Simon Yates: It would take something very special to win the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (BikeExchange) and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) at the Giro d'Italia
Simon Yates (BikeExchange) and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Variations circulate on a similar theme on the second rest day of the Giro d’Italia. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) suggested that Egan Bernal was untouchable. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) felt that the Ineos Grenadiers rider couldn’t be beaten. Aleksandr Vlasov’s directeur sportif at Astana-Premier Tech, Giuseppe Martinelli, reckoned that the Colombian would need to suffer “not just one crisis, but two or three” to lose the Giro from here.

Simon Yates’ rest day thought didn’t stray far from that consensus. Buoyed by Tour of the Alps victory, the Team BikeExchange rider arrived at this race as a favourite alongside Bernal, but with five stages remaining, he finds himself in fifth overall, 4:20 off the maglia rosa.

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