Ineos Grenadiers celebrates in closing stage of Giro d'Italia, Ganna takes ITT win and Bernal seals GC victory
May 31 2021 12:48 am CET

Ineos Grenadiers celebrates in closing stage of Giro d'Italia, Ganna takes ITT win and Bernal seals GC victory
Ineos Grenadiers celebrates in closing stage of Giro d'Italia, Ganna takes ITT win and Bernal seals GC victory
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Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) has been the fastest man in the closing individual time trial of the Giro d'Italia, Egan Bernal has taken the overall win of the race.

The last stage of the 104th edition of the Italian grand tour was a 30.3-kilometre long individual time trial from Senago to Milano. Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe) was one of the first riders to set a good time by stopping the clock at 34 minutes and 42 seconds.

But the rider was moved from the hot seat by Max Walscheid, who completed the route in 34 minutes and 21 seconds. But soon it was the time for the time trial world champion Filippo Ganna, who soon started overtaken riders that started the fight against the clock before him.

Although the Italian was going certain to a new stage victory in the race -after he already took one on the first stage of the race- he suffered a puncture and had to change bikes, but he managed to finish in 33 minutes and 48 seconds and still set the best time. Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Remy Cavagna was also doing a great ride that was going to be close to the time of the Italian of Ineos Grenadiers, but he crashed with 500 metres to go and finished in the second place.

Soon after, the moment came for the General Classification riders and Joao Almeida was one of the most successful of the day as he finished 27 seconds behind Ganna, which was enough for him to climb two spots to the sixth position of the overall standings, while Daniel Martinez (Ineos Grenadiers) climbed to the fifth position, Romanin Bardet (DSM) lost two spots to the seventh and Hugh Carthy dropped one to the eight.

The leader of the General Classification Egan Bernal, who started the stage with a one minute and 59 seconds margin over Damiano Caruso and three minutes and 23 seconds over Simon Yates, completed the route one minute and 53 seconds behind his teammate Ganna, which was enough for him to take the overall win of the race -the first one of his career.

The winner of the 2019 Tour de France was on the final podium in Milano with Caruso and Yates.




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