Bernal takes second at Tour de l'Ain

09 Aug 2020

Bernal takes second at Tour de l'Ain

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Tour de l'Ain - Stage three: Saint-Vulbas › Grand Colombier, 144.5km

Egan Bernal secured second place overall with a battling ride on the final day of the Tour de l’Ain.
The Colombian put in a late attack in the final kilometre on the Grand Colombier climb, but was unable to hold off Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), finishing four seconds back on the stage and 18 seconds overall.
Despite slipping back briefly, Bernal held on well in an elite group of climbers on terrain that will be revisited in the form of stage 15 at the upcoming Tour de France.
Team INEOS had applied the pressure earlier in the stage, splitting the race on the Col de la Biche. Bernal had four riders for support on the descent with Geraint Thomas taking up the work in the valley.
Andrey Amador took up the tempo on the final climb, before Chris Froome and Jonathan Castroviejo shared the workload. Despite eventually having to face off against four Jumbo-Visma riders Bernal coped well, taking another GC podium to add to his recent victory at La Route d’Occitanie.

Final standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 4:06:"24
2. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +18"
3. Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) +28"
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +56"
5. George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) +1:27"