Giro d’Italia Stage 21: Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) topped and tailed this Giro with wins in the first and last stages. Ganna’s team leader, Egan Bernal finished the final time trial stage safely to win the 2021 Giro d’Italia ahead of Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious). The top four on GC didn’t change, the top 10 had a couple of upsets.
First Giro overall win for Egan Bernal
Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) has won the 104th Giro d’Italia. Wearing the Maglia Rosa the Colombian lifted the Trofeo Senza Fine. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) and Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) finished second and third. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) won Stage 21, 30.3 kilometres from Senago to Milano time trial. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) finished second and third, respectively.
The trophy waiting for Egan Bernal
Giro stage 21 route: The start of the ITT is set in the centre of Senago. The stage is played out on wide and mostly straight roads, as far as Sesto San Giovanni. From here on, the course runs almost straight up to 2 km from the finish in Piazza Duomo. Tramway tracks, roundabouts and street furniture are found repeatedly along the route. In the stage finale, the route first runs on wide avenues, and then on narrowed roads over the last few hundred metres, with several consecutive 90-degree turns over the last 100-150 metres, before entering Piazza Duomo. The home straight (250m) is on 6m wide stone-paved road.
Mathias Brändle set one of the first top times
Riccardo Minali was the first rider on the course between Senago and Milan. He was also the first to finish in the Piazza del Duomo, but his time of 37:27 did not raise an eyebrow. Everyone was looking forward to the ride of Filippo Ganna. The time trial World champion was the first big name on the starting podium.
Filippo Ganna – Puncture! No problem
Ganna posted two impressive split times and looked unthreatened on his way to the finish, until he had a puncture with 2 kilometres to the finish and had to change bikes. Despite that, the INEOS Grenadiers rider set the fastest time with 33:48, finishing ahead of Edoardo Affini. The Jumbo-Visma Italian, was second behind Ganna in the opening time trial, but lost 13 seconds today.
Points leader/winner Peter Sagan
Affini was close… well fairly close
Two battles had been decided on Saturday, the points and the KOM going to Peter Sagan and Geoffrey Bouchard. Sagan won the points classification in the Giro for the first time, while Bouchard secured the KOM.
KOM – Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën)
The time trial didn’t go well for Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) with a crash near the finish
Another Frenchman hoped to take a shot at the stage victory. Rémi Cavagna was on the right track and was only 18 seconds behind Ganna at the second time check, and knowing that the Italian had to change bikes due to his puncture, the stage victory was there for the taking. However, the French champion was too eager and misjudged a corner and hit the barriers. At the finish, he had lost 12 seconds to Ganna, taking second place.
Affini was expecting a better race
The battle between the top riders mainly focused on the strong time trialists, such as Tobias Foss, João Almeida and Damiano Caruso. Since the differences were significant, there was not much at stake anymore, but there could be changes in the final GC. Almeida, eighth overall, finished fifth in the time trial. As a result, he overtook Hugh Carthy and Romain Bardet in the overall standings. Daniel Felipe Mártinez kept Almeida behind him, with a difference of five hundredths of a second.
A strong ride from Almeida moved him to 6th place
Aleksandr Vlasov held onto his fourth place on GC. Behind him, Mártinez finished 5th, closely followed by Almeida in 6th. Bardet finished the Giro in 7th place and Carthy in 8th. Tobias Foss was the best Jumbo-Visma rider in 9th place, Daniel Martin was 10th.
Simon Yates had no pressure to finish in third place overall
Egan Bernal was the last rider to start. He had a lead of 1:59 to defend over Caruso, at the finish he lost only 30 seconds to the Italian. Without taking any risks, the Colombian was able to finish in Milan and take the overall victory.
With a fast time trial Caruso put time in to Bernal and Yates, but no change from second spot
After the 2019 Tour de France, the 2021 Giro d’Italia will be 24-year-old Bernal’s second overall victory in a Grand Tour. On the podium in the Duomo Square in Milan, Bernal was joined by Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) and Simon Yates (BikeExchange). For 33-year-old Caruso, it is his first podium finish in a Grand Tour. For Yates, who has won the Vuelta a España in 2018, it is his first podium in the Giro.
No panic for Egan Bernal
Job well done for Egan Bernal
Stage winner, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers): “To win my fifth ITT in the Giro is fantastic. Today I also beat bad luck, I had a puncture but I managed to change the bike really fast, like an F1 pit stop. As a team, we brought home a beautiful result. Egan Bernal did something wonderful that has been built over these last three weeks. We worked hard to keep Egan always at the front of the peloton: this Maglia Rosa is a success for the whole team and thanks to Egan for having finished it all off in the best possible way.”
A happy Colombian
The final overall winner, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “I can’t believe what’s happening, I have just won the Giro d’Italia, I really have no words. I have had two difficult years with some problems that I hope to have put behind me with this success. The Maglia Rosa is special and the Giro is the most beautiful race in the world. I have no words to describe everything I feel. In this race I found the freedom to ride as I like, I will never forget these three weeks.”
# Arrivederci a tutti e grazie. #
Giro d’Italia Stage 21 Result:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 33:49
2. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:12
3. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma at 0:13
4. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:14
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:27
6. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka Assos at 0:33
7. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo at 0:34
8. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 0:42
9. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:44
10. Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:47
11. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:54
12. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:58
13. Nikias Arndt (Ger) DSM at 1:02
14. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:21
15. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:22
16. Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-up Nation at 1:23
17. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:23
18. Felix Grossschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:23
19. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:26
20. Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo at 1:38
21. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:45
22. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:50
23. Michael Hepburn (Aus) BikeExchange at 1:52
24. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:53
25. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers.
Giro d’Italia Final Overall Result:
1. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers in 86:17:28
2. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:29
3. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 4:15
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 6:40
5. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:24
6. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 8:05
8. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 8:56
9. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 11:44
10. Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation at 18:35
11. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 25:35
12. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 30:56
13. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 37:58
14. Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ at 45:30
15. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 47:21
16. Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) eolo-Kometa at 47:31
17. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 56:32
18. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:03:59
19. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:04:12
20. Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:05:19
21. Tanel Kangert (Est) BikeExchange at 1:07:25
22. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar at 1:07:50
23. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:18:16
24. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:18:17
25. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) BikeExchange at 1:20:58.