Egan Bernal: We want to be fresh for third week

Jumbo-Visma dominated Egan Bernal and Team Ineos Grenadiers in the final meters of the first summit finish of 2020 Tour de France, but the 2019 champion remains optimistic.

“It was really fast and a really short climb, punchy in the final. It was a good climb to see how the GC riders are,” Egan Bernal said after the stage. “I was happy to arrive with them because it was really hard.”

Inside last kilometre of stage 4, Michał Kwiatkowski tried to drag Egan Bernal into position for the win, but the impressive pace set by Sepp Kuss was too much for the Colombian, who just managed to pin himself to the wheel of Julian Alaphilippe.

“The aim was not to lose time, and I’m pleased not to be losing time on Roglic.”

“It’s not good when another GC rider gets some seconds, but I think we need to be patient. The best scenario is to reach that third week in as good a position as possible and then try to recover what’s lost on the long climbs of that week.”

“We want to be as fresh as we can for that third week. All 21 stages matter.”

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