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Egan Bernal set for first race in Britain at World Championships

George Smith
4 Sep 2019

Tour de France winner selected by Colombian national team

Egan Bernal, this year's Tour de France victor, is set to line up for the Colombian national cycling team this month at the UCI Road World Championships taking place in Yorkshire.

Despite riding for British outfit Team Ineos, the 22-year-old has never actually competed in the country - with the 284.5km challenge set to be his first taste of road racing in Britain.

Remarkably, this will also mark the first time he has represented his country in the discipline, though he previously competed for Colombia as a junior in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in 2014, bringing home a silver medal.

Nonetheless, it is not expected that Bernal, a mountain-goat by trade and stick-figure by body composition, will be able to make any significant individual impact in the race which is not particularly hilly in its make-up.

However, with many nations' reconnaissance missions confirming the route is harder than first assumed, it is a great chance for Colombia to break South America’s duck at World Championships: no competitor from the continent has ever managed a podium spot.

The UCI Road World Championships will take place between the 22nd and 29th September, with the week's various racing culminating in the men’s elite road race in which Bernal will take the start line.