Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I won’t go against the instructions of my team
Jul 21 2019 05:30 am CET

Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I won’t go against the instructions of my team
Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I won’t go against the instructions of my team
Photo of Egan Bernal by Team INEOS

Team Ineos' Egan Bernal has a better day than his teammate Geraint Thomas at the 14th stage of the Tour de France. The rider arrived to the last kilometre with the reduced favourites' group and took the White Jersey at the end of the stage.

The Colombian rider was one of the two Ineos riders to remain at the front group at the last stretch of the Tourmalet, at the end of the stage of La Grande Boucle. After Thomas dropped from the group, Bernal continued with the other favourites and crossed the finish line eight seconds behind the winner of the day Thibaut Pinot and climbed one spot in the General Classification, where he sits in the fourth position.

"What happened today is a big surprise for many," he commented at the end of the stage. "It was the first day of the pure battle for the overall with big climbs. Personally, I felt well and that makes me happy. As a team, Geraint Thomas has lost some time and that’s not good.

"I was available to help him but through the radio, they told me to not wait for him. We all have a bad day at the Tour de France, yesterday was mine. I don’t know if we can win the Tour de France. I know that the defending champion is my teammate. I won’t go against the instructions of my team. If I’m asked to help, I will do. If I’m given freedom, I’ll try to make the best of it."







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