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Gallery: Bernal puts stamp on Giro d'Italia with summit finish win

Joe Robinson
17 May 2021

The Ineos Grenadier proves strongest on gravel summit finish to Campo Felice

'It never gets easier, you just go faster' – so the Greg LeMond quote goes. And it serves as a perfect summary of yesterday's Giro d'Italia Stage 9.

A gravel mountain-top finish to Campo Felice, it seemed to be hell for all those involved. From Egan Bernal, who powered away from his General Classification rivals in the big ring and into the maglia rosa, to young Atilla Valter, who ceded that jersey after a valiant battle, the pain was etched onto each and every face that did battle with the mountain yesterday.

With just one day until the first rest day, it is advantage Bernal and the Ineos Grenadiers. Campo Felice was the first proper test of this year's Giro and the team passed with flying colours. The likes of Giulio Ciccone, Aleksandr Vlasov and, most importantly, Remco Evenepoel managed to weather their loses to 10 seconds or less, but it was clear Bernal was head and shoulders above the rest. 

After Tuesday's rest day the race really begins to ramp up. A visit to the Tuscan Strade Bianche, a new ascent of Monte Zoncolan, a Passo Fedaia/Passo Pordoi/Passo Giau triple header and then that final week in the Italian Alps lies in wait. It's still all to play for.

For now, Chris Auld's best images from Stage 9: