Simon Yates suffers bitter blow in Giro d'Italia GC battle on Passo Giau

CORTINA DAMPEZZO ITALY MAY 24 Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange Gorka Izagirre Insausti of Spain and Team Astana Premier Tech Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Team Astana Premier Tech during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 16 a 153km stage shortened due to bad weather conditions from Sacile to Cortina dAmpezzo 1210m girodiitalia Giro on May 24 2021 in Cortina dAmpezzo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) battles up the Passo Giau on stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Simon Yates' general classification hopes at the Giro d'Italia suffered a bitter blow on stage 16 up the Passo Giau as the Team BikeExchange leader dropped off the podium and lost 2:37 to maglia rosa Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) at the finish in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

The Briton, who lay second overall heading into the day, fell to fifth overall by the stage's finish, and now lies 4:20 down on the Colombian, who took the stage win.

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