Bernal holds the balance of power | Procycling

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The Labour prime minister Harold Wilson is supposed to have uttered the phrase “a week is a long time in politics” in the early 1960s. Whether apocryphal or not, it’s a statement that is still applicable almost 60 years on. A week is also a long time in bike racing, and yet, after the first week of the Giro d’Italia, there is very little between the GC favourites. There might be, oddly, one more stage before the first rest day, but the general classification looks set for the first week.

Stage 9 was the first decisive GC day of this year’s Giro so far and yet it was also not decisive at all. There is less than a minute separating the top 10 and it would be difficult to argue that a knockout blow has been made on any of these contenders. All that said, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) is now in the maglia rosa and looks like the strongest rider in the race, so could this be the point at which the Colombian and his team take control of the race?

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