Egan Bernal unscathed after narrowly missing major Vuelta a España crash

ALBACETE SPAIN AUGUST 18 LR Jhonnatan Narvaez Prado of Ecuador helps his teammate Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers White Best Young Rider Jersey in final kilometres during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 5 a 1844km stage from Tarancn to Albacete lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 18 2021 in Albacete Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images
Jhonnatan Narvaez Prado checks on Ineos Grenadiers teammate Egan Bernal, riding stage 5 in best young rider jersey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ineos Grenadiers co-leader and major Vuelta a España favourite Egan Bernal had a narrow miss on Wednesday's stage 5 as the Colombian just avoided getting entangled in the massive crash in the closing kilometres of the race.

On one of the most fraught first-week stages of the Vuelta in years, two-thirds of the peloton either fell or were held up by the crash, with Bernal’s teammate and co-leader Richard Carapaz, not a faller, but caught behind. Finally, though, all of the Ineos Grenadiers leaders, including Adam Yates, were reported to have come through unharmed and not delayed.

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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.