MILAN — Colombian rider Egan Bernal appears to have finally put his back problems behind him as he added the crossed the line before Milan’s famous cathedral.. Bernal, who won the Tour in 2019, safely maintained his advantage on the to Milan. As tradition dictates, he was last off the ramp, and the had an overall lead of almost two minutes. Bernal completed the 30.3-kilometer (18.8-mile) route in 35 minutes and 41 seconds to clinch overall victory by 1:29, the most significant margin of success at the Giro since 2015. He pumped his hands above his head as he
“It’s difficult to realize what I’ve done. I have just won a. I have no words after what happened in these two years,” said the 24-year-old Bernal, who has struggled with a lingering that forced him to abandon last year’s Tour. was second overall, with Simon Yates completing the podium. . Since claiming it, Bernal had worn the leader’s with an attack on the summit finish. And, along with his team, he brilliantly defended it along the rest of the route to Milan, where he lifted the impressive Trofeo Senza Fine (never-ending trophy).
“Yes, finally, this is my second(win),” Bernal said. “I think at this moment I look calm, but inside, I am exploding with happiness. I’ve already won the Tour and now the Giro. “It is my first Giro, and it was exceptional, the way we rode, and I returned to being a player after nearly two years without good form in a . So, I think it’s special.” Hundreds of fans in Milan’s Piazza Duomo celebrated Bernal’s victory, many waving Colombia flags and of the country’s soccer team.
Bernal’s teammate, Filippo Ganna, won the individual timea late puncture after the Italian’s closest rival, Remi Cavagna, crashed with about 600 meters to go. “When I see the puncture, I think, ‘Ah, today unlucky, I lost the race’,” Ganna said. “I changed the bike really fast, like a Formula One race, and then when I crossed the line, I think, `OK, now will win Cavagna,’ because he’s an excellent rider, perfect . “In the end, when I see his crash, I think, `OK, we have played with the same cards, I puncture, and he’s crashed,’ and the result I think is the same without my puncture and wis crash.”
Ganna was the favorite to triumph on the 21st and. He won the opening in Turin and all three-time trials in last year’s Giro, as well as another location. Ganna took the lead with a time of 33:48, but his chances of winning seemed precarious as he lost about 20 seconds when he was forced to change bikes after the puncture. Cavagna looked set to beat his time, but the French time trial champion appeared to lock up his brakes at a corner and flipped over his bicycle as Ganna watched from the leader’s .
Cavagna got up unhurt and finished second, 12 seconds behind Ganna. Edoardo Affini was third, a double further back. “As a team, we brought home a beautiful result,” Ganna said. “Egan Bernal did something extraordinary that has been built over these. “We worked hard to keep Egan always at the front of the peloton … And to arrive today with the tonight, I think, is a dream of every team.” Egan originally appeared on NBCSports.com