Egan Bernal said he did not panic when Damiano Caruso attacked his pink leader's jersey on Saturday in the last mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia.
The Colombian kept the damage to the number two in the general classification limited and does not seem to be able to escape the overall victory in the Giro.
"I am satisfied with the result. I think we handled the situation well," said Bernal after the very tough last Alpine stage.
"We are two minutes ahead of tomorrow's time trial, so we are in a good position."
The 24-year-old Bernal saw Caruso jump out of the group with favorites in the descent of the penultimate climb with, among others, Team DSM leader Romain Bardet and the leader of INEOS Grenadiers was at one point a minute behind the number two in the general classification. .
Before the ride, the gap between the two was 2 minutes and 29 seconds.
"Of course that was not good", admitted Bernal, who at that time had three teammates left.
"I used them as wisely as possible so that I could get to the foot of the final climb as fresh as possible. We did well, but of course it was difficult."
Bernal especially thanks his teammate Daniel Felipe Martínez, who took him in tow on the final climb of the Alpe Motta for miles.
"A lot of people know that he is a great rider, but now he has proven it to everyone. He is an excellent rider. And of course it is nice that two Colombians in the same team fight for the pink jersey. This is for Dani and Colombia. "
Bernal will defend a 1 minute and 59 seconds lead over Caruso in the final time trial over 30 kilometers to Milan on Sunday.
After the Tour de France in 2019, he could win his second major round of his career.
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