Egan Bernal abandons the Critérium du Dauphiné
The 2019 Tour de France champion was seventh within the common classification after three levels, 31 seconds behind the race chief and the anticipated Tour de France rival, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).
Bernal had constantly misplaced seconds to Roglic within the prime finishes of levels 2 and three, however was the strongest in Workforce Ineos, with Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas left behind within the last climbs.
Leaving the race with two levels remaining raises query of whether or not the Colombian will be capable to end Tour de France recon is using together with his group over the subsequent few weeks and eventual type for a very powerful Grand Tour of the 2020 season.
“He is not leaving at the moment,” confirmed his teammate Geraint Thomas initially of the 4th stage.
“He has just a little again ache and one of the best factor for him is to take it slowly. The lap is so brief that it will be important that he succeed 100% and be good then. I do not. Assume. that it is a main downside, you higher be on the secure aspect. He is had two races earlier than that too, so he is obtained the experience he wants. It is only a matter of creating positive all the things is in. 100% there and there aren’t any issues. “
Roglic appeared stunned by the information surrounding Bernal however admitted the race was nonetheless removed from over, with many prime climbers inside touching distance of the yellow jersey.
“I do not suppose it adjustments a lot for us. We now have to deal with our job and attempt to be one of the best. I can not wait to be at this stage. We are going to see one other troublesome race, it’s not all about Egan. as a result of we have now quite a lot of actually robust guys. It should be powerful races. I do not know what is going on to occur at the moment however it can undoubtedly be powerful races. There are mountains from the beginning however for us we need to have management and state of affairs. We are going to attempt to deal with that, ”stated Roglic.
The lack of Bernal leaves Workforce Ineos and not using a GC chief for the race. Thomas and Chris Froome each misplaced quite a lot of time, whereas the group’s best-placed driver within the total standings is Pavel Sivakov, who sits in 18th place at 3.15am.
The fourth stage of the #Dauphine ought to begin shortly. We will affirm that @Eganbernal is not going to be beginning this morning at Ugine. pic.twitter.com/uRLT6NHu2pAug 15, 2020