIDARDO ITALY MARCH 14 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia of Colombia and Team EF Education Nippo Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 5 a 205km stage from Castellalto to Castelfidardo 175m Rain TirrenoAdriatico on March 14 2021 in Castelfidardo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Bradley Wiggins has predicted that Ineos Grenadiers will aim to lay down a marker and control the Giro d’Italia on stage 9. The team head into the all-important mountain stage with Egan Bernal sitting third overall and just 16 seconds down on Attila Valter’s (Groupama FDJ) maglia rosa.

Bernal has been present and accounted for in all the crunch moments so far in the race and went on the offensive on stages 4 and 6. He finished second on the latter of those two stages and, despite losing teammate and pre-race co-leader Pavel Sivakov to a crash, has raced on the front foot since the Giro d’Italia left Turin just over a week ago.

Stage 9 to the summit of Campo Felice is arguably the hardest day of racing so far in the Giro, not just because of the gravel climb to the ski station at the finish but also the five other climbs that are crammed into the 158km route.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.