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Egan Bernal: We need to take the decision over whether I go to the Tour or not

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Like a giant roller-coaster from start to finish over five mountain ranges, next year’s Tour de France will feature new summits and only a few time-trial kilometers.

That should delight pure climbers like defending champion Egan Bernal.

“It will be a good parcours for a good climber because there’s one time trial and the final part of the race will be really hard,”  Bernal said.

“There are really steep climbs, really hard climbs and I think that people will try and attack. That will be good and it will mean a good Tour to watch on TV.”

“First we need to take the decision over whether I go to the Tour or not. We have really good riders who can win the Tour. We need to be calm, talk to the team and to Dave and then analyse the parcours,” he said.

“I would like to come back to the Tour next year but I also have a lot of respect for the Giro and the Vuelta. We’ll see what the decision of the team is. For sure I want to come back as I’m the last winner. It would be nice to come back with number one on my back. It’s not just me in this team, though; there are other riders.”