'No chance!' - Ineos' Egan Bernal told to go away by rivals in bizarre breakaway at Giro d'Italia
There was a bizarre moment on Stage 8 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia as Ineos Grenadiers star Egan Bernal was told to forget about it by rival riders as he temporarily attempted a very unexpected - and ill-fated - breakaway from the peloton. In a long stretch of road and with crosswinds swirling, the former Tour de France champion made a move to the front before swiftly being forced to retreat back.
'It's chaos!' - Bernal told to go away in comical breakaway
Team Trek-Segafredo rider Italy's Vincenzo Nibali and Team Ineos rider Colombia's Egan Bernal at the Giro d'Italia 2021
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He is being told by the riders there that he should not be there, because they are saying he has no, no chance of getting away!
"That was a very interesting move, because he obviously found himself there. I didn't see him surrounded by any team-mates or anything like that. Bernal found himself there.
"It's all over the road, here. No wonder they were chasing hard with Bernal in front. I was also wondering if Mr [Remco] Evenepoel was there as well because I saw several Deceuninck–Quick-Step jerseys.
"It's chaos on the first few kilometres of this Giro d'Italia [stage] but the type of chaos that we really enjoy. It is splitting in the wind and that is perhaps why Bernal found himself up there."
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Kelly added: "Well, that is the death of that breakaway! They were trying to get a very slight advantage but it is coming back here.
"When they start a conversation like that with Bernal, immediately the pace is knocked off a bit. That was not one that was going to stay.
"It's all coming back together now and Bernal is not going to be the one to go, he is going to be the death of that breakaway."
Stage 8 kicks off a bumper weekend with plenty of climbs. While Attila Valter (Groupama–FDJ) came in holding the maglia rosa, Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and Evenepoel (Deceuninck–Quickstep) will be looking to strike.
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