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Egan Bernal abandons Tour de France

Jack Elton-Walters
16 Sep 2020

The defending champion had already hinted at withdrawing and now the news has been confirmed

Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the 2020 Tour de France and will not start Stage 17. The defending champion dropped out of contention on the summit finish to Grand Colombier on Stage 15 and looked out of sorts near the back of the peloton at the end of Stage 16, where he rolled in in the grupetto.

Speaking to ITV after that stage, he hinted heavily at an imminent end to his race when he explained the pain he's been in while trying to ride.

A return of the back injury that forced his early exit from the Criterium du Dauphine looks to have ended his 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,' Bernal said.

'I have the greatest respect for this race and I am already looking forward to coming back in the years ahead,' the 23-year-old added.

'We have taken this decision with Egan’s best interests at heart,' team manager Sir Dave Brailsford explained. '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.'