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).
Saturday is a good day for the break to go all the way to the finish, and to day the escape men had their dream come true. A group of nine held the peloton at 5 minutes to the base of the final climb. The attacks soon came, but it was Victor Lafay who won the stage for the Cofidis team. Francesco Gavazzi was second. Attila Valter kept his pink jersey.
At the end of a long and technical sprint it was Caleb Ewan who won stage 7 by a bike length from David Cimolai (Israel Start-up Nation). The sprint had been opened up by UAE Team Emirates' Fernando Gaviria who took an early flyer, but the Australian had speed on his side. Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) held the overall lead.
It wasn't just the weather that was changeable on stage 6 of the Italian Grand Tour, the overall ranking was turned upside down. Gino Mäder won the stage, but INEOS Grenadiers put the pressure on in the heavy rain to split the race for Egan Bernal. Alessandro De Marchi was blown out of the pink jersey to be replaced by Attila Valter as Remco Evenepoel moved into second overall.
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The little Australian, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), won a crazy technical finish to stage 5 in Cattolica. He weaved his way through the final traffic jam to shoot his front wheel across the line ahead of the unlucky Giacomo Nizzolo. Ewan was in a class of his own in the last metres. Alessandro De Marchi held the overall lead.
We expected a change on the overall today, but the race was turned upside down on the steep slopes to Sestola. The big break of the day went all the way to the finish and it was UAE Team Emirates' Joe Dombrowski who fought through the rain to win the stage. Alessandro De Marchi came in just behind to take the pink jersey for the Israel Start up Nation.
Who was more surprised today - The peloton or the stage winner himself, Taco van der Hoorn? BORA-hansgrohe chased all day for a Peter Sagan win, but it was Van der Hoorn who dropped the break and solo'd to the finish in Canale for a big win for the Dutchman and his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team.
The 2021 Giro d'Italia started with a bang as Filippo Ganna stormed through the streets of Torino at nearly 60 kilometers per hour to take the first pink jersey. Spencer Martin 'Breaks-down' the weekend's racing and looks at the implications for the next weeks in the Italian Grand Tour.