Tour de France 2020 :

Hit in the back, and in difficulty in recent days, Egan Bernal decided to prematurely end his Tour de France. The Colombian, the reigning winner, will not take the start of the 17th stage this Wednesday, linking Grenoble to Méribel Col de la Loze.

The reigning champion (officially) returns his crown. Winner of the Tour de France last year, Egan Bernal was forced to retire on Wednesday before the start of the 17th stage, which will link Grenoble to Méribel Col de la Loze, from 12:30 p.m. Hit in the back from the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Colombian had been in the hard for a few days and had to face the evidence that he could not go to Paris, and the Champs-Elysées. Unable to follow the favorites in the Grand Colombier on Sunday, during the 15th stage, Bernal then lost more than seven minutes on his direct competitors, before losing more than ten on Tuesday during the 16th stage, between La Tour -du-Pin and Villard-de-Lans. Currently 16th in the general classification more than 19 minutes from Primoz Roglic, the current wearer of the Yellow Jersey, and almost as much from the podium, the latter therefore saw his Ineos-Grenadiers formation formalize the news of his withdrawal this Wednesday morning.

Brailsford: “It is wiser for him to stop”

“We made this decision in his best interest. Egan is a great champion who loves to run, but he is also a young rider, who will be competing a lot of Tour and at this point we think it is wiser for him to stop racing. (on the Tour de France) “, explained Dave Brailsford, the manager of the British training, in a press release published by Ineos-Grenadiers. “This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end. But I do agree that it is the right decision for me in these circumstances. I have the utmost respect for this race and I am already looking forward to returning in the years to come “, For his part confided Bernal. Absent from the Colombian selection for the Worlds in Imola, which will take place next week, the latter will therefore be able to rest and rebuild his health before tackling new objectives.