Bernal benefitting from Tour experience

16 Jul 2019

Bernal benefitting from Tour experience

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Egan Bernal is growing in confidence at the Tour de France as he reaches the rest day of his second Grand Tour.

Whereas 12 months ago the Colombian was making a voyage into the unknown at the Tour, this time around he is more comfortable in the surroundings of the world's biggest bike race.

Sitting third overall after 10 stages with the white young rider's jersey on his shoulders, the 22 year old has put in an assured performance thus far. 

Bernal came through a wild finish to stage 10 on Monday and saw himself elevated into a podium position, just four seconds behind team-mate Geraint Thomas.

Speaking during the rest day, Bernal highlighted the difference between this year's edition and his current GC battle. He explained: "I believe the biggest difference so far has been that in this Tour I have a bit more confidence. Last year I arrived and was quite scared because it was going to be my first Grand Tour and everything was new. I think this year I have more experience and I know what I am facing, therefore I think that's the big difference. 

"Next week I think we need to carry on doing what we are doing at the moment and stay focused, take it one day at a time, and try to take advantage of any opportunity that comes along."
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal

I think this year I have more experience and I know what I am facing.
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With the fight for the GC set to hot up in the second week, Bernal is refusing to rule out any contenders in the fight for yellow.

He added: "There are so many that it’s difficult to pick a top 10. I believe that we need to be careful of all of them, and at the end of the day even those who lost time on stage 10 are not out of contention for the general classification. We need to carry on and be mindful of riders such as (Mikel) Landa or (Thibaut) Pinot who lost time. 

"These are guys that specialise in three-week races, so if they've lost a minute it doesn’t mean that they can’t contend for the GC. We need to remain focused, don’t get overconfident and stay grounded because there is still a lot of the Tour left."
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