Contador: Egan Bernal is the favorite of the reprogrammed Tour de France


The Tour de France 2020 is still a long way off, with a revised start date of August 29, but that did not prevent double winner Alberto Contador from making defending champion Egan Bernal the favorite to defend his yellow jersey.

Contador made the prediction in an interview broadcast on a Colombian radio station Caracol, declaring that Bernal’s maturity and the strength of the Ineos team contribute to his success.

“If I were to indicate a favorite now, I would definitely choose Egan Bernal,” said Contador. “He has a solid team behind him. In addition, Bernal is already very mature, both in the race and on the sidelines. “

Contadors old rival Chris Froome recently spoke with several teams about a possible transfer, and the Briton, who has won the race four times, will be looking for a fifth this fall.

The 35-year-old claims that he recovered from his career-threatening accident at the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné, although his limited exposure to running since the recovery has given little information about his current physical condition.

Contador, however, contends that Froome’s experience of winning the race in the past means that he is equipped to do so again.

“Froome still has the potential to win the Tour. He knows, just like Bernal, what it means to win the race, “he said, adding that the leaders of Jumbo-Visma do not have the same experience.

“That’s why I put Primož Roglič and Tom Dumoulin a step lower – they failed to finish on the top step. “

Contador was also positive about Nairo Quintana’s chances of success.

The Colombian is a champion of the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta of Spain and has finished on the Tour podium three times, although his form in the Grand Tour has not been up to par in his last two years at Movistar, his best result being fourth at Vuelta last year.

The transition to the French team of Arkéa-Samsic for 2020 saw an improvement in the results at the beginning of this year, while Quintana won victories in the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes and Var and the Tour de la Provence, as well than a victory on the last stage of Paris-Nice, where he finished sixth in the general classification after losing time in the crosswinds at the start of the race.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the race cancellations that followed robbed her of the opportunity to see Quintana in July.

“Few people still dare to put their money on Quintana, but what he has shown this season is simply impressive,” said Contador. “Quintana dominated the climb – no one has been able to follow yet. He can still win the Tour de France, yes. “

The Tour de France 2020 will take place from August 29 to September 20, as part of the revised season calendar published in full by the UCI on Tuesday.


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