Bernal moves up to second

06 Sep 2020

Bernal moves up to second

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Tour de France - Stage 9 » Pau › Laruns, 153km

Egan Bernal produced another impressive performance at the Tour de France to move up to second place after nine stages.

The Colombian forced his way into an elite group of favourites on the day's final climb, the Col de Marie Blanque, with the move staying clear to the finish in Laruns. 

After catching lone escapee Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) with two kilometres to go, Bernal was able to sprint to fourth, and with a number of contenders distanced on the run-in, he continued to move up the general classification.

Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) edged out the sprint to win the stage ahead of compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), with the latter moving into the race lead. Bernal now sits 21 seconds behind Roglic as the race arrives at the first rest day.

The day began in Pau, with the INEOS Grenadiers lining up at the head of the race, joining Sir Dave Brailsford and the family of Nico Portal in a tribute to the much-missed Sport Director. 

When racing began a long battle ensued to get into the breakaway. Dylan van Baarle made his way into a move on the Col de la Hourcere before Jonathan Castroviejo finally managed to get clear as part of a second group.

The peloton began to thin out on the final climb, with Bernal able to follow the attacks when they came as the GC situation changed once again.

- Egan Bernal

"I think it was a good day again. It’s not just about the time you gain and the time you lost. In this part of the race it’s important the feeling you have on the bike. The feeling I had today was better than yesterday. I’m really happy for that and I enjoyed a lot the last climbs. Realistically on the short climbs you can’t make a big difference on a climb like this. It gives me a bit of confidence looking at the next part of the race.
"I know that I have lost time to Roglic and Pogacar again, but I should be patient, stay focused and try to go day by day. Because this is a race for two more weeks and it will be hard the last 10 stages."
Stage nine result:

1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) 3:55:17
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb)
4. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers)
5. Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren)

Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 38:40:01
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"