The Ineos Grenadiers team have unveiled the list of eight riders who will compete in the Giro, and Egan Bernal will be the leader, as expected.
This time for sure, Egan Bernal will discover the Giro this year! Forced to forfeit in 2019 due to a broken collarbone (which allowed him to compete in the Tour de France two months later, and win it) and absent in 2020 following his back injury which left him had forced to give up on the Tour de France, the 24-year-old Colombian will indeed be at the start in Turin this Saturday. Bernal is of course among the favorites of this Tour of Italy, even if it is his first participation. At his side, in a role of co-leader, we find the Russian Pavel Sivakov, who finished ninth in 2019 for his first Giro. The 23-year-old Francophone will have a good card to play, especially if the 2021 scenario looks like that of 2020. Geraint Thomas, the leader of Ineos, had indeed fallen at the start of the Tour of Italy, and the hopes of the British formation had relied on Tao Geoghegan Hart, who had won to everyone’s surprise! The 26-year-old Briton, who has only 15 days of racing this year, including a retirement from Paris-Nice and the Tour du Pays Basque, will not defend his title.
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Introducing your Grenadiers for the #Giro
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– INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) May 4, 2021
Ganna for the clock
Two time trials are on the program for this Giro 2021, during the first and the last stage (8.6km and 30.3km) and Filippo Ganna, world champion in the discipline and winner of the three lap times of the Tour d Italy last year will also try to shine the colors of Ineos Grenadiers. Jonathan Castroviejo (34 years old, 3rd Giro), Jonathan Castroviejo (25 years old, 3rd Giro), Gianni Moscon (27 years old, 1st Giro), Gianni Moscon (24 years old, 3rd Giro) and Salvatore Puccio (31 years old, 8th Giro) will be the five other riders of the formidable British team.
The Ineos Grenadiers team for the Giro: Egan Bernal (COL), Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP), Filippo Ganna (ITA), Daniel Martínez (COL), Gianni Moscon (ITA), Jhonatan Narváez (EQU), Salvatore Puccio (ITA), Pavel Sivakov (RUS)