Vuelta a España - Egan Bernal: Roglic was the strongest today and I'm happy for him
Sep 02 2021 05:36 am CET

Vuelta a España - Egan Bernal: Roglic was the strongest today and I'm happy for him
Vuelta a España - Egan Bernal: Roglic was the strongest today and I'm happy for him
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Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadiers) has been one of the stars of the 17th stage of the Vuelta a España after launching a brave attack with 60 kilometres to go.

The Colombian rider started the 17th stage of the Spanish grand tour in the seventh overall place, at four minutes and 21 seconds from the then leader, Odd Christian Eiking. One day before, he said that if he had the legs, he would try something in the mountains, and that's exactly what he did.

After Ineos-Grenadiers set a high rhythm in the second and third climb of the day, Bernal launched his attack with a bit more than 60 kilometres to go. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was the only rider that followed him, and the two of them rode together until the last climb of the day.

On the steepest part of it, Roglic set a high rhythm and the winner of the 2021 Giro d'Italia couldn't follow, and in the end he crossed the finish line in the seventh position, but climbed one in the General Classification, where he sits at four minutes and 21 seconds from the Slovenian.

"I was just trying to enjoy my day and enjoy riding my bike," Bernal commented. "That’s all. Today in the morning we had a plan on the bus, but in my mind I was thinking just to enjoy. I’ve been suffering a lot during this Vuelta, but today finally I had legs. I was aiming to make the race hard, which I did. I was enjoying every kilometre, even when it was hard.

"I was happy to be part of this winning move for Roglic. He was brave. I had nothing to lose, but he was basically the leader of the race, and he went with me. He was the strongest today, and I’m happy for him."






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