Grenoble (dpa) - Last year's winner Egan Bernal has dropped out of the 107th Tour de France.
Shortly before the start of the royal stage in Grenoble, his team informed Ineos that the 23-year-old Colombian had decided not to.
"Egan is a real champion who loves to race, but he's also a young rider with a lot of tours to go, and at this point we think it's wiser to stop racing," said Team Principal Dave Brailsford.
Bernal will now recover and set new goals for the season.
Before the 17th stage from Grenoble to Meribel Col de la Loze, he was 16th in the overall standings, just over 19 minutes behind the leader, Primož Roglic from Slovenia.
On Sunday he broke in on the 15th section and lost all chances.
When Bremen's Lennard Kämna won the 16th stage on Tuesday, he fell even further behind.
"Of course I didn't want my Tour de France to end like this, but I agree that under the circumstances it is the right decision for me," Bernal was quoted as saying in the team announcement.
"I have the greatest respect for this race and am already looking forward to coming back in the years to come."
Last year he was the youngest driver to win the Tour of France.
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