Bernal holds fifth at Tour

03 Sep 2020

Bernal holds fifth at Tour

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Tour de France - Stage 6 » Le Teil › Mont Aigoual, 191km

Egan Bernal retained fifth place overall at the Tour de France as the general classification picture remained unchanged despite a summit finish on stage six.
 
The INEOS Grenadiers set the tempo over the penultimate Col des Mourezes, before taking it up on the final ascent of the Col de la Lusette. With a breakaway up the road taking the bonus seconds, the group of overall contenders were content to finish together.
 
Michal Kwiatkowski, Bernal and Richard Carapaz finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectively on Mont Aigoual, 2:53 behind breakaway stage winner Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).
 
That ensured Bernal kept hold of fifth overall, still 13 seconds back on race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
 
The team spent the day well positioned behind leaders Mitchelton-Scott, before Dylan van Baarle and Andrey Amador arrived to the fore on the penultimate climb. Jonathan Castroviejo worked hard on the final drag before Kwiatkowski helped shepherd in his team leaders.
Photo: A.S.O./Pauline Ballet

Photo: A.S.O./Pauline Ballet

Reaction

- Michal Kwiatkowski

"We know that the climb is pretty tricky in terms of its really bad surface. It was just basically just getting us out of trouble. Being in the wheels on that climb we’d suffer more, so we took the opportunity and we just rode on the front with our own speed, saving energy and trying to stay safe. Mission complete.
 
"We were not afraid to take it on and try for the stage win even today. But that was a pretty strong breakaway with the names out there. We knew it wouldn’t be an easy task to shut that down and my money was on the breakaway today."
Stage six result:

1. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) 4:32:34
2. Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) +55"
3. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) +2:15"
4. Neilson Powless (EF Pro Cycling) +2:17"
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +2:52"
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (INEOS Grenadiers) +2:53"
8. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.
9. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers)

Overall standings

1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) 27:03:57
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) +3”
3. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +7”
4. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +9”
5. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +13”
20. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +41"