Bernal shows his first signs of weaknessDani Martínez tries to motivate Egan Bernal on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia 2021(Image credit: Luca Bettini/Getty Images)
As racing returned after the final rest day of the Giro d’Italia 2021, Egan Bernal looked to be a king in waiting.
The Colombian star has dominated throughout the race so far, winning two stages and continually gaining time to build his advantage to almost 2-30 with just five stages remaining.
His Ineos Grenadiers team continued to control the pace and onto the foot of the savage final climb to Sega di Ala, and it looked like we might see Bernal put in a characteristic attack in the last few kilometres to extend further, but that’s not how it played out.
Around 3km from the summit Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) finally put in the attack we had been expecting all day, forcing Bernal to try to follow the British Grand Tour winner.
After initially matching Yates, Bernal suddenly hit the wall on the double digit gradients and the clock began to tick.
Bernal looked to have almost come to a complete halt at points, with his team-mate Dani Martinez dropping back to assist his team leader.
After rallying in the final few kilometres, Bernal was able to stick with his nearest rival Damiano Caruso to minimise any losses, while Yates closed gain a chunk of time.
While it may seem like a disaster to crack in dramatic fashion so close to Milan, the blow is not as bad as it initially seems.
Bernal lost just three seconds to Caruso, and just 53 to Yates, which means he still leads the 2-21 to his nearest rival, whilst further distancing others like Hugh Carthy and Aleksandr Vlasov.
The real question is not the time lost on stage 17, but instead what caused Bernal’s slip.
Was it the back problems that have hindered him since last season? Has he overexerted himself in the first two weeks of racing? Or was this just a momentary blip that won’t extend beyond the finish? The remaining four stages will tell.
Simon Yates flies to the summit to take back podium
Britain’s Simon Yates has cast an almost mysterious figure in this year’s Giro.
After a very quiet first week, which many put down to conservative tactics for a final week push, Yates then revealed he’d been suffering from a problem that hindered his performance early in the race.
In the second week he began to climb the leaderboard and jumped into second place after stage 14, only to lose all of his gains on the tough stage 16 to Cortina d’Ampezzo, slipping back to fifth.
Then on stage 17 Yates came back once again, enjoying the better weather to attack Bernal and power clear.
After the stage, Yates revealed the GC had not been on his mind when he attacked 3km from the finish, saying he was in pursuit of a stage win after his team missed the day’s breakaway, not realising Bernal had been dropped until some time after his move.
Yates was able to jump back onto the podium as he gained around 50 seconds on Bernal and Caruso, but he may lose sleep over the time he lost on stage 16.
If Yates had not lost 2-37 to Bernal on Monday, he would now be just 40 seconds behind Bernal, rather than the 3-23 deficit he currently faces.
But with plenty more climbing to come, Yates may be able to take advantage of the cracks Bernal showed on stage 17.
Dan Martin completes the set
The 2021 Giro has been a bittersweet race for Israel Start-Up Nation, with alternating successes and disappointments for the team throughout the race.
After losing Krists Neilands to a crash after the finish of the first stage, the team then took the maglia rosa with Alessandro De Marchi in the first week, before the Italian suffered serious injuries in a crash and was forced to abandon.
Alex Dowsett, the winner of ISN’s first ever Grand Tour stage in the Giro last year, was then forced to pull out due to illness, while their GC leader Dan Martin had steadily lost time over the course of the race.
But an ever-determined Martin made persistent efforts to make it into the breakaway in pursuit of stage victory, and on stage 17 the winds turned in his favour.
After struggling to make it into the day’s break, Martin emerged as the strongest rider on the final climb, dangling out front with just 90 seconds over the rapid group of GC favourites.
But knowing the climb, Martin dug in until the final 2km where he finally decided to empty the tank to break the hearts of any stage hopefuls behind (including Simon Yates).
Ciccone’s admirable pursuit ends in disappointment
There was plenty of disappointment to be shared around after stage 17, but potentially none so justified as Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo).
Ciccone started the day in sixth place, having been a consistent performer, but day 17 proved to be testing in more ways than one.
After suffering a mechanical mid-way through the stage, Ciccone was caught up in a crash on a descent in the final 30km of the stage - an inopportune moment as the peloton powered towards the final climb of the day.
Despite being able to hop back on his bike, Ciccone still found himself 30 seconds behind the bunch, with the pace high in anticipation of Sega di Ala.
Finally Ciccone was able to re-join the bunch, after another bike change at the tail end of the team car convoy, but the effort had taken its toll.
He was then dropped early on the climb and looked to be in no shape to keep up with the GC favourites.
By the finish, Ciccone had lost around seven minutes to the top favourites, as he now sits in 10th place overall, 11 minutes off the race lead
But he wasn’t the only loser on another brutal day of climbing in Italy.
Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) struggled in the heat and lost contact with the Bernal and Yates group in the final few kilometres, battling to finish three minutes down on his rivals, slipping back to fifth place overall, 6-09 away from the maglia rosa.
Swap in fortunes for Deceuninck - Quick-Step
Belgian squad Deceuninck - Quick-Step have had a rollercoaster Giro so far, as they have fully turned their focus to general classification hopes.
Remco Evenepoel entered their race as one of the clear favourites, despite his nine-month absence from racing due to injury, while Joao Almeida returned having led the race for two weeks last year.
While Evenepoel glowed in the first week of the race, he suddenly began to lose huge chunks of time in the second week and eventually fell out of the GC race completely on stage 16 on Monday.
Meanwhile Almeida, who lost time in the opening stages, has been resurgent in the final week of the Giro after he pulled himself back into the top-10 from the breakaway in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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The riders’ fortunes have fully reversed now with four days left, as Evenepoel was caught in the same crash as Ciccone in the final 30km, being sent over the roadside barrier. After he was attended by medical staff, Evenepoel got back on the bike and rode in to the finish with the grupetto, as he now sits an hour down on GC.
Almeida however was one of the three strongest riders in the top-10 on stage 17, launching his own successful attack and sticking with Yates and Bernal in the final few kilometres.
The Portuguese rider then left Yates behind to gain further time, finishing second on the stage just 13 seconds behind the winner Martin.
Almeida now sits eighth overall, 8-45 off the race lead, but is within two minutes of Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) in fourth, which means matching his fourth-place finish from last season is still a realistic dream.
Tadej Pogacar surges to win stage 17 at 2022 Tour de France as Jonas Vingegaard retains overall lead. The Slovenian edged the race leader at the summit finish on the Peyragudes but could only take four seconds back in the general classification.
Cavendish survives another time cut
Mark Cavendish made it comfortably inside the time cut for stage 17 on the top of the Col du Portet, as he stays in the race and continues to look good at having a shot at breaking the stage winners record when the roads flatten again.
Santiago Buitrago won stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia from a breakaway as Richard Carapaz clung on to the pink jersey.
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On Thursday, Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech) was forced to abandon due to a positive test for Covid. Elsewhere Marc Soler and Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) were forced to abandon this week due to illness and injury leaving just three team mates for Tadej Pogacar.
Green jersey holder Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was among the last men to make the time cut on a brutally hard stage 9 of the Tour de France in the Alps on Sunday, finishing with three teammates just 1:32 ahead of the 37:20 cut-off point.
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Dries De Bondt secured a surprise win on stage 18 of road cycling's 2022 Giro d'Italia on Thursday (26 May) as Olympic champion Richard Carapaz retained the leader's pink jersey.
Jan Hirt won stage 16 at road cycling's Giro d'Italia on Tuesday (24 May). The Czech cyclist, riding for Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux, crossed the finish line alone after pulling clear of a breakaway near the end of the 202 km ride from Salo to Aprica.
Breakaway rider Jan Hirt wins the 16th stage ahead of Thymen Arensman.
Jai Hindley conceded just seven seconds to Richard Carapaz on the final individual time trial. Hindley finished second at the 2020 Giro d'Italia. Hindley is the first rider from Australia to win the Giro d'Italia.
Maglia Rosa (Overall jersey)
The Maglia Rosa - or the pink jersey - is the most sought after jersey in the Giro d'Italia. Signifying the leader in the general classification, the jersey colour is the signature shade of the sponsoring newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, whose pages are printed on pink paper.
Marc Soler is the third UAE Team Emirates rider to leave the Tour de France after suffering with a stomach bug throughout stage 16 and finishing outside the time cut. A key climbing domestique for Tadej Pogačar, Soler was out the back early in stage 16 as the peloton headed for the first of two Cat.
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Last year, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) completed the Tour de France at the age of 41. He very nearly became the race's oldest winner too, finishing second to Sepp Kuss on the mountain stage to Andorra.
On paper, Pogačar is a slightly better time trialist than Vingegaard – he's finished ahead of Vingegaard in six of the eight time trials the pair have contested. So if Pogačar can make up some time in the Pyrenees, it's not out of the question for him to ride back into yellow in the time trial.
In the Tour's other time trial, on the opening day, Pogacar beat VIngegaard by eight seconds on an 8.2-mile course.
Pogačar tried to attack Vingegaard several times on the climb of the Col de Spandelles but simply couldn't get rid of him. He then went off the road on a curve on the descent and lost control of his bike in the deep gravel. He was left with road rash and a hole in his shorts but refused to give up.
Florian Senechal will be his replacement, meaning that Mark Cavandish remains sidelined reserve ahead of the race. Available on Eurosport app. Subscription and Internet connection required. Age 18+.
Alaphilippe suffered two broken ribs, a fractured scapula and a punctured lung in the Liège crash, putting him in a hospital bed for days, and only returned to racing shortly before the Tour kicked off in Copenhagen.
'Mother-of-three becomes fastest human being on a bike at 183.9mph'. That's how The Daily Telegraph announced the news that Denise Mueller-Korenek from San Diego had just smashed the world land speed record for riding a bicycle in September 2018.
We spoke to him at the reopening of London's Nike Town last week and being the speed king of the Tour de France we were desperate to know the top speeds Cavendish has reached. "The top speed I've ever done in a sprint has been clocked at 78kph and I think that's the fastest ever in a sprint," he revealed.
In a dramatic late switch Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Tour of Poland and moved to represent the Isle of Man in the Commonwealth Games. Cavendish, who still doesn't have a new team for the 2023 season, will race in the road race on Sunday in Warwick.
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Cavendish, who was a flag-bearer for the Isle of Man at the opening ceremony, won the island's last Commonwealth gold medal in the scratch race on the track at Melbourne in 2006. However, he has not competed at the Commonwealth Games since 2010 where he finished seventh in the road race.
Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 18 to move closer to 2022 Tour de France title - Results.
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) rode into the first pink jersey of the 2022 Giro d'Italia with a win in the opening stage of the race, crossing the line first at an uphill finish in Visegrad, Hungary.
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General classification in the Giro d'Italia.
|Awarded for||Winner overall classification|
|Local name||Maglia Rosa (in Italian)|
|First award||1909 (first pink jersey in 1931)|
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The Giro's prize money purse isn't quite as big as that of the Tour de France, but at €1.5 million, it's still not a bad pay day for three weeks of work. Race-winner Jai Hindley came away with the biggest paycheck at €265,000.
|Editions||119 (as of 2022)|
|First winner||Josef Fischer ( GER )|
|Most wins||Roger De Vlaeminck ( BEL ) Tom Boonen ( BEL ) (4 wins)|
|Most recent||Dylan van Baarle ( NED )|
|Cyclist||Year||Grand Tours won|
|Bernard Hinault ( FRA )||1978||Tour + Vuelta|
|Giovanni Battaglin ( ITA )||1981||Giro + Vuelta|
|Bernard Hinault ( FRA )||1982||Tour + Giro|
|Bernard Hinault ( FRA )||1985||Tour + Giro|
Also called the maillot jaune, the Tour de France yellow jersey is the most coveted item of clothing in professional cycling. The wearer is the rider who has completed the race in the least amount of time, and as such tops the overall or general classification (GC) of the race.
The first year the points classification was used, it had no jersey that was given to the leader of the classification. In the 1967 Giro d'Italia, the red jersey was added for the leader of the classification. However, in 1969 the red jersey was changed to a cyclamen (purple) colored jersey.
The green jersey, maillot vert, is designated to the leader of the Points Classification. It is also know as the “sprinter's jersey." Points, determined by the the course's terrain and the placement of the cyclist, are awarded to the first 10-25 riders.
Jonas Vingegaard wins stage 18 to move closer to 2022 Tour de France title - Results.
Wednesday 20 July - At 129.7 kilometres, the 17th stage takes in three intermediate climbs before a summit finish at the Altiport 007 in Peyragudes.
Belgium's Wout van Aert swaps out the yellow jersey for the green jersey after Stage 6 of the 2022 Tour de France.
Each stage winner will take home £9,500 ($11,600) per victory - Jumbo-Visma had six winners overall on the way to Paris - with second and third on each day earning £4,700 ($5,800) and £2,400 ($2,950).
Christophe Laporte wins stage 19 at 2022 Tour de France - Results.
Stage 18. Overall leader Jonas Vingegaard tightened his grip on the Tour de France by winning Stage 18 on the Hautacam mountain on Thursday after dropping defending champion Tadej Pogacar 4km from the finish.
Slovenia's Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage, outsprinting Vingegaard to win his third stage of this year's Tour. Pogačar's teammate, the United States' Brendan McNulty, finished third after doing much of the work in the latter parts of the stage.
The Tour de France stage 17 will be 129.7 km long.
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|Stage 17 Climbs||Col de Val Louron-Azet|
Stage 17 - Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes - 129.7km - Wednesday, July 20. The second of this year's three Pyrenean stages, Stage 17 crams four categorized climbs (including a summit finish in Peyragudes) into only 129.7km, making it maybe the toughest–and certainly the most intense–of the three.
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Vingegaard's victory ensures he earned €500,000 (£427,000) for winning the Tour, out of a €2,288,450 (£1.9 million) prize purse. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the same amount in the previous two years.
Peter Sagan holds the record for green jersey wins with seven. Richard Virenque is the King of the Mountains in the Tour de France. He won the polka dot jersey 4 times in a row from 1994-1997, and added a further three jerseys in 1999, 2003 and 2004.
With an unequalled 11 Grand Tour wins, conquering all five Monuments, and three World Championships (plus a whole lot of other victories and feats to his name), Eddy is the most respected and probably most frequently quoted cyclist of all time.
The current world champion is French, his name is Julian Alaphilippe and he has been part of the structure of the current Deceuninck-QuickStep since 2013. His salary in 2021 is 2.3 million euros, but after winning the 2020 and 2021 World Cups, he would not be surprised if it increased in the coming months.
Most pro cyclists earn anywhere from $15,000 per year to $100,000 per year. That said, domestiques, or cyclist team leaders, can earn even more, their wages ranging from $100,000 to $400,000 per year. The biggest names in cycling, Peter Sagan and Chris Froome, currently make over $6 million a year.