Toer deur Italië: Simon Yates wen die verhoog 19 maar Egan Bernal bestuur verliese

Simon Yates van Team BikeExchange het die verhoog gewen 19 van die Giro d'Italia op Vrydag, die leemte in die algemene klassifikasie tot leier Egan Bernal te verminder, who finished third on the penultimate mountain stage to protect his overall advantage.

Yates finished 11 seconds ahead of João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on the 176-kilometre ride from Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera while Ineos Grenadiers’ Bernal was 28 seconds behind to retain the maglia rosa.

Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) finished four seconds behind Bernal, but retains second place on the general classification ahead of Yates in third.

Yates attacked with about 6.5km to go and left Almeida and Bernal behind to take victory on the climb, giving him an opportunity to finish second in the general classification over the weekend, unless the Colombian should crack.

Bernal is 2min 29sec ahead of Caruso and 2min 49sec ahead of Yates heading into Saturday’s stage 20, a 163km ride from Valle Spluga to Alpe Motta.

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