Bernal: I try not to think about the Tour de France

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Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) reiterated his intention to make his Giro d’Italia debut in 2021, but acknowledged that his plans could change depending on the Grand Tours, if any, organized this season.

The Colombian was scheduled to ride the Giro in 2019, but changed his schedule after suffering a broken collarbone in a training accident shortly before the race. He then drove and won the Tour de France.

Bernal’s 2020 campaign was planned to defend this Tour title, but it is not yet known when the next edition of the race will take place. All races are suspended until June 1 at least due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some races in June – including the Tour de Suisse, won by Bernal in 2019 – have already been canceled.

“Driving the Giro is one of the things I have wanted to do since my first season as a professional,” said Bernal. Sky Sport 24. “I lived in Italy, I have a lot of friends in your country and I know the roads. The idea for this year was to do the Tour and end-of-season classics like Il Lombardia, then go to the Giro in 2021, but now we have to understand how this season will end. “

Bernal has only raced in Colombia so far in 2020, placing third in his national time trial championship, second in road racing, and fourth in Tour Colombia’s overall standings. He was due to make his first WorldTour appearance of the season at Paris-Nice, but his Ineos team withdrew from the race following the death of sports director Nicolas Portal.

The 23-year-old has since returned to his native Colombia, where he suffered a period of self-isolation upon his arrival. In February, his regular training partner, ├ôscar Sevilla, expressed admiration for how well Bernal had prepared for the new season despite the demands of being the first winner of the Tour of Colombia. “I think he must be one of the few riders to have won a Tour de France and who had already reached his ideal weight the following December,” said Sevilla. Cyclingnews.

Having rigorously planned his season around the Tour, Bernal now finds himself training with little idea as to the resumption of his campaign and without certainty as to the possible date of the next Tour de France.

“In reality, I try not to think about it,” he said. “The situation is so difficult that you cannot speculate on a date. I hope we can ride it, for me, for my team, for cycling in general and of course for all the fans. “

Bernal is also auctioning off a bicycle and Tour de France jerseys to provide food and other supplies to Colombian children during the coronavirus pandemic. He runs the auction to raise funds for the Fundaci├│n Exito, a children’s charity.

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