Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal demonstrated his form less than a month before defending last year’s triumph at the Tour de France by winning the Route d’Occitanie. The 23-year-old rider won a four-stage race in the south of France, 19 seconds ahead of Russian Ineos teammate Pavel Sivakov.
Bernal took a decisive step towards overall success with victories in Monday’s royal stage. In today’s final, he finished fourth in the victory of the home team Benoit Cosnefroy.
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome worked more on Route d’Occitanie as an assistant to Bernal’s teammates with Sivakov and finished 37th overall. The only Czech cyclist Josef Černý was seventh in the first stage and finished sixth in the final standings.
The Critérium du Dauphiné will be the general on the Tour from 12 to 16 August. The “old lady” will run from August 29 to September 20 in a revised calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic.
|Route d’Occitanie cycling race in France – final standings after the 4th stage:|
|1. Bernal (Col.) 17:57:25|
|2. Sivakov -19|
|3. Vlasov (oba Rus.) -23|
|4. Pinot (Fr.) -37|
|5. Mollema (Niz.) -1: 09|
|6. Gate (Austr.) -1: 26|
|54. Black (CZE) -19: 04|