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.
The World hour record holder Victor Campenaerts won stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia in the Slovenian town of Gorizia. The Qhubeka Assos rider out-sprinted Oscar Riesebeek of Alpecin-Fenix on a wet day. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) finished in the peloton to hold his pink jersey.
An unbelievable finish to the toughest Giro d'Italia stage of 2021 so far. Lorenzo Fortunato of the eolo-Kometa team crossed the finish line first on the summit of the Monte Zoncolan. Egan Bernal put time into all the other GC rider to lengthen his overall lead. The Colombian now has 1:33 on Simon Yates in second place.
At the end of a leg shattering stage 9, INEOS Grenadiers' Egan Bernal shot from the peloton to pass the split break of the day to take the victory on the gravel of Campo Felice. The Colombian also took charge of the pink jersey with 15 seconds on Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck - Quick-Step).
Nov 23, 2020: Only seven months to the Tour de France. NTT now Qhubeka and Assos - TOP STORY. Reports and video from Merksplas cross and Israeli road champs. Kittel gets engaged, Giro'21 start in Turin, Bernal back problem, Valverde’s bad season, EF and POC, San Juan go ahead, rider retirements and lots of contract news.
Two more exciting Vuelta stages to catch up with. Lotto Soudal defends 2021 young team - TOP STORY. No Covid-19 positives in la Vuelta. Tour de France 2021 presentation, Riwal Securitas hopeful. Evenepoel apologises, Bernal talks back injury, San Remo ignores Savona. Plus 'The Decisive Week – Giro d’Italia 2020' by Sunweb.
As we embark on the final week of the 2020 Tour de France, Ed Hood looks at the action so far. Sunday's stage 15 ended a few hopes, but the race is not over yet and the battle of the Slovenians is still on, with a couple of Colombians and Adam Yates waiting in the wings.