Egan Bernal is not worried about his pink jersey after his slump in Wednesday's tough mountain ride to the Sega di Ala.
The Colombian leader of INEOS Grenadiers, who lost almost a minute to Simon Yates, was happy that he got through a bad day without much damage.
24-year-old Bernal was parked 4 kilometers from the top of the Sega di Ala after a breakaway by Yates and lost 53 seconds on the line to the Brit, who is third in the standings.
Damiano Caruso, the number two in the rankings, did not benefit from the Colombian's lesser day.
He took 'only' a handful of seconds.
"Today was a tough day for me", Bernal acknowledged after the seventeenth stage.
"The last kilometers were very steep. I tried to follow Yates, but today he was stronger than me and that's why I tried to follow Caruso. He is closest to me in the standings. Yates was impressive. I did my best."
"I'm happy because I didn't lose that much time on Yates," said Bernal.
"Besides, I only lost a few meters on Caruso. So on a bad day I lost almost nothing on the number two in the standings and I still have a big lead over Yates."
After the tough mountain stage, Bernal is 2 minutes and 21 seconds ahead of Caruso in the general classification, while Yates is still 3 minutes and 23 seconds behind on the rosette bearer.
There are still four stages to ride in the Giro, including two tough mountain stages and Sunday's final time trial in Milan.
Bernal still has great confidence in the overall victory, with which he would win the second big round of his career, after the Tour de France in 2019. "It will be the same for me if I win the Giro with a lead of one second or two. minutes. "
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