Bernal holds station in second at Tour

10 Sep 2020

Bernal holds station in second at Tour

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Tour de France - Stage 12 » Chauvigny › Sarran, 218km

Egan Bernal remains in second position at the Tour de France, 21 seconds off the race lead following the longest stage of the race.

Stage 12 always looked set to play into the hands of a breakaway and so it proved, with Bernal finishing in a relaxed peloton, two minutes and 33 seconds back on solo victor Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb).

With two upcoming summit finishes from the next three stages, the peloton were content to hold back and allow a large group to go clear.

Bernal was well protected by his INEOS Grenadiers teammates across the undulating stage, before crossing the line alongside race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).
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- Egan Bernal

“There was not the battle for the GC today. The whole day we were thinking about the bonus seconds that were there on the final climb. The breakaway has stayed away. It was a really hard day. Bora were pulling really hard for Sagan and the fight for the green jersey. Tomorrow we will feel it in the legs.
 
“We have seen tomorrow’s stage. We did the recon and the last two kilometres are really steep and hard. We need to arrive there as fresh as we can and try to do our best, because for sure there will be differences.”

Tour de France overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 51:26:46
2. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +21"
3. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +28"
4. Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) +30"
5. Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) +32"
15. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +3:42"