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Sport Bernal 'so happy' to be back ahead of Tour defence

15:53  01 august  2020
15:53  01 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

Bernal and Froome keep pace as Colbrelli wins bunch sprint

  Bernal and Froome keep pace as Colbrelli wins bunch sprint Italian sprinter Sonny Colbrelli of the Bahrain-McLaren team won a bunch sprint on stage two of the four-day French Route d'Occitanie race on Sunday after a 174.5km run from Carcassonne to Cap Decouverte. Saturday's stage winner, French sprinter Bryan Coquard, came home second and keeps hold of the overall lead until Monday's mountain stage.Britain's Chris Froome and Colombian Tour de France champion Egan Bernal are warming up on the race for the upcoming Tour which embarks from nearby Nice on August 29.

Egan Bernal was all smiles Saturday before he embarked on the Route d'Occitanie stage race as he prepares to defend his Tour de France title in The 23-year-old Ineos rider was wearing the number one jersey ahead of his four-time Tour de France winning teammate Chris Froome in the number two

Bernal overtook his Team Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas in the overall standings while Julian Alaphilippe said he ‘gave everything’ to hold on to his lead.

Egan Bernal was all smiles Saturday before he embarked on the Route d'Occitanie stage race as he prepares to defend his Tour de France title in three weeks' time.

a close up of a person with a helmet on a motorcycle: Colombia's Egan Bernal will defend his Tour title starting August 29 © Thibault Camus Colombia's Egan Bernal will defend his Tour title starting August 29

The 23-year-old Ineos rider was wearing the number one jersey ahead of his four-time Tour de France winning teammate Chris Froome in the number two jersey.

It is the Colombian's first race since returning to Europe from his native country following the sport's coronavirus shutdown.

Roglic fires Tour de France warning to Bernal with Ain stage win

  Roglic fires Tour de France warning to Bernal with Ain stage win Primoz Roglic edged Tour de France holder Egan Bernal in a tight finish to clinch the second stage of the Tour de l'Ain on Saturday exactly three weeks ahead of the start of this year's 'Grand Boucle'. Jumbo-Visma's Roglic, who won last year's Vuelta a Espana, also took the overall leader's jersey to press home his claims for the Tour which begins on August 29. Roglic paid tribute to his team-mates including Steven Kruijswijk, George Bennett and Tom Dumoulin, who all finished within the top 25."It was a perfect day. The whole team did a really great job and I was super happy that I could finish it off," Roglic said.

The 30-year-old is therefore outside the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings who will contest the first of the three play-off events next month and faces an uphill battle to reach the season-ending Tour Championship which is restricted to the top 30. Baseball is back in San Francisco…

Defending champion Froome will return to the race, starting in the Pays de la Loire on Saturday, having been cleared of any wrongdoing by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) READ MORE: Salah and Mane to be on Liverpool's American tour Klopp confirms.

"I want to enjoy the feeling of racing again and at the same time sharpen my fitness for the Tour," Bernal said.

"The key thing is to have a good time. We are so happy to get involved in a race, see the other teams and all that."

British outfit Ineos boast the last five winners of the Tour de France in their ranks with Froome in 2015-2017, Geraint Thomas in 2018 and Bernal in 2019.

Bernal is favourite to win the 2020 edition with the British bookmakers.

Thomas is signed up as a reserve at the Route d'Occitanie.

The Tour de France is scheduled to embark from Nice on August 29 and arrive in Paris 21 stages later on September 20.

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