Defending champion Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the Tour de France forward of stage 17, his Ineos Grenadiers workforce stated on Wednesday.
Bernal, whose hopes of profitable the race fell away when he cracked in Sunday’s 15th stage, was dropped from the principle bunch within the ascent to Saint-Nizier, affected by again pains in Tuesday’s 16th stage received by Lennard Kaemna. [nL8N2GC5AJ]
Bernal had stated that compensating for his again led to some discomfort in his knee.
“This is clearly not how I needed my Tour de France to finish, however I agree that it’s the proper determination for me within the circumstances,” Bernal stated in a press release https://www.ineosgrenadiers.com/article/egan-bernal-withdraws-from-the-tour-de-france.
“I’ve the best respect for this race and I’m already trying ahead to coming again within the years forward.”
The 23-year-old will concentrate on his restoration from the Tour, and reset his targets for the remainder of the season, his workforce stated.
They didn’t specify the rationale for his withdrawl.
“We’ve taken this determination with Egan’s greatest pursuits at coronary heart,” Ineos workforce principal Dave Brailsford stated.
“Egan is a real champion who likes to race, however he’s additionally a younger rider, with many Tours forward of him and at this level, on steadiness, we really feel it’s wiser for him to cease racing.”
The Colombian had pulled out of the Criterium du Dauphine with again pains final month.
Last 12 months, Bernal grew to become the youngest rider to win the Tour de France in 110 years.