Egan Bernal strikes on bad weather day and wins Giro d'Italia stage 16
May 24 2021 11:01 pm CET

Egan Bernal strikes on bad weather day and wins Giro d'Italia stage 16
Egan Bernal strikes on bad weather day and wins Giro d'Italia stage 16
Never ending trophy. (c)Giro d'Italia

Ineos-Grenadiers' Egan Bernal has taken the victory of the 16th stage at the Giro d'Italia and has extended his lead in the General Classification.

The 16th stage of the Corsa Rosa was meant to be the Queen Stage but the bad weather conditions forced it to be shortened to 153 kilometres and including only two climbs: La Crosetta and the Passo Giau, and avoided any TV images. 22 riders escaped on the first climb of the day and this group included names like Louis Vervaeke, Gorka Izagirre, Joao Almeida and Vincenzo Nibali.

The front group became smaller as the kilometres passed and the same happened with the peloton. With 27 kilometres to go, Movistar's Antonio Pedrero attacked from the escapees leaving behind a group that also had to change the pace until only Nibali and Davide Formolo remained.

Meanwhile the pack got closer to them and during the last kilometres of the climb, the leader of the General Classification Egan Bernal launched a strong attack that no one was able to follow, and he continued until he overtook the escapees. The Colombian continued the rest of the course alone and crossed the finish line by himself, taking his second stage victory in the race and extending his overall lead.

Team DSM's Romain Bardet, Bahrain Victorious Damiano Caruso, Trek-Segafredo's Giulio Ciccone and EF Education-Nippo's Hugh Carthy completed the top five of the day. Caruso climbed one position in GC and is now second, Carthy is in the third positio and Vlasov keeps his fourth place, while Simon Yates has dropped to the fifth position.
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