Last Sunday, Egan Bernal’s classification ambitions went up in smoke when the 23-year-old Colombian lost more than 7 minutes in the ride to the Grand Colombier. The day after the rest day, he rolled down the 16th stage to Villard-de-Lans, but this morning Ineos announced that the defending champion was leaving the Tour.
Bernal now explains his assignment on Twitter. “It may sound strange, but I enjoyed every kilometer in this Tour. As painful as it was. I did it with full conviction, because this is my job and my passion.”
“I pushed my body to the limit, but at one point my body said enough was enough. The only and best option was to listen to that signal. I had to think about my health and leave the Tour, even though I ride me with number 1. ”
“This is life and cycling. I want to thank everyone who has sent me statements of support. I love you!”