Bernal is the rival to beat

Davide Cassani, Italian coach, considers the Colombian a great favorite if he regains his 2019 level. Nibali, candidate to fight.

If the back pain that hampered his performance in the 2020 season subside, no one doubts that Egan Bernal is the big favorite for the title at the next Giro d'Italia (May 8-30). This is corroborated by authorized voices of the Corsa Rosa, such as the Italian cycling coach, Davide Cassani. "It will be a Giro in which Filippo Ganna can win both time trials. The route is beautiful, with eight uphill finishes, a stage in the Dolomites with a downhill finish, dirt roads on the Montalcino stage and many other difficult days. It means that the classification can change in at least 14 stages. About the winner? I think Bernal is the man to beat if it is the one in 2019, Nibali will fight and I wait for other young riders as a new surprise, "said Cassani during the presentation of the tour in Milan to Piazza Duomo.

It will all depend on Bernal's good physical condition, since the mountainous route of this 104th Giro adapts perfectly to his legs. It also benefits him that the total fight against the clock is only 38.4 km. Taking into account all these variables, it does not seem that veterans such as Mikel Landa, Thibaut Pinot, Vincenzo Nibali or Romain Bardet, among others, are in a position to beat the Ineos rider in the Corsa Rosa if he shows that great version that led him to conquer the Tour in 2019. As if that were not enough, Bernal himself acknowledged last Wednesday that he has already recognized decisive sections of some stage: "I had wanted to prepare the Giro for many years. I am delighted to participate. I have already tried the Alpe di Mera stage It will be very difficult. I am looking forward to it because it will be a great Giro, I hope the fans will cheer on me and all the riders ".

However, faced with this theoretical superiority of Bernal, a team like Deceuninck-QuickStep, which last year was a great animator of the race with the fabulous performance of Joao Almeida, will also have something to say. And the Belgian side hope to achieve it with Remco Evenepoel, whose performance in a three-week round is yet to be discovered. His abilities on the bike are beyond any doubt, but he continues in the final phase of his recovery due to a pelvic fracture suffered in the past Giro de Lombaría, the last race in which he competed. If he arrives in time to start in Turin and with the illusion that he wastes over his debut, he cannot be separated from the pools: "I have returned to training with the bicycle. My team and I hope to be ready to take part in the Giro 2021 after not racing last year due to the accident suffered in Lombardy. I find this year's route beautiful and difficult, so it will be an interesting Giro. " The board is ready, it only remains to be seen if its pieces will be ...

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