• Tour The Grand Colombier eliminates Bernal and buries the glorious era of Ineos

There came a time when

Egan Bernal

understood that it no longer made sense to continue torturing himself.

It did not matter whether he left five, six or seven minutes at the finish, any option of getting on the podium of this


, let alone revalidating his victory, had already evaporated.

His entry into the finish line, accompanied by his gregarious

Michal Kwiatkowski

and by the man from the Jumbo who had tortured him,

Wout Van Aert

, did it at a leisurely pace, with no hurry other than to get to the hotel as soon as possible and find consolation on the day rest this Monday.

In which, by the way, the platoon and its assistants will again undergo the screening of the

PCR tests


Some people hide their frustration after a bad day behind their press officer or their trusted assistant.

Bernal is not like that.

After a dog day, he

had the courage to stand up

and offer the explanations that everyone expected, especially his heartbroken Colombian countrymen.

"I have suffered since the first climb, I think I

have lost about three years of my life in today's stage,

" acknowledged the



, who from very early on was seen in the rear positions of the peloton, which is never good A symptom, but less so when it happens with the leader of the ranks to the British squad, always placed in the most forward positions.

"I was going full

hoping for a miracle that never happened

. I gave it my all, I did my best, but the others are stronger and I couldn't follow them, we have to admit it," explained the Colombian humbly, who refused to blame his fall in the Dauphiné of the performance offered at the Grand Colombier: "It was not the best way to start the Tour and it is true that I have had back pain all the stages. But I did not stay because of that, it was more leg pain than back pain ".

Bernal, of course,

is discarded for the final triumph

(he is 8'25 "behind Roglic) and also for the fight for the podium (6'51" from Urán, with nine riders between them), but not giving his Tour by finished.


We will see what the team wants and rethink the race,

" said the winner of the 2019 edition, as elegant then in victory as this Sunday in what may have been the worst defeat of his entire career.

With 23 years still, he will have time to redeem himself.

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