Egan Bernal adds Giro d’Italia title to Tour de France win

Colombia's Egan Bernal completes the 30.3-kilometre route in 35 minutes, 41 seconds to clinch overall victory at the Giro d'Italia by 1:29; Damiano Caruso finishes second.

Egan Bernal celebrates on the podium after completing the final stage. - AP

Colombian rider Egan Bernal appears to have finally put his back problems behind him as he added the Giro d’Italia title to his Tour de France win on Sunday.

Bernal, who won the Tour in 2019, safely maintained his advantage on the final day’s time trial to Milan. As tradition dictates, he was last off the ramp and the Ineos Grenadiers rider had an overall lead of almost two minutes.

Bernal completed the 30.3-kilometre (18.8-mile) route in 35 minutes, 41 seconds to clinch overall victory by 1:29, the biggest margin of victory at the Giro since 2015. He pumped his hands above his head as he crossed the line in front of Milan's famous cathedral.

'No words'

“It’s difficult to realise what I’ve done. I have just won a Giro d’Italia. I have no words after what happened in these two years,” said the 24-year-old Bernal, who has struggled with a lingering back injury that forced him to abandon last year's Tour.

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Damiano Caruso was second overall, with Simon Yates completing the podium. Yates finished 4:15 behind Bernal.

Bernal had worn the leader’s pink jersey since claiming it by winning the ninth stage 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 Grand Tour (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 very special, the way we rode, the way I returned to being a player after nearly two years without good form in a Grand Tour. So, I think it’s special.”

There were hundreds of fans in Milan’s Piazza Duomo celebrating Bernal's victory, many waving Colombia flags and wearing shirts of the country’s football team. Bernal’s team-mate, Filippo Ganna, won the individual time trial despite a late puncture after the Italian’s closest rival, Rémi Cavagna, crashed with about 600 metres to go.

 

“When I see the puncture, I think, ‘Ah, today unlucky, I lose the race’,” Ganna said. “I changed the bike really well, really fast, like a Formula One race, and then when I crossed the line I think, ‘O.K., now will win Cavagna,’ because he’s a really good rider, really good time trial. In the end when I see his crash, I think, ‘O.K., 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 without his crash.”

Ganna was the favourite to triumph on the 21st and final stage. He won the opening time trial in Turin and all three time trials in last year’s Giro as well as another stage.

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 hot seat.

Cavagna got up unhurt and finished second, 12 seconds behind Ganna. Edoardo Affini was third, a second further back.

“As a team, we brought home a beautiful result,” Ganna said. “Egan Bernal did something wonderful that has been built over these last three weeks. We worked hard to keep Egan always at the front of the peloton ... And to arrive today with the pink jersey and celebrate tonight all together I think is a dream of every team.”

Giro d'Italia Champions

1909 - Luigi Ganna (Italy)

1910 - Carlo Galetti (Italy)

1911 - Carlo Galetti (Italy)

1912 - Team Atala

1913 - Carlo Oriani (Italy)

1914 - Alfonso Calzolari (Italy)

1919 - Costante Girardengo (Italy)

1920 - Gaetano Belloni (Italy)

1921 - Giovanni Brunero (Italy)

1922 - Giovanni Brunero (Italy)

1923 - Costante Girardengo (Italy)

1924 - Giuseppe Enrici (Italy)

1925 - Alfredo Binda (Italy)

1926 - Giovanni Brunero (Italy)

1927 - Alfredo Binda (Italy)

1928 - Alfredo Binda (Italy)

1929 - Alfredo Binda (Italy)

1930 - Luigi Marchisio (Italy)

1931 - Francesco Camusso (Italy)

1932 - Antonio Pesenti (Italy)

1933 - Alfredo Binda (Italy)

1934 - Learco Guerra (Italy)

1935 - Vasco Bergamaschi (Italy)

1936 - Gino Bartali (Italy)

1937 - Gino Bartali (Italy)

1938 - Giovanni Valetti (Italy)

1939 - Giovanni Valetti (Italy)

1940 - Fausto Coppi (Italy)

1946 - Vasco Bergamaschi (Italy)

1947 - Fausto Coppi (Italy)

1948 - Fiorenzo Magni (Italy)

1949 - Fausto Coppi (Italy)

1950 - Hugo Koblet (Switzerland)

1951 - Fiorenzo Magni (Italy)

1952 - Fausto Coppi (Italy)

1953 - Fausto Coppi (Italy)

1954 - Carlo Clerici (Switzerland)

1955 - Fiorenzo Magni (Italy)

1956 - Charly Gaul (Luxembourg)

1957 - Gastone Nencini (Italy)

1958 - Ercole Baldini (Italy)

1959 - Charly Gaul (Luxembourg)

1960 - Jacques Anquetil (France)

1961 - Arnaldo Pambianco (Italy)

1962 - Franco Balmamion (Italy)

1963 - Franco Balmamion (Italy)

1964 - Jacques Anquetil (France)

1965 - Vittorio Adorni (Italy)

1966 - Gianni Motta (Italy)

1967 - Felice Gimondi (Italy)

1968 - Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1969 - Felice Gimondi (Italy)

1970 - Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1971 - Gosta Petterson (Sweden)

1972 - Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1973 - Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1974 - Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1975 - Fausto Bertoglio (Italy)

1976 - Felice Gimondi (Italy)

1977 - Michel Pollentier (Belgium)

1978 - Johan de Muynck (Belgium)

1979 - Giuseppe Saronni (Italy)

1980 - Bernard Hinault (France)

1981 - Giovanni Battaglin (Italy)

1982 - Bernard Hinault (France)

1983 - Giuseppe Saronni (Italy)

1984 - Francesco Moser (Italy)

1985 - Bernard Hinault (France)

1986 - Roberto Visentini (Italy)

1987 - Stephen Roche (Ireland)

1988 - Andrew Hampsten (United States)

1989 - Laurent Fignon (France)

1990 - Gianni Bugno (Italy)

1991 - Franco Chioccioli (Italy)

1992 - Miguel Indurain (Spain)

1993 - Miguel Indurain (Spain)

1994 - Eugeni Berzin (Russia)

1995 - Tony Rominger (Switzerland)

1996 - Pavel Tonkov (Russia)

1997 - Ivan Gotti (Italy)

1998 - Marco Pantani (Italy)

1999 - Ivan Gotti (Italy)

2000 - Stefano Garzelli (Italy)

2001 - Gilberto Simoni (Italy)

2002 - Paolo Savoldelli (Italy)

2003 - Gilberto Simoni (Italy)

2004 - Damiano Cunego (Italy)

2005 - Paolo Savoldelli (Italy)

2006 - Ivan Basso (Italy)

2007 - Danilo Di Luca (Italy)

2008 - Alberto Contador (Spain)

2009 - Denis Menchov (Russia)

2010 - Ivan Basso (Italy)

2011 - Michele Scarponi (Italy)

2012 - Ryder Hesjedal (Canada)

2013 - Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)

2014 - Nairo Quintana (Colombia)

2015 - Alberto Contador (Spain)

2016 - Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)

2017 - Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

2018 - Chris Froome (Britain)

2019 - Richard Carapaz (Ecuador)

2020 - Tao Geoghegan Hart (Britain)

2021 - Egan Bernal (Colombia)

NOTE: No races from 1915-18, 1941-45 because of war.

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