Bernal encounters chainsaw-wielding fans on Passo Giau

Encounters with the public aren’t unusual for professional riders, but Egan Bernal’s push past two chainsaw-wielding spectators on the Passo Giau might just be a first.

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos Grenadiers) passing through Passo Giau during stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia

Egan Bernal Source: Getty / Getty Images

Grim weather forced the race from Sacile to Cortina d’Ampezzo to be shortened from 212km to 155km, and it has since been revealed that Bernal battled more than just the cold during stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia.

With live images in the mountain stage hard to come by, a replay from RAI Sport soon shed some light on the additional challenges the General Classification leader faced.

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Remarkably, the Colombian seemed unnerved by the close encounter before finishing 27 seconds ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet and Italy's Damiano Caruso.

The 24-year-old now leads the pack by two minutes and 24 seconds, with Caruso his closest challenger ahead of the stage 17 ride from Canazei to Sega di Ala on Wednesday night.

WATCH Stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia LIVE, FREE and in HD from 7:50pm (AEST) via SBS On Demand and 8:30pm on SBS VICELAND tonight.




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Published 26 May 2021 at 11:09am
By SBS Cycling Central
Source: SBS