RoundEgan Bernal won the 104th Tour de Italia. The Colombian started the 30.3 km trial with Milan with a big lead of nearly two minutes over Damiano Caruso and saw that his captain’s shirt was not in danger. Filippo Jana won the last tumultuous trial.
The last time the Giro ended in Milan resulted in beautiful duels. In 2017, Tom Dumoulin had the overall victory on the last day and Jos van Emden won on the last attempt. Last year, Tao Jiujiang Hart and Jay Hindley turned it into a nice fight with Geoje Jean Hart as the big winner. The chance to get as exciting as it was six months ago was small, because Bernal started the race against the clock on the pool court with a 1.59-minute lead over Damiano Caruso.
First, it was the turn of the lower-ranked riders, including Filippo Jana. The test world champ looked on his way to the best time ever, but had to change bikes just before the end due to the flat rear tires. It gave him at least twenty seconds of wasting time and as a result the rest of the field suddenly had a chance to win the trial of time. Edoardo Affini from Jumbo-Visma, for example, ended up short of 12 seconds. In terms of today’s earnings, she was basically waiting for Remy Kavagna.
The Frenchman somewhat managed to limit damage along the way and even let him dream about a day to the last kilometer profit, but then things went wrong. The penultimate corner misjudged the Deceuninck-Quick Step contestant, causing him to tumble forward. He got back on his bike, but, like Aveni, he was 12 seconds away from winning. Without a fall, he could have taken advantage of Ganna’s bike change. It didn’t stop at that unique moment. Moments later, Matteo Sobrero of Astana was obstructed by the other team cars while on his way to interim second place. Instead of diving under Kavagna and Aveni, he should have joined after them.
A fight for pink
Due to the big differences in the standings, the chance of turnovers was small, but everything was possible for fourth place. It was less than two minutes between fourth place Alexander Vlasov and eighth place Joao Almeida. Vlasov rode well and kept fourth, Daniel Martinez was only fifth, ahead of Almeida (at the same time), and Bardet, slumped, finished seventh before Catastrophic.
But of course it was all about pink. At the first intermediate point after 9.1 kilometers, Bernal lost nine seconds to Caruso, but that wasn’t close enough to make Caruso feel nervous. After an intermediate point, the difference increased to twenty beats. Without accidents, Bernal will be the second Colombian after Nero Quintana to win Jero and that is what happened. In Milan’s Duomo, the leader of the Ineos-Grenadiers was crowned with three successful weeks, which he started three weeks earlier with many doubts about his back problems. Queen Bowman deserves to be ranked 12th.
For Bernal, this is his second year in a big tour. The 24-year-old Colombian already won the Tour de France in 2019. Caruso finally finished second with a time of 1.29 minutes, and Yates finished third in over four minutes. Bernal succeeds teammate Geoghegan Hart.
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