Caruso wins the penultimate stage and Bernal concludes Giro’s title

Madesimo, Italy — Italy’s Damiano Caruso will make its first grand tour at a distance of 163 km (101 miles) from Valles Praga, the penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia, to the Alpemotta when the Egan Bernal closes on Saturday. I won the championship. For the overall title.

On the final climb to Alpemotta, French Romain Bardet and Caruso lost their assist riders and cleared with 5 km remaining, allowing Home’s favorite Caruso to comfortably win the stage.

The pink jersey holder Bernal, along with his determined INEOS Grenadiers teammates, stayed at the forefront of Proton for most of the race, making the gap between him and the race leader easier to manage and the final stage. I entered.

British rider Simon Yates, who started in 3rd place overall, 2 minutes and 49 seconds behind Bernal after winning Stage 19 on Friday, kept pace with the Colombians as other riders dropped out on the final mountain stage. It was.

Daniel Martinez maintained the pace of his teammate Bernal before the Colombians returned in second place. That is, he leads the final time trial stage in Milan on Sunday by 1 minute 59 seconds.

“I knew how to manage the race today,” Vernal said. “My teammates did a great job and managed things perfectly. I have to thank them.

“I was afraid to lose. I’m full of emotions. I placed my legs and team, but the GC, Caruso, was in front of me. [general classification] rival.

“When he came out 30 or 40 seconds ago, I was worried that even if I felt good, I would suffer. It’s easy to lose 1:30 and on the last time trail. I had to fight. “

Caruso’s victory put him on the podium for the first time on the Grand Tour, and all of Team BikeExchange’s Yates came in third in the general category due to his overwhelming advantage over Aleksandr Vlasov in fourth place. ..

Peter Hall

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