Bernal the best young rider Down Under

21 Jan 2018

Bernal the best young rider Down Under

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Egan Bernal wrapped up the Young Rider classification as the Tour Down Under came to a close with a traditional sprint finish on Adelaide’s city streets.

Team Sky’s sprinter Chris Lawless was denied the chance to battle for the stage win after coming down on the final circuit, but thankfully the young Brit was able to remount and finish, coming away with nothing more than a graze.

Up ahead it was Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) who emerged victorious, picking up his second win of the race. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) finished the 90km stage safely to seal the first Tour Down Under victory of his career.
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal

I’m very happy with the confidence the team showed in me.
Bernal rolled home to seal the Young Rider jersey and wrap up sixth overall. Speaking to after the stage, the young Colombian declared himself happy with his Team Sky debut.

He said: "I’m very happy with the confidence the team showed in me. All of the guys did a really good job - they always kept me in the first part of the peloton and I’m really happy to finish sixth on the general classification and win the Young Rider’s jersey.

"I think it’s good for my first race with the team and first race of the year and we can learn a lot from this. I think for sure in the future I can be better."

Egan now heads home to Colombia, where he will prepare for the national championships and Colombia Oro y Paz.

"I will spend a couple of days at home with my coach, Xabi [Artetxe], then we will go to Medellin for the national championships and Colombia Oro y Paz. I think it can be a great race and I feel really good.

"After this race I will go to Colombia with a really good feeling."

The stage played out in typical fashion, although the peloton had to work hard to bring back the last escapee of the day's break, Logan Owen (EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale). 

He hit out alone with five laps to go and held a two-minute advantage, but it was quickly whittled down by Mitchelton-Scott, who were looking to set up both Ewan for the stage and keep Impey in the leader's jersey.

In the end they only completed one of those tasks, with Greipel bursting round Ewan on the line to take the 18th Tour Down Under stage win of his illustrious career.

Tour Down Under stage six result:

1. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) 2:01:19
2. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb)
5. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
19. Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

General classification:

1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)  20:03:34
2. Richie Porte (BMC) s.t.
3. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) +16"
4. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) +20"
5. Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
6. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) s.t.

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