Egan Bernal has put an end to his participation in this edition of the Tour de France. After losing all their options in the general classification last Sunday, Team Ineos has announced that the current champion of the French round leaves four days after the arrival of the peloton in Paris. From their team they have decided to end the Colombian’s suffering to focus on recovering from the crash « and rethinking their goals for the remainder of the season. »
The Colombian cyclist had dropped out of the group of favorites in the last two stages disputed on Sunday and Tuesday in the Alps, which left him very far in the general (sixteenth at 19:04 minutes from the leader, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic). Finally, the 23-year-old young rider from Bogotá has ended up throwing in the towel.
« Obviously, It was not the way I wanted to end my Tour de France, but i think it’s the right decision for me in these circumstances, ”Bernal himself explained in a statement from his Ineos team before the start of the seventeenth stage, this Wednesday, of 170 km between Grenoble and Col de la Loze.
« I have the greatest respect for this career and am already looking forward to returning in the next few years, » added Bernal, whose preparation for the Tour was affected by back pain that already made him leave the Critérium del Dauphiné in August, although the climber had assured that his poor performance on this Tour was not due to this injury.
“I have had pain at all stages, but I cannot blame that. Today it was more leg pain than back pain“He admitted on Sunday after leaving more than seven minutes with respect to the favorites on the podium and saying goodbye to his options to revalidate the title.
«We believe that the wisest thing for him is to leave the race », estimated for his part the patron of Ineos, the British Dave Brailsford. « Egan is a true winner who loves to race, but he is also a young rider, with many Tours still ahead of him, » added Brailsford. After achieving the first Tour de France for Colombian cycling in 2019, Bernal attended this edition as the undisputed leader of the British formation, the most powerful of the peloton.