Bernal wins emotional Route d’Occitanie with Tour de France looming

Toulouse (France) (AFP) – Tour de France winner Egan Bernal secured over-all victory in the Route d’Occitanie on Tuesday, underlining his toughness in advance of cycling’s most prestigious race which begins afterwards this thirty day period.

It was an psychological day for Bernal’s workforce as late Ineos director Nico Portal’s spouse and spouse and children joined a minute’s applause ahead of the stage. Portal died in March at the age of 40.

Bernal, and Chris Froome, who Portal coached to Tour wins, lined up along with staff principal Dave Brailsford in a touching homage.

“This early morning it was great to share some time with Nico Portal’s household, they are aspect of our family members,” claimed the lithe-seeking Bernal.

The Colombian secured his win by finishing fourth Tuesday at the conclude of a 195km journey through the Causses de Quercy nationwide park, a popular mountaineering location recognised for its spectacular cliffside paths.

Bernal came in behind delighted French rider and phase winner Benoit Cosnefroy.

“It was a phase I experienced earmarked and I’m definitely content for myself and the staff,” smiled 24-year-old AG2R gentleman Cosnefroy.

Workforce Ineos rider Bernal did more than enough to get the overall title, 19 seconds in advance of teammate Pavel Sivakov.

The pair pulled off an Ineos 1-2 on stage 3 Monday, attaining the time on the closing mountain ascent that finally secured the over-all earn.

The 23-year-outdated Bernal is favourite to acquire this season’s Tour, which was postponed to August 29 because of to the coronavirus pandemic.

Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, in the meantime, completed 37th as he proceeds his epic journey back to fitness.

The British rider ended practically 10 minutes at the rear of teammate Bernal, but did enough to counsel he could properly be on the Tour roster.

“I sense this racing will seriously assistance provide my amount up as we head in direction of the Tour de France,” Froome claimed.

Bernal will ride following in the Criterium du Dauphine, which begins on August 12 and is the closing dress rehearsal for the Tour.

Frome received four tours with Portal, and spoke of the former rider and sporting activities director fondly.

“It was quite an psychological day remembering Nico, using on outdated roadways wherever I would join him fairly normally on recons and shelling out time with him and introduced again a whole lot of reminiscences.”

Classification from fourth and final phase:

1. Benoit Cosnefoy (FRA/ALM), 4 hours 23min 28sec, 2. Bauke Mollema (NED/TFS) at 2sec, 3. Thibault Pinot (FRA/GFC) very same time, 4. Egan Bernal (COL/INE) s.t., 5. Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS/AST) s.t., 6. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 7sec, 7. Pavel Sivakov (RUS/INE) s.t., 8. Richie Porte (AUS/TFS) s.t., 9. Rafael Valls (ESP/TBM) at 10sec, 10. Warren Barguil (FRA/ARK) 12sec

Ultimate classification:

1. Egan Bernal (COL/INE) 17h 57:27, 2. Pavel Sivakov (RUS/INE) at 19sec, 3. Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS/AST) 23sec, 4. Thibault Pinot (FRA/GFC) 37sec, 5. Bauke Mollema (NED/TFS) 1min 09sec, 6. Richie Porte (AUS/TFS) 1.26., 7. Warren Barguil (FRA/ARK) 1.29., 8. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 1.52., 9. Rafael Valls (ESP/TBM) 1.57., 10. Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI/G.FC) 2.06

26. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL/AST) 5.09.

37. Chris Froome (GBR/INE) 9.26

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