Giro d'Italia: Egan Bernal increases overall lead on stage 14 atop Zoncolan

Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) was the surprise winner on stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia with the 25-year-old Grand Tour debutant winning atop the Monte Zoncolan after being in the race-winning break.

The Eolo-Kometa rider, who had never won a race heading into the Giro, attacked Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious) with 2.3km to go, on the toughest part of the climb and managed to hold off the chase to take a memorable and well-deserved win.

Tratnik, who had Fortunato in his sights with 1,000 metres to go, finished second with Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) in third.

"I'm very happy for today. The team is the best and in first attacks my teammate Albanese was with me in the breakaway. The breakaway went easy all day but at the start of the Zoncolan I attacked and stayed behind Tratnik. My legs are very good and I'm very very happy," said Fortunato after the stage.

"I want to thank to all of Eolo-Kometa, Luca Spada who is here with me, because without them, I would never have achieved this wonderful result. I came here thinking of getting into breakaways, but I never imagined winning on the Zoncolan.

"But in the car with Stefano Zanatta, Sean Yates, Ivan Basso, and Jesús Hernández, and Alberto, who is in the team, I think it is the minimum I can do to win this stage, and now we’ll look for others. I’m climbing well, I’m strong, and for sure we will see each other in other stages."

In the race for the maglia rosa Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) improved his race lead. He responded to a late attack from Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) before attacking the British rider with a few hundred metres to go.

Behind Bernal and Yates the overall contenders were blown all over the final climb of the stage after the duo moved clear inside the most-difficult final 3km of the climb. 

Bernal now leads Yates by 1:33, with Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) third at 1:51.

Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana Premier Tech), who had put his team to work for most of the stage, was unable to follow when Bernal and Yates attacked and dropped from second to fourth overall, now 1:57 down.

As expected, the race came down to the final climb, and although the peloton tackled the Zoncolan from the apparently easier side, there were still sizable gaps by the finish. 

The break of the day hit the lower slopes of the climb with over six minutes on the peloton and it was Tratnik who attacked first as he went after his second ever Giro stage win. 

Fortunato bided his time and was patient before kicking free from a group that included such decorated riders as Bauke Mollema and George Bennett before catching Tratnik a few kilometres later. The pair shared the workload as behind them Ineos Grenadiers replaced Astana on the front.

Gianni Moscon brought Bernal and the rest of the British team to the front and they never looked back with almost all of the team taking long pulls on the front as they whittled down the maglia rosa group. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) was the first major name to be cut adrift but he certainly wasn’t the last.

As Tratnik and Fortunato established a 45-second lead over the remnants of the break, Ineos tore up the climb, lining out their rivals as the once confident Vlasov sought shelter in the wheels.

With 2.3km to go, Fortunato accelerated away from his final companion but further down the climb the GC contenders were hanging onto Ineos’ coattails. Remco Evenepoel was the next rider to slip back, while Davide Formolo also shipped considerable time. When Daniel Martinez took over, the maglia rosa group was down to less than a dozen riders but it was Yates – who has been rather subdued thus far in the race – who split the group completely as Hugh Carthy, Caruso, Buchmann and Vlasov failed to follow.

At first, Bernal seemed content to simply follow the BikeExchange rider but inside the final few hundred metres the race leader struck for home, cutting through what was left of the break to finish fourth on the stage and put 11 seconds into Yates on the line.

How it unfolded

As with so many stages at this year’s the main break of the day took time to form but when it did finally escape the clutches of the peloton it contained some serious firepower with Andrii Ponomar (Androni), Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious), Remy Rochas (Cofidis), Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team), Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team), George Bennett (Jumbo Visma), Edoardo Alfini (Jumbo Visma), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar Team), Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo), Jacopo Mosca (Trek Segafredo), and Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) moving clear.

Mollema and Bennett were the obvious standout riders in the break, and each rider had a supporting act with Mosca and Affini part of the group as the move built up a seven minute lead with 150km to go.

Astana Premier-Tech, who started the day with Vlasov in second place overall, quickly took up the duty of controlling the peloton with Bernal’s Ineos squad allowed to surf wheels as the race approached the first major ascent of the day, the category 2 Forcella di Monte Rest.

By that point the break had established a lead of 8:23 but at the summit, with Mollema leading over the top, the advantage has dropped to just shy of six minutes.

On the descent Astana pressed home their aggression with Luis Leon Sanchez, Vlasov Gorka Izagirre, and Harold Tejada all attacking. Bernal and Castroviejo were quick to follow with Bello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) as panic rained down on the rest of the peloton. Team DSM and EF were forced into a frantic chase with the gap out to almost 30 seconds and with just over 40km remaining there was a slight regrouping in the valley. One rider who missed the boat was Evenepoel, who was caught out and needed the help of his entire team before eventually making contact.

There was still no let up from Astana, however, with Vlasov’s team remaining on the front of the vastly reduced maglia rosa group as they GC contenders raced along the valley and towards the Monte Zoncalon.

Heading towards the daunting Zoncolan the break held a six-minute lead over the bunch with Ineos Grenadiers content to let Astana once more control the pace.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 5:17:22
2Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:26
3Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:59
4Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:43
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:47
6Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:01:54
7George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 0:02:10
8Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 0:02:18
9Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:22
10Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
11Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
12Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:02:27
13Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:29
14Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:02:37
15Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM 0:02:45
16Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech 0:02:55
17Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:07
18João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:11
19Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:13
20Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Team BikeExchange
21Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo
22Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:03:32
23Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis 0:04:04
24Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:04:19
25Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team BikeExchange 0:04:26
26Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:04:31
27Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
28Andrii Ponomar (Ukr) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:04:52
29Einer Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team 0:05:37
30Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:39
31Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:41
32Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ
33Mark Christian (GBr) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:05:53
34Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:06:59
35Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers
36Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:07:27
37Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:07:47
38Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:08:41
39Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:09:05
40Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:09:45
41Tanel Kangert (Est) Team BikeExchange 0:09:47
42Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:10:25
43Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM 0:10:46
44Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:12:04
45Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
46Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
47Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R Citroën Team 0:12:54
48Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:13:29
49Jhonatan Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:13:52
50Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
51Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:14:07
52Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:14:58
53Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:15:04
54Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team DSM 0:15:10
55Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:15:43
56Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation
57Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:15:58
58Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:16:19
59Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
60Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:17:03
61Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:19:18
62Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:20:57
63Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) Trek-Segafredo
64Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team DSM
65Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
66Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo
67Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
68Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
69Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education-Nippo
70Quinten Hermans (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
71James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep
72Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
73Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:21:03
74Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:22:27
75Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma 0:24:33
76Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Education-Nippo 0:24:55
77Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
78Harold Tejada Canacue (Col) Astana-Premier Tech 0:25:32
79Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 0:25:48
80Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:31:11
81Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 0:31:20
82Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:31:31
83Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:31:34
84Simon Pellaud (Swi) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:31:37
85Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
86Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain Victorious 0:31:45
87Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team 0:32:10
88Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:32:12
89Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:32:23
90Márton Dina (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:32:48
91Nicola Venchiarutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:34:24
92Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
93Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
94Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
95Michael Hepburn (Aus) Team BikeExchange
96Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
97Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team BikeExchange
98Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
99Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 0:34:30
100Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
101Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
102Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:34:43
103Paul Martens (Ger) Jumbo-Visma 0:34:52
104Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:34:55
105Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:35:05
106Nico Denz (Ger) Team DSM 0:35:19
107Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM
108Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo 0:35:25
109Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:35:28
110Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cofidis 0:35:35
111Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ
112Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis
113Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos
114Mauro Schmid (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos
115Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
116Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
117Filippo Tagliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
118Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team
119Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
120Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
121Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:35:51
122Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
123Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:35:57
124Umberto Marengo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:36:10
125Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:36:11
126Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:36:21
127Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:36:30
128Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team 0:36:32
129Max Kanter (Ger) Team DSM 0:36:38
130Wesley Kreder (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:36:50
131Riccardo Minali (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
132Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:36:57
133Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
134Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-up Nation 0:37:16
135Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation 0:37:17
136Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis 0:37:38
137Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
138Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
139Samuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
140Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
141Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
142Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:37:41
143Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:37:44
144Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
145Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix 0:37:46
146Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
147Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:37:48
148Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:38:33
149Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:38:35
150Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis
151Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
152Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
153Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
154Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
155Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
156Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:38:40
157Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team BikeExchange
158Callum Scotson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
159Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:38:43
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
DNSDavid Dekker (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
DNSDylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
DNSJai Hindley (Aus) Team DSM
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Sprint 1 - Meduno km. 120.6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious 12
2Andrii Ponomar (Ukr) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 8
3Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 6
4Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis 5
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 4
6Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma 3
7George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 2
8Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 1
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Sprint 2 - Monte Zoncolan km. 205
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 15
2Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious 12
3Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 9
4Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 7
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 6
6Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 5
7George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 4
8Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 3
9Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 2
10Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 1
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Mountain 1 - Castello di Caneva km. 76.9
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 3
2Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 2
3Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis 1
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Mountain 2 - Forcella Monte Rest km. 146.9
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 18
2Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 8
3Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious 6
4Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma 4
5George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 2
6Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 1
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Mountain 3 - Monte Zoncolan km. 205
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 40
2Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious 18
3Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 12