Grenoble, France-Defending the Tour de France champion Egan Bernal withdrew from the race before the mammoth stage in the Alps, his Ineos grenadier team said on Wednesday.
Bernal has been struggling since last weekend’s game in the Jura Mountains, where he fell on the main competitor for more than 7 minutes and withdrew from the competition. Due to back pain, the 23-year-old driver lost more time on Tuesday’s first alpine stage.
Bernal ranked 16th, 19 minutes and four seconds behind the race leader Primoz Roglic.
“Obviously, this is not the way I want the Tour de France to end, but I agree that this is the right decision for me in this case,”
Last year, Bernal became the first Colombian to win the tour and the youngest champion since World War II. His team stated that Bernal will try to recover and redefine his goals for the rest of the season.
Ineos manager Dave Brailsford said: “We will take Egans’ best interests into consideration when we make this decision.” “Egan is a true champion and loves racing, but he is still a young driver. He has had many tours before. Match.”
Bernal’s withdrawal marked the end of Ineos’s dominance in the biggest event in cycling. The period of success began in 2012, when Bradley Wiggins (Bradley Wiggins) won, and the team was called the “Team in the Sky.” The team has won seven championships in the past eight races with four different drivers, but the best-ranked driver this year is Richard Carapaz, who ranked in stage 17 on Wednesday The 14th place.
Arguably the most difficult trek, the hiking routes are Col de La Madeleine and Col de La Loze, which is the highest point of the tour this year, reaching 2,304 meters. After local authorities paved the forest trails, the no pass between Meribel and Courchevel ski resorts was opened to cyclists this year. The last six kilometers of the climb are particularly difficult, with very steep parts and sharp turns.
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