Egan Bernal shows first sign of weakness at Giro d'Italia 2021 as Dan Martin solos to stage 17 win

Simon Yates exploded the race on the steepest gradient but lost time to João Almeida

Dan Martin completes the set after winning a stage at every Grand Tour
(Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Egan Bernal showed the first signs of cracking on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia 2021 as he lost around a minute to Simon Yates and João Almeida, with Dan Martin taking the stage win from the breakway.

Yates (BikeExchange) went on the attack on the steepest gradient of the summit finish to Sega di Ala, following a move by Almeida (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) with Bernal and Dani Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) able to follow to begin with before the pink jersey lost touch.

Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) held off the chasing peloton on the final climb after going on the attack from the day's main break right at the base to ride to victory. 
Bernal retains the overall lead but has shown that this race is by no means done with four stages remaining.

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Tim Bonville-Ginn

Hi, I'm one of Cycling Weekly's content writers for the web team responsible for writing stories on racing, tech, updating evergreen pages as well as the weekly email newsletter. Proud Yorkshireman from the UK's answer to Flanders, Calderdale, go check out the cobbled climbs!

I started watching cycling back in 2010, before all the hype around London 2012 and Bradley Wiggins at the Tour de France. In fact, it was Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck's battle in the fog up the Tourmalet on stage 17 of the Tour de France.

It took me a few more years to get into the journalism side of things, but I had a good idea I wanted to get into cycling journalism by the end of year nine at school and started doing voluntary work soon after. This got me a chance to go to the London Six Days, Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour of Britain to name a few before eventually joining Eurosport's online team while I was at uni, where I studied journalism. Eurosport gave me the opportunity to work at the world championships in Harrogate back in the awful weather.

After various bar jobs, I managed to get my way into Cycling Weekly in late February of 2020 where I mostly write about racing and everything around that as it's what I specialise in but don't be surprised to see my name on other news stories.

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