Egan Bernal on WorldTour podium for first time since 2021 at Volta a Catalunya

BERGA SPAIN MARCH 23 Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers prior to the 103rd Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2024 Stage 6 a 1547km stage from Berga to Queralt UCIWT on March 23 2024 in Berga Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Egan Bernal of Ineos Grenadiers was all smiles prior to the start of stage 7 at Volta a Catalunya, and finished on the GC podium in third (Image credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)

“Above all, I’m happy with the progression I’ve made,” was Egan Bernal’s simple but heartfelt explanation of how it felt to take a landmark WorldTour podium finish at the Volta a Catalunya. The Ineos Grenadiers rider finished third overall Sunday behind an all-conquering Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and a resurgent Mikel Landa (Soudal-QuickStep).

It was Bernal’s top performance in a WorldTour race since his life-threatening accident in early 2022 and his first GC podium since winning the Giro d’Italia outright in 2021. It was also his first in a week-long WorldTour stage race since winning the Tour de Suisse way back in 2019.

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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.