Bookshelf: As we all know, Europe is the Promised Land of Cycling and as a professional athlete if you want to make it big you need to make it there. 2019 saw a Colombian, Egan Bernal, victorious, and a fascinating book, “The Big Climb,” recounts the ups and downs of a South American country's love affair with pro racing.
The 2021 Giro d'Italia lived up to all our hopes and even though the pink jersey was on the shoulders of Egan Bernal from stage 9 to the finish, the race lost no excitement. Ed Hood was glued to his TV set to give us his Giro final summing up.
The final tough week of the 2021 Giro d'Italia could have brought pitfalls for Egan Bernal, but the Colombian showed maturity beyond his years. Having the strongest team in the race was obviously a big help, but Bernal still had turn the pedals. Spencer Martin gives us his final 'Giro Breakdown'.
Filippo Ganna topped and tailed this Giro with wins in the first and last stages. Egan Bernal finished the final time trial stage safely to win the 2021 Giro d'Italia ahead of Damiano Caruso. The top four on GC didn't change, the top 10 had a couple of upsets.
With a very brave attack, second overall Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) won stage 20, the last mountain stage of the 2021 Giro d'Italia. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) finished second on the stage to guarantee his final overall win, barring accidents, after Sunday's time trial.
The battle for the 2021 giro d'Italia is far from over. Simon Yates (BikeExchange) attacked on the final climb of the Alpe di Mera for the stage win and took back time on overall leader, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers). Yates is now 20 seconds from second placed Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) and 2:49 on Bernal.
On what was expected to be a sprinter's day, the break was allowed to ride away to contest its own race. After a brave attack from Remi Cavagna, it was Alberto Bettiol who finished solo in Stradella for his first win in Italy. Egan Bernal had no problem holding his overall lead.
Dan Martin timed his finish of stage 16 perfectly for the win. But behind the Irishman there was a big change in the top ten and overall leader, Egan Bernal cracked on the final climb. Simon Yates moved up the standing with a bold move in the finalé. Bernal still in pink, but...
What was going to be a decisive stage was shortened and due to the weather was without live TV. This didn't stop the race leader, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers), stamping his authority on the Passo Giau and soled to the finish for the stage win and more lead time. Romain Bardet and Damiano Caruso finished second and third at 27 seconds.