The Vuelta a Espana hit the Hors Categorie peaks and delivered a sizzling stage 9. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious) reminded cycling fans that his Giro exploits were NO FLUKE. The Italian escaped from the break-of-the-day with 71km to go and carried on to claim stage victory and the blue polkas. Behind him the GC was shaken all about in the fierce heat of battle on the final climb. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) zoomed away with Movistar’s Enric Mas, then nipped around him in the closing metres to grab second on the stage and increase his GC lead by 3 seconds. Mas and his teammate Miguel Angel Lopez now sit 2nd and 3rd respectively. Oh La Vuelta IS ON! Continue reading
Kathi, Midge, Luke and Euan get together round the table to pull apart the 2021 Giro d’Italia.
- The stages we adored, despite not seeing
- Our MVPs of the race
- A lot of Ganna love
- A little EF love
- And is Simon Yates really a rider in the mould of Marco Pantani?
Catch up on the blog!
Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) triumphed at his 4th consecutive Giro d’Italia time trial. Not even a late puncture and bike change could keep the World Champion from the top step of the podium. In truth, it would have been a heck of lot closer, and peut-etre even a second place, if his nearest rival Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck Quick Step) hadn’t completely misjudged a corner to fly off into the barriers!! Egan Bernal (INEOS-Grenadiers) paced it perfectly in pink to take possession of the most beautiful trophy in all of cycling on his debut Giro. Bahrain-Victorious’ Damiano Caruso cruised around to solidify his marvellous second place and Simon Yates (BikeExchange) held on to his third. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) stayed in forth, while Dani Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) and Joao Almeida moved up to finish 5th and 6th respectively.