GIRO’21 Final Stage 21: 5th Giro TT For Ganna, 1st Giro Pink for Bernal

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Giro d’Italia Stage 21: Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) topped and tailed this Giro with wins in the first and last stages. Ganna’s team leader, Egan Bernal finished the final time trial stage safely to win the 2021 Giro d’Italia ahead of Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious). The top four on GC didn’t change, the top 10 had a couple of upsets.

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First Giro overall win for Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) has won the 104th Giro d’Italia. Wearing the Maglia Rosa the Colombian lifted the Trofeo Senza Fine. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) and Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) finished second and third. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) won Stage 21, 30.3 kilometres from Senago to Milano time trial. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) finished second and third, respectively.

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The trophy waiting for Egan Bernal

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Giro stage 21 route: The start of the ITT is set in the centre of Senago. The stage is played out on wide and mostly straight roads, as far as Sesto San Giovanni. From here on, the course runs almost straight up to 2 km from the finish in Piazza Duomo. Tramway tracks, roundabouts and street furniture are found repeatedly along the route. In the stage finale, the route first runs on wide avenues, and then on narrowed roads over the last few hundred metres, with several consecutive 90-degree turns over the last 100-150 metres, before entering Piazza Duomo. The home straight (250m) is on 6m wide stone-paved road.

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Mathias Brändle set one of the first top times

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Filippo Ganna – Puncture! No problem

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Points leader/winner Peter Sagan

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Affini was close… well fairly close

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KOM – Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën)

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The time trial didn’t go well for Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) with a crash near the finish

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Affini was expecting a better race

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A strong ride from Almeida moved him to 6th place

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Simon Yates had no pressure to finish in third place overall

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With a fast time trial Caruso put time in to Bernal and Yates, but no change from second spot

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No panic for Egan Bernal

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Job well done for Egan Bernal

Stage winner, Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers): “To win my fifth ITT in the Giro is fantastic. Today I also beat bad luck, I had a puncture but I managed to change the bike really fast, like an F1 pit stop. As a team, we brought home a beautiful result. 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: this Maglia Rosa is a success for the whole team and thanks to Egan for having finished it all off in the best possible way.”

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A happy Colombian

The final overall winner, Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers): “I can’t believe what’s happening, I have just won the Giro d’Italia, I really have no words. I have had two difficult years with some problems that I hope to have put behind me with this success. The Maglia Rosa is special and the Giro is the most beautiful race in the world. I have no words to describe everything I feel. In this race I found the freedom to ride as I like, I will never forget these three weeks.”

# Arrivederci a tutti e grazie. #

Giro d’Italia Stage 21 Result:
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers in 33:49
2. Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:12
3. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma at 0:13
4. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech at 0:14
5. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:27
6. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka Assos at 0:33
7. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo at 0:34
8. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 0:42
9. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:44
10. Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:47
11. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:54
12. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 0:58
13. Nikias Arndt (Ger) DSM at 1:02
14. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:21
15. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:22
16. Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-up Nation at 1:23
17. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:23
18. Felix Grossschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:23
19. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:26
20. Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo at 1:38
21. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:45
22. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:50
23. Michael Hepburn (Aus) BikeExchange at 1:52
24. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:53
25. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers.

Giro d’Italia Final Overall Result:
1. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers in 86:17:28
2. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:29
3. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange at 4:15
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech at 6:40
5. Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:24
6. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 8:05
8. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo at 8:56
9. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma at 11:44
10. Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation at 18:35
11. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 25:35
12. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 30:56
13. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 37:58
14. Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ at 45:30
15. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 47:21
16. Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) eolo-Kometa at 47:31
17. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 56:32
18. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:03:59
19. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:04:12
20. Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 1:05:19
21. Tanel Kangert (Est) BikeExchange at 1:07:25
22. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar at 1:07:50
23. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:18:16
24. Gianni Moscon (Ita) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:18:17
25. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) BikeExchange at 1:20:58.

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