Paris-Nice - Egan Bernal: Now I have the pressure on me
Mar 17 2019 02:22 am CET

Paris-Nice - Egan Bernal: Now I have the pressure on me
Paris-Nice - Egan Bernal: Now I have the pressure on me
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Team Sky's Egan Bernal has taken the lead of the General Classification in Paris-Nice after arriving three minutes and 43 seconds behind the seventh stage's winner Daniel Martinez.

At the end of the sixth stage, Bernal was 18 seconds behind his teammate Michal Kwiatkowski in the general classification of the race. As the Polish champion stayed behind, Bernal continued and managed to get to the finish line at three minutes and 43 seconds from Martinez, climbing to the top of the overall classification.

"While I am very happy to be wearing the leader’s jersey, I have mixed feelings because my teammate Kwiato (Michal Kwiatkowski) was in the leader’s jersey and lost it today," the Colombian commented. "But I think he had the pressure (of being the leader) for a few stages and he did very well, but with (Philippe) Gilbert in front, we had to go full gas today.

"It was a really hard stage, it was strange for the legs having had lots of flat terrain and wind to contend with earlier in the race to suddenly be in the mountains, but in the final, I was in the front and able to do well."

The last stage of the French race will include four climbs of the second category and two of the first category before the iconic finish in Nice, a profile that has the potential of changing the entire GC. "Now we have kept the jersey in the team we have to give our best tomorrow.

"I have a good chance to win Paris-Nice, tomorrow but it will be a tough stage, it always is, and we will have to concentrate all day. Now I have the pressure on me, I am really confident in this really good team and I will try my best to win the race."



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