Bernal fourth following Col de Porte

13 Aug 2020

Bernal fourth following Col de Porte

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Critérium du Dauphiné - Stage two: Vienne › Col de Porte, 135km

Egan Bernal finished 10th on the Col de Porte summit finish as the general classification picture changed at the Criterium du Dauphine.

Team INEOS took it up on the hors-categorie climb, putting the whole team on the front to gradually increase the pace. After turns from Dylan van Baarle, Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Geraint Thomas and Pavel Sivakov, attacks began to fire as the peloton broke apart.

Bernal worked hard to follow the moves, positioning himself on the wheel of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). After a brief acceleration with 1.5km to go, Bernal slipped back in the closing metres to finish 10th, 10 seconds back on stage winner Roglic.

Bernal now sits fourth overall, 16 seconds back on Roglic whilst also retaining the white young rider jersey.


- Chris Froome

“It’s incredible to be back in the peloton, but keeping in mind I’ve only had a handful of days racing in over a year’s time now. Obviously I’m still finding the race rhythm but I’m feeling better and better as I do more days of racing. I’m feeling optimistic about the Tour.
“Egan has done really well in Occitanie and Tour de l’Ain. We had a victory and a second place, so the whole team here is trying to look after Egan and try to put him in the best place to go for the victory.
“Every day is a test and every day is about pushing the condition. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made so far – it’s been really encouraging.”
GC after stage two:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 9:07:12
2. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) +12"
3. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hangrohe) +14"
4. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +16"
5. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +18"