Giro d'Italia - Egan Bernal: Evenepoel is a great addition to cycling
May 19 2021 12:09 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Egan Bernal: Evenepoel is a great addition to cycling
Giro d'Italia - Egan Bernal: Evenepoel is a great addition to cycling
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Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadiers) is currently in the first position of the Giro d'Italia after winning the ninth stage of competition.

The Colombian launched a strong attack on the climbing sterrato part of the ninth stage of the Corsa Rosa, which gave him enough seconds to wear Pink at the end of the day. On the next stage, he and Remco Evenepoel -currently in the second overall place- fighting for seconds on an intermediate sprint, which shows the competition the fans are facing in this edition of the race.

"I don't think that the Giro will be decided after a game of seconds," said Bernal on the rest day press conference. "On the last week it isn't about seconds, but possibly about minutes. With such a tough last part of this Giro, I think there will be big gaps there. But you always try to get as close as possible with the time trial in mind. Nevertheless, I don't think I did any extra effort in that sprint. I just saw the opportunity and I was there anyway, so why wouldn't I do it? We are just young athletes eager to race. We enjoy the fight. It was mainly a game for us.

"I am surprised by the form of Remco Evenepoel. I think he surprised us all. The fact that he reaches this level without having raced for nine months means that he has prepared very well. And of course, he's got a lot of class, otherwise he wouldn't be able to show things like these. You really notice that he wants to win the Giro. He is a valuable addition to cycling."

But Bernal doesn't rule out any of the favourites to take the Maglia Rosa after the final day, an individual time trial in Milan. "All riders who are around the minute will compete for the classification," the Colombian explained. "I certainly don't rule out Simon Yates, he's a great rider, and we will have to take him into account.

"In recent years we have seen that riders who lose two minutes in the first week of the Giro can recover and are so good in the end that they can still compete for the victory. We have not seen yet any high mountains and there are many more to come. I am convinced that we will have a very intense second part of the Giro."




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