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Egan Bernal abandons Tour de France

Cycling News logo Cycling News 16/09/2020 Alasdair Fotheringham
a close up of a person wearing a helmet: VILLARDDELANS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 15 Start Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 16 a 164km stage from La TourDuPin to VillardDeLans 1152m Auberge de la Cte 2000 TDF2020 LeTour on September 15 2020 in VillardDeLans France Photo by Marco Bertorello PoolGetty Images © Provided by Cycling News VILLARDDELANS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 15 Start Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 16 a 164km stage from La TourDuPin to VillardDeLans 1152m Auberge de la Cte 2000 TDF2020 LeTour on September 15 2020 in VillardDeLans France Photo by Marco Bertorello PoolGetty Images

Egan Bernal has abandoned the 2020 Tour de France due after losing time and suffering with a back injury.

The 2019 Tour de France winner lost any hope of overall victory after being distanced on the Grand Colombier on stage 15. After losing more time on Tuesday, he admitted his back problem had also created a knee problem.  

The Ineos Grenadiers medical staff opted to pull him from the race before Wednesday's key stage to the summit of the Col de la Loze in the Alps. 

“This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me in the circumstances,” Bernal said. 

“I have the greatest respect for this race and I’m already looking forward to coming back in the years ahead.”

Bernal will now look for new goals in the final part of the rescheduled season.

“We have taken this decision with Egan’s best interests at heart,” team manager Dave Brailsford said. 

“Egan is a true champion who loves to race, but he is also a young rider, with many Tours ahead of him and at this point, on balance, we feel it is wiser for him to stop racing.”

More to follow.


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