Bernal does not hide: "The goal is to win the general"

"We have two cards to play in. Kwiatkowski is very strong and can respond on the mountain, we will see him over the weekend," said the Colombian at the end of the time trial.

El Colombian Egan Bernal (Sky), second of Paris Nice after Polish teammate Michal Kwiatkowski, noted that his team "has two cards to play" and that the goal is none other than "to win the general" .

"Creo that the situation is very good for us, we have two cards to play in. Kwiatkowski is very strong and can respond in the mountains, we will see it over the weekend. The leader is my partner and we have a very good team to help him in the ports ".

The jewel of Colombian cycling, 22, stressed that the leader of the Sky is Kwiatkowski and for him the British squad will work. "Our goal is to win Paris-Nice, Michal is our leader, so we will try to win the race with him. It would be good to win a stage, but we will not risk the general for a partial victory" .

Bernal admitted that he does not expect a put on the clock, just 15 seconds behind Briton Simon Yates. "I think I did a good time trial ... To be honest, I expected to lose a lot more time, but that's fine with me, since I'm not an expert" .

Luis Leon: "Now come the decisive stages"

The Spanish Luis Leon Sánchez (Astana), tenth in the chrono and third in the overall of the Paris Nice, was satisfied with his result in the stage, which kept his place in the podium, but warned that the decisive stages are coming. "So far I am third in the general classification, but the decisive stages are still to come. I am going to do this race every day and we will see what can be done" .

The Murcian rider referred to the time trial of 25 kilometers disputed in Barbentane. "I made the fastest time and I think it was good for me. The race was tough with strong in the first part of the course, but anyway, they were the same conditions for everyone" .

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