Success is total for the Ineos Grenadiers team with Egan Bernal’s final victory over the Giro d’Italia. His teammate Filippo Ganna, world champion in the discipline, won the last time trial in the streets of Milan, ahead of Frenchman Rémi Cavagna. At 24, Bernal confirms his status, forgetting his back problems which forced him to abandon the last Tour de France, last September.
For his discovery of the Tour of Italy, Egan Bernal kept his rank and offered himself this Sunday, on the occasion of the final time trial, the final victory. Since taking power at the top of Campo Felice, on the evening of the ninth stage, where he had won his first stage victory on a Grand Tour, the Colombian has hardly wavered.
The party is total this Sunday in Milan for the Ineos team. Like last year, Filippo Ganna won the final time. Last October, it was already one of his teammates, Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart, who won the general. This time, the Italian rider experienced a small fright two kilometers from the finish, victim of a puncture. But if Rémi Cavagna could have beaten him, the French stopwatch champion suffered a fall 400 meters from the finish, in the last corner, ultimately finishing 12 seconds behind the one who signed his fifth straight victory over a time trial of the Tour of Italy. A record in history.
Bernal in master’s degree
Already winner of the Tour de France 2019, Egan Bernal adds the Giro to his list at 24. Team leader Ineos Grenadiers, who was able to count on the invaluable support of his teammates throughout the race, including his lieutenant Daniel Martinez in the mountains, is rediscovering the thread of his career. During the last Tour de France, last September, Bernal left the race, powerless, on the morning of the 17th stage.
Disturbed by back pain, Egan Bernal has experienced a complicated offseason and moments of doubts in recent months. But his problems now seem to be well behind him, with this triumph on the Giro in front of the local Damiano Caruso, astonishing second at 33 years after the retirement of his leader Mikel Landa, and Simon Yates.
Winner this Monday of a second stage in Cortina d’Ampezzo, at the end of a day marked by the removal of two passes due to climatic conditions, Egan Bernal only experienced one alert the day after the second day of rest , Wednesday at Sega di Ala, put in difficulty by Simon Yates. But like the last summit finish this Saturday, at Alpe Motta, Egan Bernal managed to manage his lead to become the second Colombian in history, after Nairo Quintana in 2014, to triumph on the Tour d ‘Italy.
Bardet 7th overall
On the side of Romain Bardet, who played his first Grand Tour with his new DSM team, the Frenchman finished 7th in the general classification, behind Joao Almeida for a few hundredths. An honorable performance, for the one who had his best day this Monday at Cortina d’Ampezzo, in difficult conditions as he likes them. Again on the attack this Saturday, Bardet could not follow Damiano Caruso in the last slopes of Alpe Motta to claim the final victory.
For French cycling, the results are rather satisfactory, with a stage success for Victor Lafay (Cofidis), winner in an adventurer at Guardia Sanframondi, on the occasion of the 8th stage. AG2R-Citroën also won a bouquet thanks to the Italian Andrea Vendrame and the Groupama-FDJ wore the pink jersey for 3 days thanks to the Hungarian Attila Valter. Rémi Cavagna will be able to regret his fault in this time in Milan, while he did not go far from victory on Thursday, picked up in the final by Alberto Bettiol after a solo attempt.