Lorenzo Fortunato climbed to victory in the gruelling 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday in foggy and cold conditions on the summit of Monte Zoncolan. Colombian Egan Bernal of Ineos was the first of the favourites to cross the finish line to consolidate his hold on the leader’s pink jersey. Italian 25-year-old Fortunato, riding for the Eolo-Kometa team, finished 26 seconds ahead of Slovenian Jan Tratnik with Italian Alessandro Covi third at 59 seconds back to claim his maiden career victory.
Bernal finished fourth at 1:43 to gain time on his rivals. Britain’s Simon Yates moved second overall 1:33 behind the 2019 Tour de France winner, with Italy’s Damiano Caruso third at 1:51.
Russian Aleksander Vlasov lost over a minute on Bernal on the final climb to lose second place overall with Belgian Remco Evenepoel also dropping 1:30.
The stage covered 127 miles from Cittadella to Monte Zoncolan on the border with Austria with the final mile where the gradient was at times more than 20 percent.
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