When last year’s Traguardi Volanti winner Simon Pellaud made it into the leading group, he ensured he would win the Fuga Bianchi breakaway competition. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Bouchard crossed the Passo San Bernardino sixth, taking 4 points. This left Bernal needing to win both of the final climbs to deprive the Frenchman of the jersey.
On the descent, Team DSM’s Chris Hamilton, Michael Storer and Romain Bardet attacked with over 57 km to go Damiano Caruso’s instinct was to follow; it was to prove well founded. Bilbao set the pace on the descent from the Splügenpass, then Caruso dropped Bardet just before the second intermediate sprint, in Madesimo, 2.5 km from the finish line. He crossed alone, taking maximum bonus seconds, then pressed on towards a well deserved victory. Behind him, Egan Bernal’s final domestique, Dani Martínez, pulled aside to let his leader take the final bonus second, then resumed his position at the front. It showed his clarity of thought, despite riding at a pace that, moments later, Simon Yates and João Almeida would find themselves unable to follow.