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PARIS: Tour de France champion Egan Bernal said on Wednesday he wanted teammate Ineos and quadruple winner Chris Froome by his side in this year’s race, as the Colombian finished third and the Briton a humble 86th during the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday. .
Reports in French and Italian media over the weekend claimed Froome was in doubt to be part of Ineos’ squad for the Grand Boucle which starts on August 29.
Froome, 35, who won the last of his Tour titles in 2017 and will join Israel Start-Up Nation at the end of the season, slowed down to less than four kilometers to go in eastern France and did failed to keep pace with the peloton.
“He’s a runner who has a lot of experience. Of course, having a seven-time Grand Tour winner on the team is something important. So yes, I would like to have him in the team, ”Bernal told the British channel. ITV.
“I feel good but we’ll see tomorrow and during the week. But as we always say, the most important thing is to arrive well in the Tour, that will be our biggest goal, ”added Bernal.
Jumbo-Visma’s Wout Van Aert followed up his Milan-Sanremo victory on Sunday by crushing the Colombian third in a sprint near Saint-Etienne with the South African Daryl Impey in second.
This season’s runner-up has been shortened and moved due to the coronavirus pandemic with Froome, who finished 5min 23sec behind Van Aert, returning to a race that nearly ended his career last year when he had a serious accident .
“Apparently I have good legs. I arrived at the hotel very tired yesterday and the team still did a perfect job for me today, ”Van Aert told France Televisions.
Thursday’s 135-kilometer second stage starts from the city of Vienne to the Col de Porte and includes three steep climbs.
Result of the step:
1. Wout Van Aert (BEL / JUM) 5h 27min 42sec, 2. Daryl Impey (RSA / MIT) same time, 3. Egan Bernal (COL / INE) st, 4. Alejandro Valverde (ESP / MOV) st, 5. Tadej Pogacar (SLO / UAE) st, 6. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ / ASY) st, 7. Sergio Higuita (COL / EF1) st, 8. Benoit Cosnefroy (FRA / ALM) st, 9. Primoz Roglic (SLO / JUM )) st, 10. Guillaume Martin (FRA / COF) st
Selection of others
18. Romain Bardet (FRA / ALM) st, 19. Thibaut Pinot (FRA / FDJ) st, 22. Tom Dumoulin (NED / JUM) st, 23. Steven Kruijswijk (NED / JUM) st, 26. Geraint Thomas (GBR ) / INE) st, 86. Chris Froome (GBR / INE) 5 minutes 33 sec

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