Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I could get the water bottles, I've never done that
Sep 15 2020 07:21 am CET

Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I could get the water bottles, I've never done that
Tour de France - Egan Bernal: I could get the water bottles, I've never done that
Photo of Egan Bernal by Team Ineos

The titleholder of the Tour de France, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), has talked about the role he would want to have in the race now that he can't fight for the win any more.

On the 15th stage of competition, the two heavy climbs of the day, including a mountain finish on the Grand Colombier, proved to be too challenging for the defending champion of the race. At the end of the day, Bernal lost more than seven minutes to the General Classification leader Primoz Roglic and his chance to fight for a second victory in a row.

"I feel a little bit better today and I don't have regrets about yesterday," said Bernal. "I did my best, I tried my best. In every stage we were riding full gas for this race. I have done my best and I can't blame myself. I will not win the Tour but maybe I can give something back to the boys. Getting water bottles in the race, for example. I've never done that before.

"I now want to recover further and hopefully enjoy the Tour a little longer. Maybe I can try to get into a breakaway again, without thinking about the classification. However, it also depends on my back, because it still hurts a bit."

But the rider still holds good feelings for the race that will inspire him to try again in the future. "When I put the number one for the first time, I knew it would be difficult to become number one again," he mentioned. "I really enjoyed that title, that honour. I was the first ever Colombian winner, and I am very proud of that. And I will try again to win the Tour."




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