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Egan Bernal seals Giro d’Italia after Filippo Ganna wins final day time trial in Milan – GETTY IMAGES

Egan Bernal wins 104th edition of the Giro d’Italia

Caruso is runner-up; Yates finishes third

Ganna wins final-day time trial in Milan

Simon Yates said he had “no regrets” as he finished the Giro d’Italia in third place on Sunday behind Colombian Egan Bernal and Italian Damiano Caruso. Yates’s comeback in the final week, when he took two big bites out of his deficit to Bernal thanks to solid performances on stage 17 last Wednesday and stage 19 on Friday, which the Bury rider won solo, had set up an intriguing final weekend.

But Yates ran out of steam on Saturday, failing to claw back any more time on the final mountain stage of the race. And the 28-year-old had no chance of overcoming his 3-23 deficit in yesterday’s last day 30km individual time trial in Milan.

Bernal’s final winning margin was 1-29 over Caruso [Bahrain-Victorious], with Yates 4-15 back. Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) won the final stage – the world champion’s fifth successive ITT victory at the Giro.

“I am proud of what I accomplished here,” Yates said afterward. “I have no regrets. Those guys showed day in, day out that they were better, so I can only be proud of what I did. “I had some minor problems at the start [of the race], but then I could really show myself in the third week. But I also paid for my efforts yesterday.

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“I did my best every day, the days in the cold, the body didn’t respond as well as I wanted it to, but that is one of those things, you have to deal with bad days and bad moments, and that is how you go on to win the race. Egan did that successfully on numerous days.”

Bernal’s victory was indeed deserved. The 24-year-old proved himself the best rider over the three weeks, remaining in the maglia rosa from stage nine until the end and winning two steps in the process.

The Colombian’s second grand tour win, and Ineos’s 12th since their inaugural season as Sky Procycling in 2010, was not entirely without stress, however. There were concerns over a potential recurrence of the back issue that paid to his Tour de France defense last year in the final week.

“I can’t believe what’s happening,” Bernal said. “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.”

03:13 pm

Ganna wins stage 21 at the Giro; Bernal seals pink

Filippo Ganna bookends the near-perfect race for Ineos Grenadiers with his second stage win of the Giro. At the same time, the Italian team-mate Egan Bernal secures the maglia rosa and Trofeo Senza Fine.

Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step) finishes the 30.3km time trial in the second spot, 12.12 seconds slower than Ganna, who completed the race in 33min 48.60sec – at an average speed of 53.787km/h – while Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) is third at 12.61sec.

Egan Bernal – Egan Bernal seals Giro d’Italia after Filippo Ganna wins final day time trial in Milan – GETTY IMAGES

Bernal, though, will be celebrating longest and loudest after he becomes only the second Colombian to win the Giro, beating Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) by 1min 29sec. In comparison, Simon Yates (BikeExchange) secures third at 4min 15sec.

Speaking moments after sealing pink, Bernal said: “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.”

Egan Bernal – GETTY IMAGES

An excellent performance from Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step) today when he finished fifth, 27sec down on Ganna, propels the Portuguese up to sixth on the standings. Dani Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) climbed to fifth ahead of Romain Bardet (DSM), who dropped two places to seventh. At the same time, Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) slips a single spot to eighth on genthe eral classification.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) secures the points classification. And Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r-Citroën) confirms the maglia Azzurra, the second mountains classification jersey of his career after also topping the standings at 2019 Vuelta an España. In addition to taking home the pink jersey, Bernal also brings the maglia Bianca, or the white jersey, as the best young rider.

03:10 pm

Caruso secures runners-up spot . . .

. . . and don’t the Italians love it! Amazing story.

03:09 pm

Yates secures third at the Giro

Bravo. An excellent result from Simon Yates, who won a memorable stage on Friday but could not match Damiano Caruso or Egan Bernal, who is just minutes away from winning the pink jersey.

03:08 pm

Yates closing in on the podium

Simon Yates will finish third at the Giro d’Italia, a good result for Bury’s BikeExchange rider.

03:03 pm

Bernal closing in on the Giro

Egan Bernal trails Damiano Caruso – who is gaining time on Simon Yates – but there will be no changes in the top three after a disaster. Around 10 minutes until Colombia can make the news for all the right reasons. I’m sure this win will give his countrymen back home hope in these difficult times.

Egan Bernal closes in on the Giro d’Italia – GETTY IMAGES

03:00 pm

Martínez seals the fifth spot

Dani Martínez completes his Giro with an impressive time trial, finishing 14th fastest of the current finishers, which sees him climb above Romain Bardet to fifth on general classification. Not bad when you consider he has been riding in support of Egan Bernal.

02:53 pm

Almeida’s stock rising high.

Wow. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step) sets the fifth-fastest time on the day (+26.91sec). The Portuguese really is the real deal, and I think that will see him leapfrog Hugh Carthy on general classification.

02:50 pm

Bernal losing time to Caruso . . .

. . . but there’s no need to panic. The Colombian was 9sec slower than the Italian at the first time split, but he carried a 1min 59sec lead into this trial.

02:48 pm

Caruso flying

Damiano Caruso is flying here and has put over 20 seconds into Simon Yates but can’t really see any changes in the top three on general classification today. There is no time splits between Bernal just yet.

02:39 pm

Martínez marching towards the top five

Dani Martínez has leapfrogged Romain Bardet in the virtual standings; the Colombian is up to fifth as it stands. But all eyes are now on Martínez’s team-mate and fellow countryman as he gets his time trial underway, resplendent in his pink skinsuit – thankfully with black shorts – pink socks and a pink Kask helmet.

02:36 pm

The final countdown

Simon Yates is out on the road, Damiano Carsuo rolls down the ramp, and Egan Bernal whacks an energy gel down his neck in preparation for one last, brief effort before he becomes the only second Colombian to take home the maglia rosa.

02:32 pm

Yates is out on the road . . .

. . . and is now around half-an-hour away from sealing third place.

02:31 pm

Yates looks relaxed

Simon Yates all smiles in the starting house as the Briton prepares for his final day of racing at the Giro d’Italia, where he is poised to take the third spot on general classification.

02:27 pm

Martinez’s eyes top-five finish.

Dani Martinez rolls down the ramp. The Colombian national time trial champion starts the day just 8sec shy of Romain Bardet in the fifth spot on the general classification. You really must back the Ineos Grenadiers rider to overhaul the Frenchman.

02:20 pm

Eighth wonder

He’s ridden a brilliant Giro d’Italia in support of Egan Bernal, and Gianni Moscon has just set to the eighth fastest time in this time trial, 44.36sec slower than team-mate Filippo Ganna who is on the verge of winning his second stage at this year’s race – and fifth of his career.

Filippo Ganna set the fastest time in Sunday’s time trial despite having to take a bike change – GETTY IMAGES

02:15 pm

Bettiol bows out

Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-Nippo), a stage winner earlier this week, completes his Giro in impressive style – and I’m not talking about his black shoes-white socks combination – with the sixth-fastest time of the day (+34.04sec).

02:13 pm

Hitters coming home

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious), Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma), George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), and Dan Martin (ISN) are all out on the course, with Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma), Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) and Dani Martinez (Ineos Grenadiers) due to following. The top five riders on general classification will set off at 3.25 pm with Romain Bardet (DSM), then at three-minute intervals Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech), Simon Yates (BikeExchange), Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious), and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers).02:08 pm

Up for grabs

Other than the maglia rosa, Egan Bernal will be taking home the Trofeo Senza Fine – the perpetual trophy – should he complete today’s time trial at least 1min 59sec faster than Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious). Caruso was faster than Bernal in the one-time stage trial three weeks ago yesterday, but I don’t think he can hope to be much more than 30sec quicker over this course in Milan.

Trofeo Senza Fine – GETTY IMAGES02:02 pm

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Counting down to the pink

Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo-Kometa), the rider that won the Monte Zoncolan stage, has his final race underway, and we are getting towards the big general classification names now. I don’t think anybody seriously thinks there will be any significant changes today. Still, we have already seen a few spills and thrills, so nobody will want to take any unnecessary risks.01:49 pm

Bouchard is the king of the hill.

Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r-Citroën) completes his race to secure the maglia Azzurra, the second mountains classification jersey of his career, after also topping the standings at 2019 Vuelta an España.01:47 pm

Heavy traffic

Matteo Sobrero (Astana-Premier Tech) sets the fourth-fastest time of the day (+13.86sec), but the Italian neo-pro was delayed by a Groupama-FDJ team car. Bizarrely, the vehicle did not pull aside to allow the rider to pull through, resulting in Sobrero losing his temper and giving the vehicle a bang. That may have cost him a third spot, currently held by Edoardo Affini, who he trails by just 1.7sec.01:40 pm

Cavagna clocks off

Poor old Rémi Cavagna. Not too sure if he sustained any severe injuries in that crash, but the Frenchman is stretching out his back at the finishing line. Hopefully, it is a case of damaged pride rather than broken bones. Either way, the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider limps out of his second Giro d’Italia, a little battered and bruised.01:34 pm

Cavagna is derailed

Rémi Cavagna catches Briton Mark Christian (Eolo-Kometa), his five-minute man, before disaster strikes. The Frenchman appears to lock up his rear wheel on a slight chicane, and without changing direction, flies into the barriers. That’s his time trial done. Absolutely heartbreaking stuff. In the end, he sets the second-fastest time of the day.01:29 pm

Mind the gap

Rémi Cavagna close in on the rider ahead of him – Filippo Zana (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) – as he powers towards the finishing line, but can the Frenchman rein in Filippo Ganna? It could be a close cut.01:24 pm

Cavagna is second best… as it stands.

Rémi Cavagna loses a further five seconds to stage leader Filippo Ganna, arriving at the second time split 18.35sec slower than the world time trial champion. However, the Frenchman is going slightly faster than Edoardo Affini at the same point and so is second overall as it stands.01:12 pmm

Delayed service from the TGV

Rémi Cavagna has given himself an awful lot of work to do if he is to win the first stage for Deceuninck-Quick Step at this year’s Giro d’Italia. The Frenchman trails Filippo Ganna by 13.29sec at the first time split.

Rémi Cavagna – GETTY IMAGES01:05 pm
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Full steam ahead for Cavagna

Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), the French time trial champion, is out on the course for his final day of racing at the Giro. The rider nicknamed the ‘TGV’ will be hoping to set a decent time and may have been buoyed by the fact that Filippo Ganna will have lost a few, potentially crucial, seconds due to that bike change.12:52 pmm

Sagan completes his Giro

Peter Sagan gives the fans and cameras a wave as he completes his second successive Giro d’Italia to secure the maglia ciclamino, cyclamen jersey, winner of the points classification.

Peter Sagan – AP12:47 pmm

Affini is second best

Edoardo Affini completes his Giro d’Italia, finishing the final stage 12.61sec slower than Filippo Ganna in second place.12:43 pmm

Ganna in pole position

The world time trial champion was forced into taking a bike change during his time trial but still set the fastest time of the day – 33min 48.60sec (53.787kh/h). Max Walscheid, who had barely had time to take his place in the hot seat, gives the cameras a smile and applauds the beast that is Filippo Ganna.

Filippo Ganna – GETTY IMAGES12:41 pm
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Bike change for Ganna!

The worrying moment for Filippo Ganna, who is forced into taking a quick bike change. It looks as if he had a puncture in his rear wheel.

Filippo Ganna

12:40 PM

Ganna is motoring

Max Walscheid sets the new fastest time of 34min 21.78sec, but Filippo Ganna is motoring towards the finishing line. The Italian has already caught four riders that started ahead of him and, as I type, is flying along at 58km/h.12:33 pmm

Ganna riding aggressively

Filippo Ganna leads by over 30 seconds at the second time check. He’s taking plenty of risks too, throwing himself into the corners with gusto, swinging to avoid a drain cover, but somehow sustaining a fierce tempo – 53.932km/h.12:26 pmm

Ganna in the box seat

Filippo Ganna is fastest at the first intermediate split – 10min 18.64sec – and he’s motoring along, sweeping past those who set off before him. Max Walscheid was the second fastest (+11.94sec) while Edoardo Affini was the third-fastest 15.72sec down on Ganna.12:21 pmm

Smooth operator

An aerial shot shows Edoardo Affini pushing on, and it must be said he’s looking pretty smooth. There are two-time checks during today’s stage, and so we should soon be able to draw a comparison between Filippo Ganna and Affini.12:18 pmm

A certain ratio

For those interested in these things, Filippo Ganna is pushing absolutely massive gear today. A 58-tooth chainring on the front, and he’s twiddling away on it as if spinning on a compact. Impressive.12:14 pmm

Affini rolls down the ramp

Can Edoardo Affini, another Italian who is strong in this discipline, be out on the road. Filippo Ganna, by the way, has a perfect position and is riding at a high cadence, but his body is barely moving side-to-side. Absolute perfection.12:09 pmm

Ganna sets off!

Here we go. The world-time trial champion and one of the most demanding working riders at this year’s Giro is out on the road. The crowds are out in significant numbers in Milan, and they are, understandably, cheering on the Italian. This course, by the way, is absolutely perfect for Filippo Ganna, who also won the opening stage at this year’s race. The only question mark over Ganna would be that he has worked tirelessly on the front on behalf of team-mate Egan Bernal. In contrast, Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) may have had an easier three weeks enabling him to save a little bit back for today.

12:05 PM

Bodnar catches Richeze

Maciej Bodnar is not hanging around, the Pole catching his minute-man Max Richeze a short while ago. With a back almost as pan-flat as today’s course, the Bora-Hansgrohe rider is looking good.12:00 pmm

As it stands . . .

The first 16 riders have their races under way and so the aforementioned Riccardo Minali, Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo), Attilio Viviani (Cofidis), Alexander Krieger (Alpecin-Fenix), Albert Torres (Movistar), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani CSF Faizane), Maximiliano Richeze (UAE Team Emirates), Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe), Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Koen de Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Lukasz Wisniowski (Qhubeka-Assos), Fabio Sabatini (Cofidis), Nicola Venchiarutti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Matthias Brändle (ISN), Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa) and Max Walscheid (Qhubeka-Assos) are all out on the road.

Of that group, Bodnar is a bit of a dark horse for the stage win. The Pole won the penultimate daytime trial at the 2017 Tour de France and proved he could make it through three weeks working for others and still keep enough in the tank to take a solo win. Another that will be hoping to post a decent time is Brändle, the former world hour record holder. But the big, big favorites today are Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), the world-time trial champion, and Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma), both of whom will roll down the starting ramp within the next 11 minutes.09:00 am

So, what’s on today’s menu then?

Well, as you can see from the below profile, the final stage of the Giro d’Italia could not be more different from the last two days – it is pan-flat with just 100 meters in vertical gain.

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As is traditional, riders will roll down the starting ramp in reverse order of the general classification. So Riccardo Minali (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), who sits five hours 34 minutes and three seconds behind Egan Bernal in 143rd spot, sets off at12.45 pmpm (BST). At the same time, the maglia rosa will be the last rider to start his race at a3.37 pm. Each will set off a minute after the previous, though once we reach the top 15 on general classification, they will begin to be three minutes apart.

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), the world-time trial champion, starts at 1.08 pm8 pm, three minutes ahead of Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma), another Italian who is tipped to win today’s stage.

Here’s what the roadbook says about the course: “The start of the individual time trial is set in the center 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 2km 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 meters, with several consecutive 90-degree turns in the last 100-150 meters, before entering Piazza Duomo. The home straight (250m) is on 6 m wide stone-paved roa08:41 am1 am

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Ciao!

Hello and welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 21 at the Giro d’Italia, the 30.3km individual time trial from Senago to Milan. Before we have a brief look at what lies in store in today’s stage, the final day of the 104th edition of the season’s first grand tour, let’s recap who leads the four main classifications, those that are awarded jerseys.

Having survived his final test in the high mountains, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) will wear the maglia rosa, or leader’s pink jersey – or most likely a pink skinsuit, for a 12th successive day and will, barring disaster, be packing that into his suitcase once racing concludes, later on, this afternoon.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) all but secured the maglia ciclamino, the cyclamen jersey, at the first intermediate sprint in yesterday’s stage and will, barring him failing to finish today’s time trial within the time cut, secure the first Giro d’Italia points jersey of his career.

All Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r-Citroën) needs to do is finish today within the time cut to secure the maglia Azzurra blue jersey, which will be the second mountains classification jersey career after also topping the standings at 2019 Vuelta an España.

Alexandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) will again wear the maglia Bianca, or the white jersey, on behalf of the maglia rosa Bernal, though it will be the new Giro champion will pack that away in his suitcase alongside his maglia rosa and the Trofeo Senza Fine.