Bernal withdraws from the Tour de France before the 17th stage

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(Reuters) – Defending champion Egan Bernal withdrew from the Tour de France ahead of stage 17, his team Ineos Grenadiers announced on Wednesday.

“This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me under the circumstances,” Bernal said in a statement here.

“I have the utmost respect for this race and I can’t wait to come back in the years to come.

The 23-year-old will focus on his recovery from the Tour and reset his goals for the remainder of the season, his team said.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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