In the final 7km of the final stage, Egan Bernal found himself with nowhere to go as Movistar rider Jose Joaquin Rojas crashed in front of him on the fast descent.
With race and team medical staff quickly at his side Bernal was forced to abandon the race while in a comfortable second place. Bernal had an initial x-ray and will undergo further investigations on his shoulder.
“Everyone is a little bit gutted. All the boys worked so hard, committed and rode themselves into the ground all week for him. To beat Valverde today I think we would have had our work cut out, but we would have been really happy with second place. Obviously that was all lost in the crash – but there was nothing Egan could have done”, said Sport Director Brett Lancaster.
“One thing we can take out of it, and we saw again today, was that it looked like Egan and Valverde were the strongest two in the race. No one else could follow Valverde when he moved, so you can see Egan is at that real elite level. It’s really promising for the future.”