Bernal feeling good ahead of climbs

15 Feb 2019

Bernal feeling good ahead of climbs

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Tour Colombia stage 4: Medellin-Medellin, 144km

Egan Bernal feels he is well placed and ready to race ahead of a decisive final weekend of Tour Colombia.
The race’s defending champion was well supported by his Team Sky teammates across a relentless circuit in Medellin, with the day culminating in a bunch sprint.
Bernal crossed the line safely to remain well placed on GC, in sixth overall, 12 seconds back on new leader Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and firmly in striking distance with the climbing set to intensify.
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal

It’s like the race is divided in two parts. Tomorrow, our parcours arrives! We will try our best.
- Egan Bernal
I’m happy with the position that we have now in the GC. We have a good team for the next two days. It’s like the race is divided in two parts. Tomorrow, our parcours arrives! We will try our best.
"I feel good but the climbs haven’t been too long. Tomorrow will be different but I hope to have the same feeling as these days."
- Chris Froome
"It was a tough little circuit here in Medellin today. I’m just feeling that I don’t quite have that race pace yet and racing against a whole peloton of Colombians who are at a really good level, I’m really feeling it! 

"Egan’s at a really good level so the whole team is behind him. I’m going to do whatever I can over the next two days to help him out, especially with all the big climbs coming up. The full team is behind Egan now and hopefully he’ll be able to pull it off again."

- Nicolas Portal
"The first big block is done now - all the flat stages are behind us. Tomorrow is a big, big day - for me, the queen stage. It is not a summit finish but there’s a pretty hard climb. Then on Sunday, just outside of Medellin, we’ll tackle the Las Palmas climb, 15km at 7%. With the altitude that’s going to be massive. 
"We still have four guys up there on GC so we’re really close to taking the jersey and we’re in a really good position. All six guys feel well and we’re full of hope."

What's Next?

The General Classification battle heats up on the penultimate day with a climb-packed circuit around La Union. With four ascents of Alto El Nano, a hard pace could see the bunch split ahead of the Alto La Union finale. 
Stage four result:

1. Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 3:43:38
2. Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) +2"
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) s.t.
4. Cristian Villareal (Selección Ecuador)
5. Hideto Nakane (Nippo Vini Fantini)

Overall standings:

1. Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 10:24:13
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +2"
3. Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) +4"
4. Daniel Martínez (EF Education First) s.t.
5. Lawson Craddok (EF Education First)
6. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +12"
7. Jhonatan Narváez (Team Sky) +13"
8. Iván Sosa (Team Sky) +14"
9. Sebastián Henao (Team Sky) s.t.

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