Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I was suffering from the first climb
Sep 14 2020 03:03 am CET

Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I was suffering from the first climb
Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I was suffering from the first climb
Photo of Egan Bernal by Team Ineos

Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) has lost more than seven minutes to the overall leader of the Tour de France, Primoz Roglic, in the gruelling 15th stage of competition.

The Colombian - who won the race in 2019 - was dropped by Jumbo-Visma's high pace during the first ramps of the Grand Colombier. The rider continued at his own pace with the company of some of his teammates and crossed the finish line seven minutes and 20 seconds behind the winner of the stage Tadej Pogacar, and dropped to the 13th position of the overall standings.

"I was not going well from the first climb to be honest, I was almost dropped there, I was suffering from the first climb," said Bernal. "I told the team I was not good, but then I was trying to fight until the final and give my best. It’s difficult to say how I felt, the feeling was that I was empty - I had no power. When the other riders did a big acceleration, I couldn’t go, too hard to follow, but then I recovered really quickly, but my body couldn’t react as normal.

"I’m the number one and I tried to give my best, but finally there were riders who were stronger than me. Even if I start the last climb with the other GC riders I felt I would be dropped, I wanted to give my best, not just for me, but for the team and for the respect I have for the race. There's no excuses, I tried to fuel my body in the best way possible, but I don’t know, I didn’t have the legs. The other riders have been stronger than me, and we have to accept that."




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