Romain Bardet surprises himself with second on stage 16 at the Giro d'Italia

Romain Bardet (DSM) rides ahead of Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) on the Passo Giau
Romain Bardet (Team DSM) took second place on stage 16 ahead of Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

As the Giro d'Italia enters its third week, French contender Romain Bardet's steady GC progress accelerated sharply on Monday in the Dolomites, even if the Team DSM leader only actually discovered he was the runner-up of stage 16 after crossing the finish line.

"I'm second?" the Frenchman asked when told by reporters that only solo winner Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) had beaten him to the finish in Cortina d'Ampezzo. "Ok, I thought that [Vincenzo] Nibali was still ahead, too. That's not so bad at all then."

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