On Saturday, 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal announced he was calling time on a season marred by injury. Bernal lined up for the start of the Grand Boucle in Nice with back problems. Bernal’s Tour de France title defense ended prematurely when he was forced to quit the race ahead of the 17th stage when trailing by over 19 minutes.
“I want to tell you that I won’t be competing anymore this year,” the 23-year-old Colombian posted on Instagram.
“After the health problems I had on the Tour de France I am 100 percent focused on my recovery and return to competition in 2021,” he added.
Bernal had planned to compete in the Vuelta a Espana, which was rescheduled due to the coronavirus to October 20.
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