Egan Bernal, on the prowl at the Tour de France 1:08
(CNN Spanish) – The Ineos Grenadiers team reported on Tuesday that the leader of its team and current Tour de France champion, Egan Bernal, is withdrawing from the 2020 Tour de France.
Sir Dave Brailsford, Ineos team principal, reported via the team’s verified Twitter account that: ‘We have made this decision with Egan’s best interests in mind. Egan is a true champion who loves to race, but he is also a young rider, with many laps ahead of him and at this point, at the end of the day, we think it is more prudent for him to stop racing.
From the beginning of the tour, Egan Bernal expressed pain in his back and knees that were getting worse, which led him, on stage 15 of the mountain, from being second in the general classification to falling to seventh place, in what he described as « the worst day of his professional career ”for the result and the pain he experienced.
The announcement comes 24 hours after the Colombian cycling team reported that Bernal would not be on the roster for the cycling World Cup to be held in Imola, Italy, from September 24 to 27 of this year.
This Tuesday, the current Giro d’Italia champion, the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, took the podium of the Tour de France for the first time, thus adding more achievements to his sports career.
Richard Carapaz takes the podium at the Tour de France 0:42
Also on Tuesday, the Tour de France reported through a statement that each of the 785 covid-19 tests that were made to all participating teams returned negative.