Defending Champion Egan Bernal Withdraws From Tour De France

"This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me in the circumstances,"

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Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal has ended his Tour de France defence with a withdrawal before stage 17.
Defending Champion Egan Bernal Withdraws From Tour De France. Picture Courtesy Of BBC.

Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal has ended his Tour de France defence with a withdrawal before stage 17.

The Colombian, 23, lost more than seven minutes to leader Primoz Roglic on Sunday’s Grand Colombier climb.

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After Tuesday’s stage 16, Egan Bernal was 16th in the general classification, just over 19 minutes off the lead.

“This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me in the circumstances,” Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal said in a statement.

Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz is Ineos’ highest-ranked rider in the GC standings in 14th, 17 minutes and 23 seconds behind Roglic.

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “We have taken this decision with Egan’s best interests at heart.”

“Egan is a true champion who loves to race, but he is also a young rider, with many Tours ahead of him and at this point, on balance, we feel it is wiser for him to stop racing.”

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The team has provided seven of the last eight Tour winners, including British trio Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.

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