Egan Bernal takes overall Giro d’Italia lead after winning ninth stage

Egan Bernal stormed to victory on the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia to take the leader’s pink jersey.

The Colombian rider ended the stage, Castel di Sangro to Campo Felice, seven seconds clear of Giulio Ciccone and Aleksandr Vlasov following a fine finish to the 158km route.

Bernal, who races for Ineos Grenadiers, assumed the lead of the event, with his first victory of the season after Attila Valter lost pace during the final ascent.

Bernal is 15 seconds clear of Remco Evenepoel in second, with the British pair of Hugh Carthy and Simon Yates sixth and ninth respectively. Ireland’s Dan Martin is eighth.

Following his success, Bernal, who is returning to his best form following a string of back problems, told “I cannot believe what just happened, I just won my first stage in a Grand Tour.

“I made a lot of sacrifices to get where I am now. I was thinking I would do well today but I was not sure whether I could have won the stage. My teammates had a lot of confidence in me, they told me I could do it. This victory is for them, they really believe in me.”

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