Bernal ready for racing return

31 Jul 2020

Bernal ready for racing return

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Egan Bernal is relishing his return to the peloton as he resumes his racing programme from Saturday.

The Colombian is part of a strong Team INEOS lineup tackling La Route d'Occitanie. The four-day event is the first of a series of French stage races leading up to the Tour de France.

After returning from his homeland, and following a recent training camp in Andorra, it will be the first chance since February for Bernal to test his legs in a race environment.

On the eve of the event he told TeamINEOS.com: "I am in good condition. I have trained really well and I'm feeling ready for the race. I don’t know exactly where I am – I think I'm in good condition, but obviously the races are different to when you are training. 

"I’m really excited about the race – it’s our first one after lockdown and I just want to enjoy it, while training hard for the Tour. That’s the most important thing – continuing to build up for the Tour de France. I really hope to arrive there in my best condition so I hope these three races will be really good training for me."
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal

I’m really excited about the race – it’s our first one after lockdown and I just want to enjoy it, while training hard for the Tour.
Tour de l'Ain will follow hot on the heels of La Route d'Occitanie, with the Criterium du Dauphine set to be Bernal's final race before he aims to defend his Tour title.

He added: "We were training very hard and well in Andorra but we have saved some intensity for the races. We are trying to arrive fresh for the Tour. The intensity we do will be in this block of racing.

"Le Tour de France is one of the most beautiful races. It’s really good to have a focus and a goal again – not just training and training, not knowing when you will race again. It’s really nice to be back racing."
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