Simon Yates launched a solo attack to win the stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia on the Alpe di Mera summit on Friday, but Egan Bernal stayed in the overall lead. Colombian Bernal, the 2019 Tour de France champion, finished third on the day to keep hold of the leaders’ pink jersey with only two stages remaining. He now leads second-placed Damiano Caruso in the general classification by 2:29 seconds, with Yates 20 seconds further back. Ineos’ Bernal could all but seal his second Grand Tour title in Saturday’s 20th and penultimate stage, a mountainous 101 mile ride from Verbania to Valle Spluga.
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