The public began to focus on Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers). As the defending champion, this racer from Colombia has never shown his performance in the 2020 Tour de France. Bernal was “kicked” by the Slovenian wonderkid Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates).
His performance was questioned following the unsatisfactory results on the 13th stage Friday (11/9) night. The captain of the Ineos Grenadiers team finished 18th. 38 seconds slower than his main rival this season, Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma who finished 12th on stage 13.
The results of Friday night’s race affected Bernal’s position in the General Classification (GC). He slipped from second to third place. Now Bernal is 59 seconds adrift of Roglic. Meanwhile, Pogacar actually rose five places from seventh to runner-up.
“I did my best. It’s just that the other riders are stronger than me. I can’t do more,” said Bernal after finishing at the top of Puy Mary.
Not asking for losing second place in GC, Bernal also had to take off his white jersey for Pogacar. The 21-year-old racer topped the youth classification with a 15-second lead over Bernal. Bernal will have to work even harder if he wants to keep his chances of winning TdF this year.
He must be faster in the remaining eight stages. Not only to overtake Pogacar and Roglic, but also to avoid the pursuit of two colleagues from Colombia, Rigoberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling) and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic). Uran and Quintana are only 11 seconds and 13 seconds adrift of Bernal.
“However, I will not give up. We have to keep morale high and do our best,” said Bernal.