Egan Bernal

, defender of the title, has withdrawn from the

Tour de France

before the dispute of the seventeenth stage that will take place today between

Grenoble and Meribel Col de la Loze

, considered the

queen day

of this edition.



, Ineos leader and initially No. 1 favorite for the yellow jersey, will focus on regaining his fitness for the rest of the season.

Bernal, after fainting at the

Grand Colombier

last Sunday, lost more than

7 minutes

and ran out of options in the general classification.

On yesterday's day with the finish line in Villard de Lans, the Zipaquirá cyclist suffered again to reach the finish line, this time more than

27 minutes

from the winner and far from the group of favorites.

In the general classification he was in

place 16 at 19.04 minutes



this is not how I wanted my Tour de France to end

, but I agree that it is the right decision for the circumstances. I have the utmost respect for this race and I am looking forward to coming back in the next few years." noted Bernal.

For his part, the director of Ineos Grenadiers,

Dave Brailsford

, explained that the decision is the right one for the rider and the formation.

"We made this decision with Egan's interests in mind. He is a true champion who loves to race, but he is also

a young rider

, with a lot of laps ahead of him and at this point, in the end, we think he is more prudent. stop running. "

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