Tour de France - Egan Bernal: Geraint asked me to attack to try to move the race
Jul 26 2019 02:22 am CET

Tour de France - Egan Bernal: Geraint asked me to attack to try to move the race
Tour de France - Egan Bernal: Geraint asked me to attack to try to move the race
Photo of Egan Bernal by Team INEOS

Egan Bernal climbed three positions in the General Classification of the Tour de France after the 18th stage.

The rider of Team Ineos made a move on the last climb of the day and could take distance from the other General Classification contenders. Bernal did the last part of the climb by himself and then crossed the finish line four minutes and 46 seconds from the winner of the stage Nairo Quintana.

"For us, it was really good," said the Colombian. "I gained a little bit of time on Alaphilippe so I'm really happy about that. G asked me how I was feeling. I said I was feeling really good so he asked me to attack to try to move the race. Then he tried to come with me, but once he saw the guys were on his wheel he stayed with them.

"I was feeling much better when I was at altitude, I don't know if it was just mentally. The last 8km was more than 2000 metres. I was feeling much better and I hope tomorrow can be good for me. I tried to do a time trial in the last 3km. I don't know from how many kilometres out I attacked. I just viewed the finish as the King of the Mountains (summit) and I did my best on the downhill. I was careful to not crash.







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