Egan Bernal makes light of hard rain in Dolomites to put Giro d'Italia further out of reach

CORTINA DAMPEZZO ITALY MAY 24 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Pink Leader Jersey attack in breakaway during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 16 a 153km stage shortened due to bad weather conditions from Sacile to Cortina dAmpezzo 1210m girodiitalia Giro on May 24 2021 in Cortina dAmpezzo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) leaves his rivals behind on the Passo Giau (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The misty mountains numbered two rather than four, but the abbreviated tappone of the Giro d'Italia still rendered a clear verdict. On a day of hard rain in the Dolomites, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) soloed clear on the Passo Giau to claim stage 16 – his second  win of the race – and buttress his overall lead even further.

Five stages still remain, including three summit finishes and an individual time trial, but it was hard to shake off the feeling that Bernal's entry into Cortina d'Ampezzo on Monday afternoon was something of an early coronation, and he marked the moment with a ceremonial gesture.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.