Colombian Egan Bernal wins his first Giro d’Italia | Sports | D.W.

Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal (24) conquered this Sunday (30.05.2021) the Giro d’Italia, in his first participation in the pink race, two years after making history by being the first cyclist in his country to win the Tour de France. Bernal confirmed his dominance at the end of the last time trial in Milan, in which he fulfilled the record, defended himself perfectly and celebrated with his arms raised.

His teammate at Ineos, the Italian Filippo Ganna, despite a puncture halfway through, won the individual time trial, which ended in the Duomo square, where the curtain fell on the Giro 2021. It was another happy day for the Briton. team, which won the Giro a year after the surprising victory of Tao Geoghegan Hart, winner in 2020 and absent from this edition.

In the general classification, Bernal beat the Italian Damiano Caruso (1:29), for the first time in his career (33 years old) on a Grand Tour podium, and the Briton Simon Yates (4:15), second and third respectively. . The Colombian was also the best youngster in the race, winning the team title and claiming two stage victories.

explode with happiness

Bernal was intractable the first two weeks of racing, with victories on stages 9 (Campo Felice) and 16 (Cortina d’Ampezzo), but his performances were less in the last week. However, there he had the help of his teammates, in particular his compatriot Daniel Martínez, to overcome the final stages and arrive in Milan dressed in pink.

Bernal acknowledged enjoying a time trial like never before. “I was focused on my effort and I knew I couldn’t make a mistake. I didn’t want to lose the race in a corner, so I wasn’t risking too much. I think it’s the first against the -shows that I appreciated”, he summed up. He also said he felt inspired by the support of his compatriots on the streets of Milan.

“I saw a lot of Colombian flags. I saw them everywhere. It was also special with my coach in the car. I think it was very nice, an incredible feeling. I’m overflowing with happiness,” he said. -he declares. farm.

DZC (EFE, AFP)

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