The Colombian Egan Bernal won the Giro d’Italia 2021 on Sunday, the leader of the Ineos Grenadiers received a heroic welcome in front of the Duomo cathedral in Milan at the end of the 21st stage against the clock.
The 24-year-old Colombian won two individual stages and completed the course of 3,479 km 89 seconds ahead of Italian Damiano Caruso while Briton Simon Yates finished third.
The final day of the 30.3km individual time trial was won by teammate Bernal Filippo Ganna, who also won the opening day time trial.
The Giro’s victory marks a return to form for Bernal who flopped when the cards were stacked against him in the 2020 Tour de France.
The climber specialist who grew up in the Andes took the lead in the overall standings for the ninth stage on a clay finish that could have suited this former mountain biker.
He then staged an iconic stage 16 finish line triumph, stripping off his outerwear on a cold, rain-soaked mountain to cross the finish line first in the pink jersey, arms outstretched in a sign of acclamation.
It was a similar scene in Milan on Sunday as a broad smile swept across his stone-faced racing air as he raised his arms at the end of a tough three weeks where he proved last year’s failure. was a failure.
Bernal was forced to retreat for a few days by a resurgent Yates, but managed to maintain a comfortable lead over the last tense stages.
For Ineos (formerly Team Sky) it was a third Giro victory after Tao Geoghegan Hart won it in 2020 and Chris Froome in 2018.
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