That will speed it up! Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal is chased a climb in the Giro d’Italia by two spectators turning CHAINSAWS… and he still wins the stage!
- Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal was chased in Italy by two men with chainsaws
- The 2019 Tour de France champion is on his way to victory in the Giro d’Italia
- But on Monday’s 16th stage, he had to put his foot on the ground to escape fans
- Uphill, two fans appear very close to him and start swinging chainsaws
- Bernal looked completely unfazed and passed them on his way to victory
Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal is racing towards the title of the Giro d’Italia, but he was prompted to accelerate on Monday when he was chased up a hill by two spectators with chainsaws.
In Wednesday’s 17th stage, Bernal has built an extended lead with a lead of 2 minutes and 24 seconds over Damiano Caruso and 3 minutes and 40 seconds over Briton Hugh Carthy.
The 2019 Tour de France champion rode alone over the snowy Giau Pass and then carefully navigated the technical and wet descent to Cortina to increase his overall lead in stage 16 on Monday.
Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal was chased up a hill by two fans with chainsaws in the Giro d’Italia
Bernal was working hard to keep his lead before the two men ran close to him
Bernal looked unfazed as he extended his lead and drove to victory in the Italian mountains
But winning Stage 16 wasn’t without a struggle, especially when he had to run away from two locals who decided to cheer him on with a chainsaw.
Recordings made by Eurosport shows that Bernal is working hard to maintain his lead while going uphill in snow.
But then, on the Colombian’s left, two fans show up and each turn a chainsaw within a few yards of Bernal.
Bernal, who drives for Sir Dave Brailsford’s Ineos Grenadiers, somehow seems totally unaffected by the incident and keeps kicking past them before they fall out of harm’s way.
‘I wanted to put on a show. This is the kind of cycling I like, tough stages like this one, ‘said Bernal.
“It’s a risk, but I believed in myself and the team believed in me.”
In phase 17, Bernal has built an extended lead with a lead of 2 minutes and 24 seconds
Snow and rain in the Dolomites caused organizers to drastically shorten Monday’s stage from 132 miles to 95 miles, taking the riders from Sacile to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Bernal, who takes part in the Giro d’Italia for the first time, crossed in 4 hours and 22 minutes and finished 27 seconds ahead of Romain Bardet, who was faster in the descent.
It comes after an Italian minister called for the route to be changed for Friday’s 19th stage to avoid the area in northern Italy where 14 people died in a cable car accident.
The bike race will pass through Mottarone mountain, where the Stresa-Mottarone gondola crashed to the ground near the shore of Lake Maggiore on Sunday, but an alternative route is being discussed.
Racing continues on Wednesday as riders head from Canazei to Sega Di Ala, a 119-mile ride.