Ineos takes defending champion Egan Bernal out of the match

Egan Bernal, last year’s ailing winner, will not finish the Tour de France this year. His team removed the Colombian from the standings for health reasons.

Defending champion Egan Bernal drops out of the 107th Tour de France. The 23-year-old Colombian from the team of Ineos Grenadiers will no longer compete on Wednesday in the difficult 16th stage in the Alps. As his team announced on Wednesday morning, they had decided to remove Bernal from the Tour de France “in the interest of Egan”.

“Egan is a real champion, but he is also a young driver who still has many Tour starts ahead of him,” said team principal Dave Brailsford. stop.”

Bernal shows understanding for team decisions

Bernal showed understanding. “That is certainly not the way I wanted to end my tour. But under the circumstances I agree that it is the right decision,” he said. “I look forward to bringing the tour back in the coming years.

Bernal, who started the tour with back problems, lost 7:20 minutes to the leader of the classification Primoz Roglic from Slovenia on Sunday when he reached the mountain at the Grand Colombier. On Tuesday, Bernal struggled in the first Alpine stage of the last week, almost half an hour behind winner Lennard Kämna with the Gruppetto.

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