Ineos Grenadiers pile on the pressure on Giro d'Italia's Mount Etna stage

Richie Porte leads Richard Carapaz in the Giro d'Italia
Richie Porte leads Richard Carapaz in the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Following the Giro d'Italia Budapest time trial on Saturday Ineos Grenadiers celebrated a notable collective display of strength that saw them place four riders in the top 20 and once again on Mount Etna, rather than individual success, the British squad turned in another impressively powerful group performance.

Sicilian-born former Giro d'Italia leader Salvatore Puccio and British national champion Ben Swift did much of the spadework keeping the daylong break of 14 within an acceptable distance time-wise, then Jhonathan Narvaez, Pavel Sivakov and Richie Porte upped the pace hard in the group on the steepest sections of the climbs.

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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.