After 18 years away, the Giro d'Italia revisited the Sutrio ascent of the Monte Zoncolan, bringing the first high-mountain finish of the 2021 Giro d'Italia on the brutal double-digit gradients of the Friulian climb.
While the stage winner – debutant Lorenzo Fortunato of wildcard debutants Eolo-Kometa – was a surprise, it was less of a shock to see the maglia rosa Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) come out on top of the general classification contenders yet again.
The Colombian jumped away from Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) in the final kilometre to add to his advantage after the Briton had split what was left of the peloton with an attack in the closing two kilometres on the steepest section of the climb.
Bernal now leads Yates by 1:33 in the GC, having put 11 seconds into him on the run to the line. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) keeps third place after finishing alongside Dani Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), 39 seconds down on Bernal. Caruso lies 1:51 off the race lead while Ciccone jumps to seventh at 3:03 and Martínez is ninth at 3:54.
The big loser on the day, though, were Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech), who finished in 16th, 1:12 down on Bernal after his team had worked for the bulk of the stage. He drops from second to fourth overall, 1:57 behind Bernal.
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) also suffered another big blow, shedding more time at the finish after finding himself among the first GC contenders to drop. The Belgian finished in 19th, 1:30 behind Bernal, and now lies eighth overall, 3:52 down.
Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) finished in 12th on the stage, 44 seconds behind Bernal and two seconds ahead of Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe). As a result, the Irishman moves up four places to 13th overall while Buchmann stays in sixth, 2:36 down on Bernal.
Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) dropped a place on GC, finishing 54 seconds behind Bernal and falling to fifth overall at 2:11. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) rounds out the top 10 at 4:31, while two-time Giro winner Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) is now 19th overall at 14:25 after dropping seven killometres from the top of the climb.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers||58:30:47|
|2||Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange||0:01:33|
|3||Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious||0:01:51|
|4||Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech||0:01:57|
|5||Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo||0:02:11|
|6||Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:02:36|
|7||Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:03:03|
|8||Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep||0:03:52|
|9||Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers||0:03:54|
|10||Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM||0:04:31|
|11||Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma||0:05:37|
|12||Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ||0:07:49|
|13||Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation||0:07:50|
|14||Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep||0:08:32|
|15||Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo||0:09:19|
|16||Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates||0:09:52|
|17||Nick Schultz (Aus) Team BikeExchange||0:10:15|
|18||George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma)||0:11:48|
|19||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:14:25|
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Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content on Cyclingnews and takes on live race text coverage throughout the season.
Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Tro-Bro Léon, Strade Bianche, and the Vuelta a España.
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